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SO YOU WANT TO WRITE A SCREENPLAY? BEFORE YOU DO, KNOW THIS: IT REQUIRES A GREAT DEAL OF EFFORT AND DEDICATION. A LOT OF THESE SCREENWRITING BOOKS LIKE TO FILL YOUR HEAD WITH FALSE PROMISES AND EASY TRICKS. BUT IT’S SO DAMN FAR FROM THE OBVIOUS TRUTH: BECOMING A TALENTED WRITER TAKES A LONG TIME AND A LOT OF HARD WORK. THEY ALSO CONVENIENTLY FORGET TO MENTION THAT THE ODDSSO YOU WANT TO WRITE A SCREENPLAY? BEFORE YOU DO, KNOW THIS: IT REQUIRES A GREAT DEAL OF EFFORT AND DEDICATION. A LOT OF THESE SCREENWRITING BOOKS LIKE TO FILL YOUR HEAD WITH FALSE PROMISES AND EASY TRICKS. BUT IT’S SO DAMN FAR FROM THE OBVIOUS TRUTH: BECOMING A TALENTED WRITER TAKES A LONG TIME AND A LOT OF HARD WORK. THEY ALSO CONVENIENTLY FORGET TO MENTION THAT THE ODDS ARE AGAINST YOU. THERE ARE OVER A MILLION SCRIPTS ALREADY FLOATING AROUND HOLLYWOOD. HULK HAS READ, OH... A COUPLE THOUSAND OF THEM. AND NEARLY EVERY SINGLE PERSON HULK MEETS IN THE FILM INDUSTRY ALREADY HAS A SCRIPT OF SOME SORT. NOT ONLY DOES THE SHEER VOLUME OF SCRIPTS MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO DISTINGUISH ONESELF IN THIS CLIMATE, BUT SO DOES THE FACT THAT THERE ARE ALREADY A VAST NUMBER OF TALENTED, PROFESSIONAL WRITERS IN NEED OF WORK. SO GIVEN ALL THESE CRIPPLING ODDS, WE SHOULD ALL JUST GIVE UP, RIGHT? WELL, NO. YOU’RE NOT HERE READING THIS BECAUSE THAT REALITY BOTHERS YOU. AND THAT’S THE THING ABOUT THE MOVIES: THEY’RE WONDERFUL. THEY’RE THE IMAGINATION OF STORYTELLING MADE TANGIBLE. THEY’RE OUR DREAMS MADE REAL. WHO WOULDN’T WANT TO BE A PART OF ALL THAT? FILM CRIT HULK WAS CREATED IN A CHAOTIC LAB EXPERIMENT INVOLVING GAMMA RADIATION, THE GHOST OF PAULINE KAEL, AND TELEPODS FOR SOME REASON. NOW HULK HAS A DEEP AND ABIDING LOVE OF CINEMA WHEREIN HULK RECOGNIZES THE INHERENT VALUES OF POPULAR, NARRATIVE, OR EXPERIMENTAL STYLES! THROUGH A UNIQUE JOURNEY, HULK HAS ENDED UP WORKING IN HOLLYWOOD FOR OVER A DECADE AND NOW WRITES ABOUT CINEMA AND STORYTELLING IN THOROUGHLY HULK-SIZED FASHION. AND NOW YOU HOLD IN YOUR HANDS / HAVE ON YOUR SCREEN / WHATEVER IN YOUR WHATEVER, THE FIRST EBOOK BY FILM CRIT HULK. THE ONLY THING IT MEANS TO BE IS HELPFUL. Free sentence case version included!...

