the craft of screenwriting
an electronic screenwriting course
by Charles Deemer
Reviews & Testimonials
Excerpts from reviews and letters about the book:
- "If you are interested in writing screenplays, I cannot recommend
this course highly enough....For the first time (to my knowledge) the
"book" is written for the way one works rather than expecting one to
follow the author's suggested line of thought....I was prompted to go back
and do further work on one of my screenplays which I had thought finished.
How do you put a price on that? Charles has done a superb job compiling as much as one needs to know to
write a screenplay. It is a trove of information and guidance. Just add
your own story." Cam Eason, The Book Nook
- "the remarkable electronic book on
has everything that you would expect in a well written screenwriting work
book....Although there is plenty of meat in its twelve chapters, as a
quick aide memoire it excels because you can so quickly access a piece of
information at your desktop when you need it....Screenwright is a fresh
approach to helping your screenwriting and one that deserves consideration
from everyone starting out." John Hopson,
Virtual Screenwriter at
London Screenwriters Workshop
- "Especially for newcomers to screenwriting, Charles
Deemer's book can help shorten a long and often
painful learning curve. And what the heck --
maybe those of us who have managed to write a few
scripts via the 'forest' method can soak up some of
the best lessons of the 'trees.'" Si Dunn at Cyber Film School
- "The book is designed like a course, and takes the approach that
reader is basically a beginner. Every step is explained in detail, and
nothing is over-looked. ... Screenwright presents a self-contained
screenwriting course that anyone can use. It is structured unlike any
other screenwriting book -- due mostly to the fact that it is an
electronic (html) book." Christopher Wehner, Screenwriters Utopia
- "highly recommended...remarkable, ground-breaking screenwriting
tutorial." Screaming in the Celluloid Jungle
- "...this book is [for] someone who is
about to start their first screenplay - or someone who has started but
found the process frustrating, unrewarding and mystifying....An
unusual and innovative approach to
teaching screenwriting." And in a second post: "...the strength of
Screenwright is that it
presents fledgeling writers with a range of options, within which to
explore their own personal approach to screenwriting....
this book is ideal for those
just dipping into the big pool of screenwriting."
Chris Owen on misc.writing.screenplays newsgroup.
- "Clearly, Mr. Deemer knows his subject, has a great passion for it
and wants to share his knowledge. Also, the teacher is very kind to his
students." Wendy Jane Henson, Hollywood Scriptwriter.
- "an extraordinary book that promises to
become the bible of screenwriting
for the novice. And that's not an exaggeration!" -- StoryCraft Fiction
- "He takes alot of the various theories
and puts it all in one text. He also takes into account that different people
write in different ways. Lots of examples, plus he actually writes a screenplay
within the pages of the text, applying the things he's talking about. If I
could only choose one resource, this is the one I'd get. It's well worth
the money." B.E., college screenwriting professor.
- "Loved Screenwright. It's a better course than one for
which I paid ten times the price." V., Screenwright purchaser.
- "Screenwright is fantastic. It is the most complete tool that I've
seen." T.M., Screenwright purchaser.
- "I have done many writing/screenwriting courses, but yours stands
out in particular, as you actually recognise 'Forest' writers, such as
myself - a breed that virtually every other writing philosophy ignores or
ridicules as being wrong and 'can't do!!'. Well done, Charles. The
'looking over your shoulder' [feature] is another excellent feature..."
- "I just loaded screenwright and I
just had to respond to your dream of online small time individual
produced movies. You are right on the money....I just wanted to write and
applaud what you are doing." S.H., Screenwright purchaser.
- "Charles, Screenwright is great! I'm sure the masses will soon
identify you as
the Syd Field of the information superhighway. Thanks for bringing such a
wonderful resource to writers!...I have dozens of writing books. If I
want to travel with reference material, I normally have to pack several
books and remember where and in which books to find the specific guidance
I'm seeking. With Screenwright, it's all at my fingertips. I don't have
to thumb through several books--that is, after finding them hours later.
