Book Review: “Writing A Blockbuster (Screenwriting Blue Books Book 14)” by William C. Martell

Writing A BlockbusterWriting A Blockbuster by William C. Martell
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Screenwriting guru William C. Martell has done it again. Writing A Blockbuster is a quick, concise guide on how to, um, well, write a blockbuster. Using examples from films such as Pearl Harbor, The Mummy Returns, and Gladiator, Martell points out the components necessary to turn your idea into a spectacle-filled spec script. (My edition was originally published in 2002, which is why there aren’t more recent examples. Nonetheless, the lessons within the text are timeless.)

From coming up with so-called “trailer moments” and utilizing the “escalator of doom” to avoiding such pitfalls as overkill and “golfing goats,” Writing A Blockbuster lays out the ultimate plan for your mega-budget screen dream.

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Book Review: “Your Idea Machine (Screenwriting Blue Books Book 1)” by William C. Martell

Your Idea MachineYour Idea Machine by William C. Martell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yet another great, informative (and, like this review, short and quick) read from screenwriting guru William C. Martell. Your Idea Machine offers several ways that you, the Writer, can brainstorm story ideas for your screenplay (or novel or play or whatever). There are tips on where to find ideas and how to determine if they satisfy the rule of the “Two Ewes” — are they both Unique and Universal?

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