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Story Maps: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay

How to Write a GREAT Screenplay

This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.


Learn the secrets to writing a GREAT screenplay from a major movie studio Story Analyst who will show you how to BLOW AWAY THE READER! Master the structure and principles used by 95% of commercial movies by studying detailed breakdowns, or "Story Maps," of several recent hit movies in all different genres, including The Dark Knight, The Wrestler, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Drag Me To Hell and the classics As Good As It Gets and Sunset Boulevard.

The book cites examples from hundreds of films, several television series and includes samples from actual scripts to show you HOW TO DO IT. The author provides detailed lessons on format, capturing voice and tone on the script page and developing great characters with powerful dialogue.

Also includes exclusive insights from major industry professionals that interacted with the author at events in Los Angeles and New York City, including Robert Zemeckis, the screenwriters of Final Destination, Limitless and Blade Runner, Louis C.K. and the President of Production of Columbia Pictures.

Praised by SCRIPT magazine, "Story Maps: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay" is NOT a formula or just another structure paradigm -- it is the view from behind the desk of the people evaluating your screenplay, what they want to read and what they will buy. With all the competition in the Hollywood marketplace, your script can't just be good, it must be GREAT.

Customer Reviews

Great book!

This is a well written book with great advice on screenwriting. It offers a new take on structuring a screenplay and gives advice using current movies. Also a booster pack is available with more movies broken down using this method. This really is a book anyone interested in writing screenplays should have.


Discovering STORY MAPS inside of Dan's ACT FOUR SCREEN PLAYS site reminded me of the great scene in ''Raiders of the Lost Ark'' when Indiana Jones discovers the Map Room. After much 'lost in the desert of screenwriting books' time, I felt as though I had suddenly stumbled upon the ultimate solution for which everyone else is also searching. Upon reading the first few pages I could not help but think to myself, "Whoa..., this is it!" Thanks to STORY MAPS, I know just where I am, where I need to get to -and exactly how to get there. Top-shelf, Dan! Top-shelf.


Read’em all. This one changed everything. Buy it and get to work!

Story Maps: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Published: Jun 22, 2011
  • Publisher: Daniel Calvisi
  • Seller: Smashwords
  • Print Length: 245 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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