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  • Yuri Krupenin
    2018-10-24 02:01

    КНИГУ НАПИСАЛ ХАЛК НЕ ВЫКЛЮЧАЯ CAPS LOCK 5/5 WOULD RECOMMENDОдна из лучших вещей из всего, что я читал "про кино". Книга вроде как о сценарном мастерстве и подается под видом руководства для начинающих сценаристов, но читать её интереснее скорей как сборник "случаев из индустрии".ХАЛК демонстрирует на примерах South Park, Iron Man и еще кучи отвратительно нехипстерских фильмов и сериалов, что в кино МНОГИЕ ВЕЩИ ГОРАЗДО СЛОЖНЕЕ ЧЕМ КАЖУТСЯ, указывает на распространенные ошибки сценаристов и попутно смешно шутит про хуй и жопу. В принципе можно наверное принять все рекомендации всерьез и отправиться писать нового гражданина Кейна, но я скорее нашел в книге некую дополнительную систему ориентиров, помогающую лучше понять собственное отношение к фильму.Если пять звездочек из пяти и тот факт, что я вообще оставляю рецензию, не мотивируют в достаточной степени, ТО Я СЕЙЧАС ПОЙДУ МЕТОДОМ ХАЛКА: ПРОЧИТАЙТЕ КНИГУ ТАМ ААААААААААААААПо крайней мере в издании для kindle присутствует и "нормальная" версия текста, но когда вам еще выдастся случай прочитать книгу, написанную капс локом?

  • Matthewwoj
    2018-11-15 21:46

    Again, Ima try and sum up this book in a paragraph to increase retention and blah blah blahWriting (and teaching writing) is the great negotiation. There are so many different schools of thought teeming against individuals who want to write the best that they can, all while garnering their own opinions on the subject. With this multitude of perspectives in mind, at the end of the day, the story is king. But how do you find the story? What is it's purpose? In this post-modern age, seeking out "something to say" may seem overly didactic, but don't be afraid! Post-modernism, when explored, can make one feel that nothing matters. What's the point? Now I ask you, what happens to humanity when we all adapt this attitude? We fall apart. And this happens on so many levels, but what keeps us afloat? Art. Let your writing say something. Let it explore these nebulous, answerless concepts like love, hate, anger, joy, etc. and let the conceit or premise that you develop drive each and every scene. Story is king and writing it is one massive negotiation, so, get to work. Fuck that was preachy, but whatever. This book is fantastic and explores storytelling with real humanity and a surprising amount of tenderness. It feels like a friend.

  • Eoin Connolly
    2018-10-29 00:50

    This is the best book on storytelling I have read. Written by the famous film critic, The Hulk (seriously read his stuff, it's awesome, his website has a 72k word analysis of the James Bond films, for example), the book covers dramatic purpose, theme and the importance of theme to the ending, the fatal flaws in the concept of the three act structure and basically, everything.To summarise, if you're writing or you love films, read this. Pro-Tip: you might want to jump to the middle that has the sentence case version - I've gotten pretty used to the ALL CAPS HULK STYLE OF WRITING so it didn't bother me (in fact, in a weird way, the style of the delivery in contrast to the content is strangely effective).Superb. Even has a foreword from Edgar Wright, who is also awesome.

  • Jaro
    2018-11-04 04:48

    This I need to think about. Review to come.

  • Fil Garrison
    2018-11-13 00:55

    I hate screenwriting books. I spent years in and out of college as a screenwriting and creative writing major trying to find books that told me how to do what I needed to to to get into the business. The 3 act structure. The save the cat moments. After a while, they all end up feeling the same because they all say the same things. "This is how I/my friend/Spielberg did it, this is what executives want and this is how you have to do it."After a little while, I started to find out that they were all bullshit. Every single one is a way for a moderately successful writer (usually with one or two screenplays under his or her belt) to make a little extra cash. This isn't to knock them. I'd do the same thing, but ultimately, you find that they're all going to say the same thing.This book is not like that. This book doesn't claim to be the path to success. It claims to be able to give you the basic rules you need to follow to create a dramatic story from a structural and thematic level. Although he's verbose, FCH distills a lot of different screenwriting techniques into easily digestible chunks, citing multiple ways of achieving the same thing, always with the disclaimer that you can and should break any of these guidelines as long as you can explain how and why it will work.It's a valuable resource, and something I would use as a guideline to sum up a lot of the lessons given across all mediums of storytelling - characters are the most important dramatic center, propulsion comes from decision, theme and having a point to your story is an important ideal to strive for, inconsistencies are okay as long as you're doing everything else right. It's a great way to come at the natural process of storytelling, to explain the basics, things that almost all stories have in common, and then let loose from there. You can't sell a concept, even more importantly, you shouldn't. Every good story ever has had the genetic makeup that FCH describes here - maybe not in the exact same process or methodology, but in general principle. It's without a doubt the most helpful book on storytelling I've read - it breaks the "guidelines" that create cookie-cutter stories and gives you the tools you need on a basic level to start building from scratch. It dismisses the sameness and mediocrity that pervades ALL screenwriting books and classes, and instead glorifies using those tools to create your own story.The importance of this cannot be stated enough. It's not a guideline on how to get into the business, it's not an examination of what makes executives love your work, it's not a how-to guide. It's a list of the basics necessary. And I, for one, find that incredibly useful.If you're looking specifically into how to be a storyteller - this book is a must-read.