All the information, leads, tips, insight, deconstruction, and guidance I
could hope for is just a click away--always....I've purchased many
software titles before, but this has to be the
best I've yet encountered." N.L., Screenwright
- "I'd like to say that I purchased the screenplay course and program
and am very much in love with it. The program is very easy to use, the
tutor style course with the internet web site design is ingenious..."
T.M., Screenwright purchaser.
- "I CAN NEVER TELL YOU HOW MUCH i HAVE GOTTEN FROM YOUR WEB PAGES,
AND SCREENWRIGHT!!! (CAPS INTENDED)." V.D. Screenwright purchaser.
- "I loved your book. I have read many books on the subject of
Screenwiting and yours is one of the best I've seen. It's very
comprehensive, easy to follow, and I love the format. I think that it's a
great way to present material. Thanks so much for writing it."
S.P., Screenwright purchaser.
- "The Screenwright course has already
helped me a great deal in deciding what type of writer I am and how to
focus my time accordingly. I appreciate how you give equal time to both
forest and tree people. I am tree with forest tendencies and your course
is the only such tool that I've seen that would point that out. It saves a
lot of time and frustration by not trying to force you into a program. In
short, "well done!"" R.B,
- "I got up this morning, started working on my screenplay and
realized I have a first draft!... Using Screenwright has been an
Thank you." K.M., Screenwright purchaser.
- "I am in the middle of your most wonderful Screenwright course.
You did a magnificent job on it! Thank you." B.L., Screenwright
- "I am very impressed by the depth and effort you put into it. Good
job!" J.S., Screenwright purchaser.
"Since I recieved [sic] your tutorial I have been unable to sleep, eat or
anything else, but read and work on my script. I have my ideas pretty
much thought out, but since reading your material, I have found a new
fire for writing it." S.K., Screenwright purchaser.
- "I love your software; it's concise and to the point." E.W.,
- "I've been "playing" with Screenwright, and I love it --
use of hypertext. It's extremely easy to learn how to use. I ESPECIALLY
like your technique of enabling us to look over your shoulder as you
develop a screenplay." B.G., Screenwright purchaser.
- "I think your course is great." L.R., Screenwright
"Am sailing through my course; I'm on the sixth module. ...
It's a great class, and I will never be able to thank you enough. It is
clearly written and I haven't gotten bored yet." S.O.,
- "I just received your book last week in the mail. I'm really
halfway finished with it. Before I was having such a hard time even
contemplating on how to begin to write, but it was just because there was
so much I did not know about writing. Your book is definitely easy to
understand, and very informative." S.V. purchaser of print book version.
- "...my high approval. It is a great distillation of knowledge."
- "What a stupendously successful effort. You know, in many ways it's
better than most of the screenwriting classes I took way back when in
the UCLA film program. I am totally blown away..." K.M.E., screenwriter.
- "Very cool." B.M., screenwriter
- "Kudos!" -- L.J., screenwriting teacher
- "Hey Charles! Back in November (I believe) I won your tutorial
during my first weekend on the internet, and since then things have really
been picking up for me. I began writing short film scripts, and caught the
eye of a film company here in Indianapolis called Bunk Films
(marqueznet.com/bunk). I ended up starring in the lead role and directing
it, and I've been extremely happy with the way it's turned out. ...
I just wanted to say THANKS! for teaching me the proper way to get
started." -- S., screenwriting student
"I wish to thank you for your wonderful course, and for being aware of the
needs of us poor Forest People. This is the first help I have found
anywhere that allows me to get right into writing, while learning the
boring stuff that is also required. Somehow it seems logical rather than
boring, once I have been allowed to write myself out. ...I was beginning
to think there was something wrong with me, because
everything else I read seemed so difficult to assimilate, but now I know it
was just that I couldn't see the forest for the trees." J.G., screenwriting student.
- "I downloaded the trial copy of the Hollywood Screenplay
[Screenwright] course last night and my initial reaction is 'Amazing!'"
R.B., screenwriting student.
- "Just checked out the contents of your book, Screenwright -
comprehensive listing - Syd Field eat your heart out!" - J., screenwriting
- "I've been sitting here studying your Screenwright book. Very
interesting and informative. It's user friendly and in plain English.
My only complaint is that it's addicting!" N.O.B., screenwriting student
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