I have an idea for a movie script.  Can the Dallas Public Library help me?

The Dallas Public Library owns several instructional DVDS, including Tales from the Script and the popular The Art of Screenwriting series.  Series volumes cover such topics as adaptation; character; dialogue and description; and narrative and structure.

The Dallas Public Library also has a wide variety of popular books on screenwriting, including:

Screenwriting for Teens: the 100 Principles of Scriptwriting Every Budding Writer Must Know by Christina Hamlett

Screenwriting for Teens

Make Your Story a Movie: Adapting Your Book or Idea for Hollywood by John Robert Marlow

Screenwriting Tips, You Hack: 150 Practical Pointers for Becoming a Better Screenwriter by Xander Bennett

How to Write a Selling Screenplay: a Step-by-Step Approach to Developing Your Story and Writing Your Screenplay by One of Today’s Most Successful Screenwriters and Teachers by Christopher Keane

I Could've Written a Better Movie Than That!

Crafty Screenwriting: Writing Movies That Get Made by Alex Epstein

Screenplay: the Foundations of Screenwriting by Syd Field

Consider also Robert McKee’s Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting.  At 466 pages, it’s not to be thrown around lightly.

Script consultant Derek Rydall’s book is titled I Could’ve Written a Better Movie Than That!

A staff favorite is Blake Snyder, who wrote Save the cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need and Save the Cat! Goes to the Movies: the Screenwriter’s Guide to Every Story Ever Told.   Mr. Snyder was an American screenwriter, author, and mentor.  He died unexpectedly August 4, 2009, of a pulmonary embolism.   More information at the Movies That Work website.

Happy writing!

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