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Savvy Characters Sell Screenplays!: A comprehensive guide to crafting winning characters with film analyses and screenwriting exercises

At a Glance

  • An essential and inspirational hands-on guide for creating and crafting compelling characters
  • An invaluable resource analyzing and referencing over 220 Hollywood, independent and foreign films, offering 34 screenwriting exercises, and providing six templates from fictional scripts
  • Learn how to create believable, compelling and gripping characters with distinct characterizations, motivations, and behaviors, and how these people can best drive your plot forward in a meaningful and plausible journey

Analyzing and referencing over 220 films, offering 34 screenwriting exercises, and providing 6 templates from fictional scripts, this book will inspire screenwriters to unleash their ideas, break through stumbling blocks, and strengthen their characters.

A must-have guide for screenwriters, Savvy Characters Sell Screenplays! will help you make your characters thrive in all the essential elements that comprise a successful script. This book has them all -- from protagonists to antagonists, supporting to dysfunctional characters -- learn how to delve into your people and their plots and subplots, settings, dialogue, and relationships.

Whether you are a first-time screenwriter or have written several scripts, Savvy Characters Sell Screenplays! offers inspiration and hands-on tools, guiding you through each critical element of screenwriting, with the spotlight on creating and crafting compelling characters so you can write a savvy screenplay that will sell.

THIRTY-FOUR writing exercises designed to help screenwriters unleash ideas, strengthen their characters, and break through stumbling blocks…

SIX templates from fictional scripts provide hands on assistance with constructing characters, plus… 

TWO HUNDRED-PLUS Hollywood, foreign, and independent movies, spanning approximately seventy years, are analyzed and referenced, offering screenwriters specific character-crafting examples to guide them through their writing process.

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Meet the Author: Susan Kouguell

Susan Kouguell, award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker, teaches screenwriting at Purchase College, SUNY, presents international seminars, and is the author of SAVVY CHARACTERS SELL SCREENPLAYS! and THE SAVVY SCREENWRITER. Kouguell writes for SydneysBuzz and Script Magazine, and more. As chairperson of Su-City Pictures East, LLC, a motion picture consulting company founded in 1990, Kouguell works with over 1,000 writers, filmmakers, executives and studios worldwide. Recipient of many grants and fellowships, including the MacDowell Colony, Jerome Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Edward Albee Fou...

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