  • Zac
    2018-11-11 01:02

    Yes, the all-caps thing can be hard to read - luckily, you get both versions of the book, so that's not really a problem if you're not used to it like I am.This is a really good book. This doesn't try to hold your hand through the process of writing or give you strict structures and ideas that you need to stick to - the author even mentions how terrible the outcome of writing like that usually turns out. Instead, there's a lot more principles and general ideas to how the writing process will go, what you're even trying to do when you write, and what different choices will do to what you're writing. In the end, he just gives you the tools you need and enough advice that you can figure out what to do with it yourself. My one disappointment is that it feels a lot like the columns on screenwriting that he already wrote. Those are definitely worth a read and this is also expanded from there, but only about half of the material here is new, and it's mostly elaboration on points without too many new things brought up. It's still worth the money (it's $5), just find his old Screenwriting 101 columns and decide if you want more of that. I think this book adds enough to be worth the money, but make that judgment for yourself.

  • John
    2018-11-12 02:02

    EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT STORYTELLING, I LEARNED FROM FILM CRIT HULK.Had to type that in all caps because HULK.This was great. Everything by Film Crit Hulk is great.I think what I find most surprising about Hulk's writing is how sensitive Hulk is to the human condition. There's a lot of empathy and sentiment. The conceit becomes nearly invisible after you read a couple of hundred words. This is a writer I would love to meet in person. I'm sure the conversation would be great.

  • John Oravec
    2018-11-04 01:14

    Awesome. Goes beyond Save The Cat and Syd Field.

  • Lyf
    2018-11-15 04:57

    A hulk-sized amount of awesomeness! A great book to read even if you aren't a writer. Film Crit Hulk's understanding of drama, story and character are insightful and uplifting. A must read!

  • Andrew
    2018-10-21 04:57

    This is the best book on storytelling I've ever read.

  • Tom
    2018-11-10 04:53

    HULK'S CONCEPTS OF STORY STRUCTURE AND CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT ARE VERY HELPFUL WITHOUT BEING OVERLY PRESCRIPTIVE AND I LIKED THAT also thank God there was the option for reading it in lower case

  • Nate Berna
    2018-11-15 00:07

    You know when you say a word a bunch of times and it starts to lose its meaning? That's the same thing that happens when you read too many books on craft. All the advice about character and plot and premise sorta congeals into a vague paste of repeated advice and aphorisms.This book is very well written, but I had to put it down halfway through and get back to reading fiction. I'll try to revisit it in 2018.

  • Nick Martin
    2018-11-07 23:13

    Film Crit Hulk's screenwriting book is truly a blast! The first 10,000 words are a little slow, but once you get into the structuring and beats section, Hulk has such nuanced and deep ideas on breaking story. It's not like other screenplay books that offer a formula, but rather a rumination on what makes story work. I'd recommend this to people who enjoy movies as much as people who want to write screenplays/novels/anything. Even the incredibly short section on formatting is the best I've ever read--so logical! I get it now! I found the caps and uncaps version of the ebook funny, but annoying, so they could probably lop off the caps and literally no one would be mad. Overall though, this is a great book on story and creation.

  • Travis
    2018-11-10 22:58

    Indispensable Possibly the best practical guide to breaking a story I have ever read, and one that has had an immediate and hugely positive effect on my work and, more importantly, my attitude to my work. Everyone should read this.

  • Sam
    2018-10-25 04:16

    The single most informative piece of writing I have ever read.

  • Jesse Richards
    2018-10-28 22:02

    This goes well when he talks about good/bad specific movies, but a lot of the other advice is too general, and very rambling.

