Reviews - What do customers think about Rewrite: A Step-by-Step Guide to Strengthen Structure, Characters, and Drama in your Screenplay?
All you need to know Sep 9, 2008
Rewrite covers everything you need to know about making your idea into a screenplay that somebody will want to buy.
You know the stakes have to be high, the scenes have to have a point, the protagonist needs to have a goal...but this book tells you HOW to do that, and also what to cut, step-by-step through the structure that you cannot afford to mess with.
Mentor is the perfect word to describe Paul Chitlik. He knows exactly how to explain what makes a screenplay successful. This book is a must-read, not only after your first draft is done, but during the development of your idea. Making your idea better and stronger before you start writing is like tuning up your car before you take a long trip.
Don't chance a breakdown! Read this book and make your story work before you write your first scene.
Great! Jun 28, 2008
This book provides an excellent step by step approach to the rewrite process. No matter how good your script is, this will improve it or confirm that it is as good as you think it is.
Paul is the man to see. Jun 22, 2008
I began studying screenwriting by taking Robert McKee's Story course back in '04. While it was a good introduction to the craft generally (maybe "academically" is a better word), Paul Chitlik's course in the UCLA extension program really got me started on the road to becoming a professional. Paul goes straight to the heart of the process from the very first session of class, and holds a true line to the end. I was fortunate to be a runner up in the UCLA Screenwriting Contest in 2007 with a story I wrote for his course, and did well in a few other contests, including Nicholl. Had I turned in the draft I've written recently using "Rewrite," I think I would have had a better shot at winning. If you want to be a screenwriter, and have a good story in you, Paul can help you get it on those hundred odd blank pages, and make it great in later drafts. Take his course. He's the guy.
One of the Best! May 26, 2008
The title of this book is "Rewrite" but save yourself a lot of work and read this book BEFORE you start your next script.
Paul Chitlik is an amazing instructor at UCLA (under his tutelage, my second screenplay ever went on to win the prestigious UCLA Professional Screenwriting Contest) and he has distilled his teachings into this concise yet comprehensive book.
This book is a "must have" for any screenwriter. I have a feeling that I'll be rereading it every time I finish a rough draft.
A beacon for writers May 9, 2008
As a screenwriter and a professional editor and writing coach, I highly recommend this book. It has already helped me personally in a quick turnaround re-write I needed to do. The book provides clear guidance while not prescribing formulaic cliches. The examples are excellent and the information invaluable. Chiltlik strikes a balanced tone of the work required in rewriting and the humor required in getting oneself to do the work. A true gem of a book.