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Offering a fresh perspective on the essential but technical subject of script formatting, The Dreaded Curse shows rather than tells. Demonstrating the elements of screenwriting inside the format engages readers (and writers) in an accessible way, reminding them that story is at the heart of the form. Award-winning screenwriting instructor Kat Montagu crafted the tale of tw Offering a fresh perspective on the essential but technical subject of script formatting, The Dreaded Curse shows rather than tells. Demonstrating the elements of screenwriting inside the format engages readers (and writers) in an accessible way, reminding them that story is at the heart of the form. Award-winning screenwriting instructor Kat Montagu crafted the tale of two feisty young witches cursed by a ghost of a dead screenwriter. When he steals their car to make it to L.A., the chase is on and only the arcane knowledge of screenplay formatting can help them. "This genius learn-as-you-laugh guide teaches you script formatting in a way that's pain-free, memorable, and logical. In my nearly 30-year career, I have had to learn formatting on the street, copying the examples I happened to come across, and this would've been a great help to me. In fact, even now, reading it makes certain things clear that I've never fully understood. I highly recommend this book!" - Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica)


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Offering a fresh perspective on the essential but technical subject of script formatting, The Dreaded Curse shows rather than tells. Demonstrating the elements of screenwriting inside the format engages readers (and writers) in an accessible way, reminding them that story is at the heart of the form. Award-winning screenwriting instructor Kat Montagu crafted the tale of tw Offering a fresh perspective on the essential but technical subject of script formatting, The Dreaded Curse shows rather than tells. Demonstrating the elements of screenwriting inside the format engages readers (and writers) in an accessible way, reminding them that story is at the heart of the form. Award-winning screenwriting instructor Kat Montagu crafted the tale of two feisty young witches cursed by a ghost of a dead screenwriter. When he steals their car to make it to L.A., the chase is on and only the arcane knowledge of screenplay formatting can help them. "This genius learn-as-you-laugh guide teaches you script formatting in a way that's pain-free, memorable, and logical. In my nearly 30-year career, I have had to learn formatting on the street, copying the examples I happened to come across, and this would've been a great help to me. In fact, even now, reading it makes certain things clear that I've never fully understood. I highly recommend this book!" - Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica)

25 review for The Dreaded Curse: Screenplay Formatting for Film & TV

  1. 4 out of 5

    Keara

    So helpful and entertaining! Very detailed - you’ll learn something whether you’re a longtime writer or you’re new to the game!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Derek

    Great resource for both new and working screenwriters! -- I've been a working screenwriter in 1-hour dramatic TV for nine years but I've been trying to break into half-hour comedy. This book is a very handy resource which uses a cleverly crafted format to show you the way (using actual scripts as an example). Whether you're a beginner or experienced screenwriter, this is a quick and easy reference for everything to do with screenplay format -- no matter what type of script you're writing: featur Great resource for both new and working screenwriters! -- I've been a working screenwriter in 1-hour dramatic TV for nine years but I've been trying to break into half-hour comedy. This book is a very handy resource which uses a cleverly crafted format to show you the way (using actual scripts as an example). Whether you're a beginner or experienced screenwriter, this is a quick and easy reference for everything to do with screenplay format -- no matter what type of script you're writing: feature film, comedy series, or dramatic series. I'm very happy with it and will recommend to fellow writers!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jordan-Paige Sudduth

    This is such a fantastic book! I really love the format, and that it’s teaching you proper script format...in script format! The story is so entertaining as well, you almost forget you’re learning at the same time, but the knowledge is invaluable. I return to this book all the time if I forget something or am questioning if something in my script is correct or not, and I’m so grateful for it. Get this book on your shelf, you will not regret it!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cat Girczyc

    A quick and easy read, excellent for the beginning screenwriter. Also excellent for those of us who usually do TV and are now writing a spec movie script, which is the situation I am in. I’ve been writing tv for so long that I really didn’t realize some of the formatting differences. I found the style fun and I’d definitely put it on a syllabus for tv or movie writing courses.

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