Reviews - What do customers think about And the Best Screenplay Goes to...Learning from the Winners - Sideways, Shakespeare in Love, Crash?
Seger's Best -- and that's saying something Jun 17, 2008
I am a professional TV writer and a fan of Ms. Seger's books. I've learned something from each and most from this one. Here, she brings together all of her insights from her other books and much more besides. Her wisdom and understanding of film/tv writing has no peer.
Too Graphic, Apr 5, 2008
I didn't finish the book, I couldn't push past the graphically written scenes and foul language, however, what I read seemed well written. If you're considering writing a graphic or explicit screenplay or script then it may by your cup of tea. It's just.....couldn't script writers leave something to our readers/watchers imaginations? Anyway, not my style.
Like Going To Screenwriting Camp Mar 24, 2008
This book is like going to screenwriting camp with some of the world's top screenwriters ... all while staying in the comfort of your own home.
The book is actually like two books in one: Insightful commentary by Dr. Seger on three Academy Award-winning screenplays ("Crash," "Sideways," and "Shakespeare in Love") .... followed by in-depth interviews with the screenwriters themselves.
Who hasn't always wanted to know where Marc Norman stopped and Tom Stoppard started on "Shakespeare in Love"? Or the true genesis of "Sideways" as it made its (sorry) sideways journey through Hollywood? Or how Paul Haggis successfully navigated multiple story-lines in "Crash"? The answers are all here.
This book is a must-have for anyone serious about the art of the screenplay.
Linda Seger Does It Again: Better Than Ever Mar 21, 2008
There are perhaps a handful of people in the vast motion picture industry who know more about what makes a script work, and not work, than Dr. Linda Seger. But I don't know who they are.
In her new book, AND THE BEST SCREENPLAY GOES TO... Learning from the Winners - Sideways, Shakespeare in Love, Crash, Dr. Seger breaks down these top notch scripts intro myriad categories: the directing process, theme, nuance, story structuring, rewriting, etc., as they specifically pertain to the three scripts she uses. What an advantage: to see how the points can actually be applied. Theory and practice in abundance.
Reading AND THE BEST SCREENPLAY GOES TO... made me realize how much, as writers, we truly are responsible for -- if we are provided with the awareness of the opportunities themselves. Dr. Seger does just that. Her book opened so many roads into making my script better I needed teams of horses to keep me away from my script until I finished this masterful book.
An added bonus, and a big one, is her voice. Dr. Seger makes it seem as if we're sitting in a room together. Reading AND THE BEST SCREENPLAY GOES TO... has already led to many improvements in my own work, and I know the best are yet to come.
And the best review goes to... Mar 4, 2008
Linda Seger, screenwriting guru and author of the seminal Making A Good Script Great, gives you a nice head start on the process in her latest book And The Best Screenplay Goes To..., which examines in detail the biology of three Oscar-winning scripts: Sideways, Shakespeare In Love, and Crash.
Each film is subjected to a minute analysis, broken down into specific categories relevant to the particular story involved. The analysis is followed by 10 study questions to get you thinking. Then you'll find interviews with each of writers of the scripts, and finally, there's a story beats breakdown on each, with setups, turning points, and climaxes all clearly noted.
The real strength of this book is how each movie is investigated in a different way. They're such different movies, and they present different challenges to the analyst. Seger takes all this into account, and doesn't try to cookie-cutter them with any sort of canned metrics. Each gets a custom treatment, keyed to the movie's specific personality.
Screenwriters will get their fill of tips and gambits here, not only from Seger but from the writers themselves, from their discussions of their own processes. You'll get lots of ideas on your approach to story and how to go about realizing your vision.
This book can also be read as work of critical analysis with background included...appealing to movie lovers everywhere!