  • Álvaro Arbonés
    2018-11-04 05:10

    A pesar de que la experiencia parece decir lo contrario, todavía es posible hacer las cosas de forma diferente. Partiendo de otras ideas, de otras formas. Y si bien al final del día todo sigue partiendo de unas estructuras inamovibles que han sido y serán siempre del mismo modo, no es menos cierto que, a pesar de todo, son infinitamente más flexibles (e incomprendidas) de lo que solemos creer. Eso es algo que FILM CRIT HULK entiende a la perfección. No sólo porque sea Hulk. O porque aplaste nuestras expectativas y nuestros prejuicios ESCRIBIENDO EN VERSALITAS. Sino también porque, además de un crítico brillante y un escritor privilegiado, es un analista inteligente capaz de diseccionar, con pulso de cirujano, todos los defectos y virtudes de cualquier película que se le ponga por delante. Dadas esas virtudes, el resultado de un libro llamado Screenwriting 101 resulta obvio: si alguien desea dedicarse a la escritura, ya sea de guiones o de cualquier otra forma retórica —ya que, como señala brillantemente Hulk, un escritor debería poder abordar todos los campos de la literatura—, aquí tiene el libro más inteligente e inspirador que va a encontrar a día de hoy. Ahora bien, no nos llevemos a engaño. Screenwriting 101 no es un manual. Hulk no ofrece reglas, explicándote, paso por paso, lo que debes hacer en cada situación para escribir un buen guión. Principalmente, porque la tesis de Hulk es que no existen algo así como pasos para escribir un buen guión. Lo que sí hay son patrones. Pero los patrones, a diferencia de las reglas —que son leyes travestidas de normas; algo que en apariencia se podría violar, pero que si se hace no se nos castiga, sino que las cosas (hipotéticamente) dejan de funcionar—, están ahí para ser usados sólo en la medida que nos sean útiles. De ese modo Hulk se enfanga en un ensayo donde toca temas estructurales, creativos, temáticos y argumentales donde, en términos narrativos, no queda absolutamente nada por tocar. Ni siquiera el formato óptimo para escribir guiones. Incluso si esto último es la parte final del libro, además de la menos importante, después de pasar por un grueso donde se nos ha machacado de forma insistente en la necesidad de, más allá del formato o las reglas, tener claro que no existen reglas. Que lo importante es hacer lo que a nosotros nos funcione, pero tener en cuenta que, al principio, lo que mejor funciona es aprender sin salirnos del camino pautado. Hulk deja todo el trabajo al que escribe. A su intuición, su inteligencia y su talento. No pretende que cualquiera pueda escribir sólo porque, siguiendo unas pautas preestablecidas, cualquiera pueda escribir un pedazo de mierda gigantesca que tiene un parecido razonable con un guión de género. Pretende que cualquiera puede escribir porque, a través de muchos años de trabajo, cualquiera puede desarrollar la intuición profesional necesaria para ser, al menos, competente en la formulación de formas narrativas armónicas. Y si además posee el talento necesario, también narrativas que trasciendan todas las normas. En ese sentido, Screenwriting 101 sí es un manual. Pero no en el sentido clásico, sino en otro más prosaico. En el sentido de darnos la pauta del propio aprendizaje de la escritura. Aquel que sólo se da escribiendo, que no tiene atajos, que depende de nuestra intuición y de ir aprendiendo, pedazo a pedazo, hasta ser capaces de formular algo con sentido, belleza y elegancia.Porque de eso trata de escribir. De expresarnos. De expresar algo. Por eso la literatura es, ha sido y será retórica, además de narrativa. Porque necesita contar algo. Y para contar algo, hacen falta dos cosas: algo que contar y las herramientas para contarlo. Ambas cosas algo que, como bien dice Hulk, sólo se consiguen con el tiempo. No siguiendo unas pautas inamovibles asentadas lejos del verdadero conocimiento sobre esas grandes estructuras universales que llamamos retórica y narrativa.

