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Raindance Writers' Lab

Write + Sell the Hot Screenplay, 2nd Edition

By Elliot Grove

  1. ISBN: 9780240520797
  2. Publication Date: September 2008
  3. Format: Paperback
  4. Pages: 272
  5. Price:
    • $34.95 (USD)
    • £20.99 (GBP)
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If you're looking for a straightforward, practical, no-nonsense guide to scriptwriting that will hold your hand right the way through the process, read on! The Raindance Writers' Lab guides you through the tools that enable you to execute a strong treatment for a feature and be well on the way to the first draft of your script.

Written by the creator of the Raindance Film Festival himself, Elliot Grove uses a hands-on approach to screenwriting based on his many years of experience teaching the subject for Raindance training. He uses step-by-step processes illustrated with diagrams and charts to lend a visual structure to the teaching. Techniques are related to real-life examples throughout, from low budget to blockbuster films.

The Companion Website contains interviews with British writers and directors as well as a handy series of legal contracts, video clips and writing exercises.

In this brand new 2nd edition, Grove expands on his story structure theory, as well as how to write for the internet and short films.

The website also contains sample scripts and legal contracts, a writing exercise illustrated with a video clip, a folder full of useful hyperlinks for research, and a demo version of Final Draft screenwriting software.


This is an invaluable manual for the first-time screenwriter. A guide that takes in every aspect of the screenwriting process.
--Ayub Khan-Din, Writer for East is East

An authoritative guide full of wit and wisdom, through which Grove's personality shines.
--Justin Bowyer, Total Film


Chapter 2 - The Seven Basic Requirements of a Screenplay
Chapter 4 Tale Assembly
Chapter 5 Characters
Chapter 6 - Scene Writing
Chapter 7 Dialogue
Chapter 8 Writing Shorts
Chapter 9 The Writer's Blueprint
Chapter 10 10,000 Monkeys- Copyright
Chapter 12 The Movie Game
Chapter 13 The Power File
Chapter 14 Pitching
Chapter 15 - Eight-Line Letter
Chapter 16 The Deal
Chapter 17 - The Life of a Screenwriter
Chapter 18 Script Format and Style Guide
Chapter 19 - Three Golden Rules
Chapter 20 Resources