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Book Review: The Hollywood Standard, 2nd Ed.

May 6, 2010

Released August 1st, 2009

Page count: 312 pages

Size: 8.5” x 11”

The Hollywood Standard, 2nd Ed.

By Christopher Riley

Published By Michael Wiese Publications

This is a quick look at a screenwriting book that’s already been out for a while, but is worth mentioning, and checking out…


The Hollywood Standard, 2nd Ed. Book Review By Erin V.

What is the hardest part for a first time screenwriter – (Presuming you’ve just been struck with an amazing film-worthy idea all laid out in your head)?  Making your amazing idea look that way on the page.

As a starting filmmaker, you have to learn to jump through hoops.  The industry likes to keep a lot of information to itself, making it difficult to break into.  Like ways to improve your odds with script readers…  They get hundreds of scripts a day, so format counts.  Your great script with a mediocre format will get put down faster than the mediocre script with a great format.  This book will give you the info you need to remove one of the obstacles, and greatly improve the odds of getting read.  This guide coupled with a great story will put you well on your way.

One of the first things I noticed about this book is it’s size.  8.5 x 11 inches.  The same dimensions of a script page.  This makes it really easy to cross-check your work to see if your margins look right.

The information is laid out in an easy to find way and is far more in depth to the intricacies of format, than a book devoted to a wider aspect of screenwriting, (including plot, character development, dialogue, etc.)  The Hollywood Standard, 2nd, Ed. is like a dictionary for screenwriters.  You wouldn’t necessarily need to read it from cover to cover, but when you need it for specifics, you’re glad it’s there beside you in it’s easy to reference glory.

The Hollywood Standard is written by Christopher Riley, who’s worked with scripts for years running the script processing department at Warner Bros., as well as writing a few scripts of his own, making the information found within very useful (and assuredly accurate).


To find out more about the The Hollywood Standard, 2nd Ed., or other books, visit MWP’s website here.

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