  • Gavin Yee
    2018-10-17 23:58

    The best screenwriting book i have read. Most screenwriting books is written by people who are out of work and ends up writing a how to book to pass the time, and they ten to write.. this is what i did therefor this is the best way to do it and these are the ways you do it. When in reality there are so many ways to write a script, that it is impossible to pinpoint an accurate way to make a script a success. Most people are either on two extremes. 1. because either from prior experience in writing books or some other form of medium, they think that they can just write the perfect script. 2. Trys to follow the rules of books or teachers or any type of guidelines that tell you this is the way you write screenplays and if you write it this way you will succeed. I have also met people who think, they don't need to watch any movies/tv or anything and they need to focus on just writing. Which is like a contradiction, why do you even care to be a writer... in a visual medium if you don't care about the medium itself. Also, putting yourself in a box in this type of industry only tells people that you are not serious because you don't care. Most of this book, deals with most basic issues people deal with when they write, or because they watch these type of movies and they want to make something just like it, without understand what it was really good in the first place. You have to be a good writer for someone to be able to higher you, but of course that is not reflective of the final product, whether the writer is blamed for it or not. Because Film Crit hulk is a Crit that writes blogs about movies.. but his blogs are about the understanding of story telling and structure and how to use camera movements etc. also being someone who has written scripts and reads a lot of scripts as part of his job... He is someone that can comment on over usage of things and how so many writers are not able to really understand why some filmmakers are known as great ones has a message behind their films, even if it's just an action movie. A film critic who is a screenwriter, is someone who is a student of film but also a teacher of it, that is able to look beyond himself to be able to write this book. The biggest thing is also, he would always say, you don't have to take any of his advice... But for me, there are so many things in here and examples from good film makers (whether you like them or not) and also examining some bad film makers that gives you a over all idea of the film industry and how people really write they script ..rather then just a set of rules. He leaves his point to point how to write something that you can get in most other books at the end. Because the most important part is if you know how to tell a story and why. highly recommend anyone who is interested in writing screenplays, or even a lover of film and television that wants to know a little more about the making ofs.

  • Gavriil Gabriel
    2018-10-17 22:11

    It took me a few days to get through this book, I took my time and let all the tips serenade and even took some notes (okay i took a buttload of notes). This book is informative and straight to the point, I've read alot of books that are meant to 'develop' your writing but all they do is point at writing structures and never really give any information on how to implement it in writing. Hulk breaks down every point and rams it down your throat. I will recommend this to every upcoming writer or even the skilled - as this contains some techniques that are just gosh damp helpful in creative writing.

  • Félix Marqués
    2018-11-15 23:58

    This is an informative, thorough guide to the process of writing a screenplay. Rather than focusing on reductive, oversimplified methods or boiling it all down to technical issues, Hulk explores the ideas behind the form, the requirements and needs of all storytelling and he goes against the grain to offer some well-thought alternatives to common clichés (such as the overuse of the Hero's Journey monomyth as a blueprint for plotting, or the three-act model structure, which he disses in favor of a five-act approach).There are two wonderful things going on in this book:1) Hulk mostly wishes to have a dialogue. He justifies every rule he offers—and that's the key: they are offered, not enshrined or demanded. Every rule is just a tool. Useful as they are for beginners, they can be dismissed or subverted… if you are skilled enough. Hulk even offers up examples of this.And, as a result…2) Hulk comes across as a compassionate, thoughtful figure, who genuinely loves screenplays. The tone reminds me of Scott McCloud, Tony Zhou (from “Every Frame a Painting”) or TVTropes: smart, informed, conscious that their role is that of more experienced fellow human being, and motivated not by the pursuit of authority of academic respect but their joy that the craft and medium inspire.Wait:3) Yes, the book is written by A GREEN, MEAN, ARTICULATE HULK and you can choose to read it in all-caps, which makes it funnier, or in the “Bruce Banner” normal version. HULK SMASH, HULK CRUSH, HULK OFFER THOUGHTFUL ADVICE ON THE INTRINCACIES OF THE CINEMATIC FORM.

