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Writing Short Films

Structure and Content for Screenwriters

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This new edition has been completely updated and revised along with the addition of several new chapters. Currently, this title remains the best selling university text book on writing short film screenplays.
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This new edition has been completely updated and revised along with the addition of several new chapters. Currently, this title remains the best selling university text book on writing short film screenplays.
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eBook (275 pages)
Published: October 20, 2010
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Imprint: Lone Eagle
ISBN: 9780307875143
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