This book makes you want to write a screenplay at this very moment. When you read it, you will whip out your notes, recordings and ideas and start on your journey to make a great script. Mabley and Howard give you the confidence to understand accompanying elements that are necessary to make a script work in the industry. These authors compare a handful of the greatest films ever written and point out notable facts that make them similar. Explanation in the fundamentals of screenwriting from historical comparisons and included quotes from the greatest screenwriters the industry has ever known cement the theory of writing for film. David Howard, the great founder of University of Southern California''s screenwriting program graduate program, and Edward Mabley work their magic to share the tricks and trades of what writing should be and what it takes to make a script stand out. Detailed breakdowns of the process of writing reveal the importance of visuals, dialogue, limiting exposition, character development and other important components. Some doses of theory analogy are illuminated within the pages. If you want to write for film, you have to own a copy of this heralded writing book.