  • David
    2018-11-02 02:59

    Film Crit Hulk is unquestionably my favourite movie blogger/critic/columnist. His writings are thoughtful, well considered and not afraid to go on for tens of thousands of words if that is the depth a given subject deserves. If you haven't read any of his internet writings before, I would certainly recommend this book to anyone interested in stories and storytelling in general, not just budding screenwriters (which I'm certainly not). Also, you can read it in sentence case instead of ALL-CAPS if you just skip to page 200 or so (and are a wimp :p).If, however, like me, you've already read his articles on screenwriting, on the three act structure and the Hero's Journey, then there honestly isn't a lot here that's new, and I'm not so sure it isn't all more suited to the web than an ebook. The way Hulk's rants on the three act structure and the Hero's Journey are crammed into the middle of a section of his screenwriting article gives the whole thing a somewhat uneven feeling -- they're both brilliant rants well worth reading, but in the context of the book they feel rather like lengthy tangents out of proportion with the other sections.But then, the whole book is full of the sort of common sense wisdom that one should read and then reread every once in a while (because there's nothing so uncommon as "common sense"), so even if you've read all Hulk's articles, checking out the book is a good excuse to do it again.

  • Leandro Melendez
    2018-11-08 06:05

    Se que el hecho de que el autor se hace pasar por Hulk, teniendo un sentido para el cine y los guiones puede desmotivar a muchos, pero realmente solo le da unas puntadas de humor al libro.He seguido al autor desde hace años por sus reseñasa y analisis de peliculas que siempre me han parecido magistrales. Film Crit Hulk tiene un toque y una vision que siempre me han dejado pasmado al leerlo.Despues de haber estudiado mucho sobre trama, actos, pasos, beats, el monomito y demas elementos de creatividad literaria, este autor realmente hace hincapie en un punto que defiende y demuestra una y otra vez durante el libro, apuntanddo hacia los elementos mas importantes de una obra son los personajes, su profundidad, cuanto nos pueden importar, sus motivos y conexiones que nos hagan entrar en una catarsis con ellos, haciendo que nos importe lo que pasa con ellos y como van a acabar despues de ser sometidos a montones de drama.Con otro nuevo aprendizaje de salir de la caja Hollywoodense comercial de los 3 actos, me impresion encontrar que esta la estructura shakesperiana de 5 actos que parecen mas adecuados y que bien utilizados pueden propulsar una historia ad infinitum.No es recomendacion. Es un MUST para cualquier wannabe de ser creativo literario. Y mas si quiere pegar en la pantalla.Muy bien Hulk! <3

  • Gabriel
    2018-10-26 03:06

    Are you interested in writing anything? Then stop reading this review and read the book instead. I can not distill the lessons from this ebook in any way that will not do Film Crit HULK a disservice. Just note that this book is about more than just movies. It will change the way you view media in almost all its forms (heck, I'll probably even look at video games differently now). Have you ordered this yet? Why not? What, you want practice reading HULK SPEECH first? Fine. Go to badassdigest.com and search for film crit HULK. Read a few articles. You'll learn to read in all caps and - like the Lego Movie - find the diamond mine bursting underneath the surface of a "you can't be serious." Or just get the book and read the "bruce banner" version (which is not written in caps lock). In either case, this is THE book for any aspiring artist, writing, screenwriter, critic, reviewer, or simply enthusiastic media devotee.Learn the fallacies of the Three Act Structure.Read about real agency (not called as such) for characters.Find out what Matt Stone and Trey Parker do for every South Park episode that blockbuster movies don't (and why it matters).Just get the frickin' book already!

  • Jake Jarvi
    2018-10-26 06:15

    I love FILM CRIT HULK's reviews. His constant championing of character, story, and structure is what got me curious about Screenwriting 101. It did not disappoint. Instead of the usual "do this, this, and that, and then your writing will look like a screenplay" approach, he gives insight into how to make a story that an audience can care about and also has a motivated tempo to it. The most in-the-trenches helpful hints come by way relating the useful techniques of others, like Shakespeare's five-act structure and Trey Parker and Matt Stone's "therefore" and "but" scene motivation technique.The most personally resonant thing for me was the part about keeping action lines sparse. Over the last few years, I've been wanting to make them more prose-like, hoping to engage readers through more texture and detail. NOPE! Just keep it short so that a reader who has to make it through a pile of scripts can glide through your story. Super helpful. I noticed that when looking through the Cabin in the Woods and Shaun of the Dead scripts. The action lines are so utilitarian. They keep you moving as fast as they can.Thanks FILM CRIT HULK!

