Summer Reading Club review

From Raymond Cantwell

Title/Author How to Sell your Screenplay by Lydia & Joan Wilen

If you are an aspiring screenwriter as I am, this is an unusually valuable read. The market for screenplays was covered, screenplay formatting points to keep in mind were included, as well as the history of the movie-making industry itself. Surprisingly, NYC was once the focus of American movie making, and Westerns were filmed in New Jersey. A strong-armed monopoly here, forced movie production to move to Hollywood. In the 30s Golden Age, they sold 80 million tickets a week. Copyright registration affords protection. There is additional protection after a potential buyer sees your screenplay. He does not want to face a plagiarism lawsuit, especially when he’ll have to hire someone to rewrite your ideas into the screenplay that you already wrote.

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