If there is one skill that separates the professional from the amateur, it is the ability to rewrite successfully. In his new book, Screenwriting is Rewriting, Jack Epps, Jr. provides a practical and tested approach to organizing notes, creating a game plan, and executing a series of focused passes that address story, character, theme, structure, and plot issues. From his years of professional experience, Epps learned the writer is better served by completing a series of strategic passes rather than trying to fix every note in one gigantic rewrite. Screenwriting is Rewriting offers eleven specific passes as well as multiple lists of common notes and potential solutions. Also included are interviews about rewriting with screenwriting masters, Robert Towne, Frank Pierson, and Susannah Grant.
"And just when we thought we didn't need another book about screenwriting along comes this one, which in short order makes itself a must-have. Jack Epps is a great writer, a master teacher, as smart about character as he is about structure. He's distilled this part of our craft to its essence, and by heeding his book's fine wisdom we will all of us become better rewriters―and better writers."
Howard A. Rodman, Screenwriter and President of the Writer’s Guild of America, West
"Never in the history of Hollywood has a screenwriter heard the words: ‘It's perfect; don't change a thing.’ Even if someone were to say that, we know better and would change it anyway, and change it again, and again, and again. This book teaches the why and the how of rewriting and is written by a real, live, honest-to-God professional screenwriter who has successfully had many of his scripts made into movies."
Stephen Sommers, Writer and Director of The Jungle Book (1994), The Mummy (1999), and Van Helsing (2004)
Jack Epps, Jr. is a Professor and Chair of the Writing for Screen and Television Division at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. As a professional screenwriter, Epps co-wrote Top Gun, Legal Eagles, The Secret of My Success, and Dick Tracy. He also worked as a script doctor on screenplays for Sister Act and Die Hard With A Vengeance.