The service used by the professionals, now available to you!

RECOMMENDED READING & REFERENCE MATERIAL

Find below lists of valuable resource books on screenwriting, reference books to help you find Agents and Production Companies, and screenplays that we highly recommend you read.

BOOKS ON SCREENWRITING

ALTERNATIVE SCRIPTWRITING: WRITING BEYOND THE RULES by Ken Dancyager & Jeff Rush

In a field where novelty means commercial success, scriptwriters need to develop screenplays that are exceptional. This book challenges the reader to take creative risks with genre, tone, character and structure. It uses examples and case studies to demonstrate what works and what does not.

COMEDY WRITING STEP BY STEP by Gene Perret

A seasoned professional comedy writer offers a treasure trove of guidelines and suggestions covering a broad range of comedy writing situations, and many all-important insights into selling work.

ADVENTURES IN THE SCREENTRADE by William Goldman

From the writer of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid", "All the President's Men" and "Marathon Man", Oscar-winning screen writer William Goldman presents his memories and views of movie-making, and of acting greats such as Redford, Olivier, Newman and Hoffman.

WHICH LIE DID I TELL? by William Goldman

The way Goldman tells it, screenwriting is an unstable business at best. Yet his enthusiasm is evident in practically every sentence and his advice on writing is invaluable for those who would follow in his Oscar-winning footsteps. Throughout the book, Goldman offers numerous insights into his creative process, culminating in the final third of the book with an original script, followed by the critical comments of other top screenwriters.

ZEN AND THE ART OF SCREENWRITING by William Froug

This sequel text includes a mix of William Froug's essays and a number of interviews with screenwriters, producers and directors, and is designed to cause both novice and seasoned screenwriters to rethink what they do. The essays are wide-ranging, covering such diverse subjects as creating your own talent; getting your scripts read; avoiding story-structure gurus; and entering screenplay contests.

HOLLYWOOD DIRECTORIES

HOLLYWOOD CREATIVE DIRECTORY

This reference book contains all Film and Television Production Companies in the US. With contact information, names of key personnel, and previous productions

HOLLYWOOD REPRESENTATION DIRECTORY

This reference book compiles theatrical, modelling, commercial, and literary agents and managers working primarily in Los Angeles and New York, as well as entertainment attorneys, publicity companies, and casting directors

HOLLYWOOD DISTRIBUTORS DIRECTORY

This new edition is an invaluable resource for emerging filmmakers and film students seeking distribution or financing for film or TV projects in the US. Knowing who to contact is the first step in setting up a production

WRITERS GUIDE TO HOLLYWOOD PRODUCERS, DIRECTORS, & SCREENWRITERS AGENTS by Skip Press

So you want to get into show business? In Hollywood, it's not what you know, but who you know that counts. Whether your dream is to become a Hollywood writer or find the perfect producer to buy your script, at your fingertips are the insider hints and secrets you need to get discovered and succeed in this ultra competitive industry

DIRECTORIES IN THE UK

THE WRITERS HANDBOOK MACMILLIAN

Completely revised, updated and enlarged every year, The Writer's Handbook contains over 6,000 entries covering every area of writing, with articles from leading representatives of the trade. In addition to the key areas of UK and US book publishers and agents, magazines, screenwriting, TV and radio, theatre, film and poetry, the guide offers invaluable expert advice on contracts, the law and finances

BFI FILM & TELEVISION HANDBOOK BFI

This title contains statistical data relating to British media industries, from film production to television audience share. There is also analysis of developments such as Ofcom and the rise of digital media; an overview of courses relating to film in the UK; and useful contact details

THE GUARDIAN MEDIA GUIDE - GUARDIAN

The Guardian Media Guide is a neat directory compressing the best of Whitaker's Almanac and the best of The Writer's Handbook into a user-friendly single volume but with a better index than either of them

FILM SCRIPTS

It is really important to read as many screenplays as possible so that you can learn from the best how dramatic stories are told using screenplay structures. These and many more are available through Amazon.

FOUR SCREENPLAYS: Sid Field

An analysis of "Thelma and Louise," "Terminator 2: Judgement Day," "The Silence of the Lambs," and "Dances with Wolves" provides tips on writing scripts for original productions, sequels, novel adaptations, and adaptations by original authors.

FOUR SCREENPLAYS: William Goldman

This collection includes the complete screenplays of "The Princess Bride", "Misery", "The Marathon Man" and "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" along with introductory essays to each screenplay by William Goldman.

CHINATOWN: Screenplay by Robert Towne

Academy Award Winner for Best Original Screenplay of 1974, Robert Towne's Chinatown is widely regarded as the finest American movie script of the post-war years. Complex in narrative design, infused with the sordid real-life history of Los Angeles' economic growth and unmistakably adult in its updating of the trademark violence and sexual intrigue of film noir, on the page, Chinatown still shines--and cuts--like a blade.

TELEVISION SCREENPLAYS

THE "OFFICE": The Scripts by Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant

THE "ROYLE FAMILY": The Complete Scripts by Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash

BLACKADDER: The Whole Damn Dynasty by Richard Curtis, Ben Elton, John Lloyd, Rowan Atkinson