  • Johnny
    2018-10-31 00:03

    I like a lot of the Hulk's columns, particularly when he writes about gender and race issues, or when he focuses on a specific movie's problems. In those cases he usually writes with a lot of insight and wit.This book, however, is a pretty banal collection of hard and fast, broad-stroke rules that anybody who has thought about writing would probably discover in practice anyway. In it, he talks about boringly obvious ideas such as writing about 'what compels you', the audience only knowing the characters through what they've presented, and not relying on the 'hero's journey' or '3 act' structures (which in my experience only high-schoolers and non-writers seem to respect anyway).Personally, I would have liked some more unique observations, more penetrating discussion about screenwriting, or at least some of his web-article bite.

  • Rory
    2018-10-23 00:03

    Terrific. Such warmth and knowledge. A really valuable resource. A sort of thinking stone to sit on and think over story structure and why some films work and some films don't, and what the process of making them work really requires.My only complaint would be there aren't enough specific examples. I wanted tons and tons more examples, not just of films being called out or praised but being picked apart. I'd love to see Hulk take a really good script and break apart why it works, or do the same but in reverse for a bad script. Of course, I understand: he's a working writer, and he can't be seen to be shitting on anyone.Anyway, really loved it and would absolutely recommend to not just film geeks like myself, or writers, but to anyone interested in story structure for films (and wider than that really, actually).

  • Jaq Greenspon
    2018-10-24 02:11

    While there's some interesting stuff here, a lot of it must be taken with a grain of salt. HULK makes grand suppositions but never actually backs them up other than saying "I'm right because I'm right." Or even better, referencing the mystical "They." Additionally, he says in 50 words what could sometimes be said in 5 (or often not said at all because he's just repeating something he's already said)Like all screenwriting books, there are nuggets of useful information and certainly some ideas to ponder but when the FADE OUT comes, it's merely OK. That all said, the eBook does get bonus points for having a "Bruce Banner" version which is not in the headache inducing ALL CAPS which is FILM CRIT HULK'S trademark.

  • Robert Peterson
    2018-10-20 00:14

    Hands-down one of the best books about writing I've ever read. Put it on the shelf next to STRUNK & WHITE, Zinsser, the collected works of Bill Walsh, and Stephen King's ON WRITING.For the uninitiated, Film Crit Hulk is a working Hollywood professional who blogs for the website Badass Digest from time to time. My best guess is that he's a writer/director who rose through the ranks of creative development. As such, he's read thousands of scripts and internalized a great many useful principles about writing that you can integrate into your own work right away.He's also a true-blue lover of movies, novels and storytelling in general, and he shares his thoughts with a warmth and generosity of spirit you don't often see.Highly recommended for writers of all experience levels.

  • Stephanie Zia
    2018-10-18 22:47

    What a fantastically generous, practical and wise book this is. And how needed as well. I found it thanks to a Tweet by the great (IT Crowd, Father Ted) Graham Linehan, whose review here speaks for itself (& love the 'comment'!).... Forget pantsers vs plotters; forget the hero's journey (as a film-goer oh yes please); forget the 3 acts! - this came at just the right time for me, post-pantser-first-draft novel and with 2nd draft plot cards plastering the wall. About to tear those down and start THAT BIT again. The ending (being the all-important conceit) blew me away. THANK YOU HULK. If you're reading on Kindle and the caps get too much there's a WHOLE VERSION IN LOWER-CASE IN THE 2nD HALF OF THE BOOK!

  • Adam Lacoste
    2018-11-11 23:51

    One of the best books I've read about the storyteller's craft, and indisputably the best at tackling the matter of structure and pacing. This book is a tombstone on the grave of the three-act structure, and good riddance. Although aimed primarily at screenwriters, this book is a great asset to writers of any medium.I've enjoyed Film Crit Hulk's writing for some time now and although many of these subjects have been addressed in his column before, they have never been packaged as such a cohesive whole. He is in top form here. If you are new to the writing of this gentle green monster, give the caps a chance. There's a subtle psychological effect at work here that is well worth the eye strain.