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Screenplay"In the storm of new screenwriting books, here is an authentic standout. Beyond tons of hands-on advice useful to neophytes and veterans alike, the pages resonate with the authors' love of writers and writing.  As someone who's taught screenwriting at university level for over twenty years, I can wholeheartedly recommend this as a text, intelligently organized to take the student from concept to conclusion. Warm, wise, witty, SCREENPLAY: WRITING THE PICTURE is a welcome contribution to the field."

— Richard Walter, Chairman, Screenwriting Department, UCLA School of Film and Television, and author of Screenwriting: The Art, Craft and Business of Film and Television, and The Whole Picture.


"SCREENPLAY: WRITING THE PICTURE is a comprehensive guide to the screenwriter's galaxy. From nuts-and-bolts to heart-and-soul, this book has it all; if you have any question about screenwriting, you will almost certainly find the answer in this book. It's as close to a screenwriting bible as you are likely to find."

— Michael Colleary; graduate and past screenwriting instructor at UCLA, Colleary co-wrote and co-produced Face/Off with fellow UCLA alumnus Mike Werb.


"If I had to choose only one book for my course's required reading list, I'd pick SCREENPLAY: WRITING THE PICTURE. Finally, a comprehensive screenwriting guide that breaks new ground and reaches beyond a singular, formulaic point-of-view. Russin & Downs present an array of views, including their own cutting-edge approaches to story structure, characterization, dialogue, and theme. They use concrete examples to make their excellent points accessible, and end each chapter with valuable exercises that take the reader from the theoretical into the practical. This is your one-stop shop toward perfecting and marketing every screenwriter's essential calling card: the 'spec' script."

— Neil Landau. Screenwriting Instructor at UCLA, author of the feature film, Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead and numerous TV series, including Melrose Place and The Magnificent Seven.


"This is the best and most widely dimensional book on screenwriting--even better than my own! Bill and Robin have included every major and minor aspect of the screenwriting life, from angst to zeitgeist and craft to art. If there's one book to buy after Aristotle's Poetics, it's SCREENPLAY: WRITING THE PICTURE."

— Lew Hunter, Co-chair, Screenwriting Department, UCLA School of Film and Television. Hunter has worked for Columbia, Lorimar, Paramount, Disney, ABC, NBC, and CBS as a writer, producer and executive for both movies and television series.


"I hate screenwriting books almost as much as I hate screenwriting, screenwriters, and especially screenwriting teachers. But Robin and Bill -- both screenwriters as well as screenwriting teachers (go figure)--have somehow managed to write a useful, witty, insightful book which is not only full of detail on the nuts and bolts of day to day writing, but also contains valuable information about planning a career and getting into the business. Far from being hateful, this book is, believe it or not, really, really good."

— Ed Solomon. Film credits (written or co-written) include Men In Black, Super Mario Bros., Leaving Normal, Mom and Dad Save The World, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, and Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey. Ed has also written for the TV series Arresting Behavior, Laverne & Shirley and It's Garry Shandling's Show.


"I don't have a script!  If you want help, please, read this book. On its pages you'll find everything a film director should know about screenwriting."

— Andrzej Wajda,  Academy Winner, director, screenwriter


"SCREENPLAY: WRITING THE PICTURE  is not the beginning of an avalanche of books on the subject... it's rather the beginning and the end, because after reading this brilliant book I can tell with full confidence that it is impossible to touch the subject deeper or with greater skill! In this book you may find everything that is necessary for understanding the subject."

— Rafal Donica, Editor in Chief of the Polish Film Organization and the Club of Film Fans