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Screenwriting Unchained

The Dogma-Busting Method

In this first volume in the series, written for storytellers eager to reach a wide audience at home and abroad, Oberg sets out a dogma-busting method that will transform the way you develop screenplays.

Average Rating: 4.9 stars (based on 19 ratings)
The Screenwriter’s Troubleshooter

The Survival Kit

Building on his ground-breaking approach, Oberg identifies forty of the most common screenwriting problems and helps anyone involved in the script development process to resolve them. “A Masterclass in getting unstuck”.

Average Rating: 5.0 stars (based on 5 ratings)
Writing a Successful TV Series (Coming in 2023)

The Showrunner’s Secrets

In this third volume, Oberg explores the specifics of TV Series writing, providing hands-on advice and detailed case studies (Stranger Things, Sex Education, Big Little Lies and many others). The ratings below are based on the course.

Average Rating: 5.0 stars (based on 25 ratings)

To write is Human to edit is Devine.

I liked everything about the book. It was as clear as an azure day of summer.

The Best!

One of the best books I've ever found after many many years of research. So useful. Helped me immensely. At first it seemed like an irritating exercise in selling his other book...but this one is invaluable. Made my screenplays go off in directions I never imagined. Buy it. Buy it now.

Great for a finish!

If you are far along (or even half way) in your readings about screenplay writing, having read several other books and need a great capping-off, this is the book. Mr. Oberg provides an essential check list for your 'almost' finished play. He also provides several hints and standards which can be vey helpful and inspiring. I give this book a very high recommendation.

Despite its cheesy title and cover, this book really delivers. It acknowledges the existing formulas but also allows for the fact that not all movies adhere precisely to the three act structure. Story structure advice is simple and practical. Ironically, many craft books are unfocused and wordy but “Screenwriting Unchained” covers a lot of ground in a concise way. This book has a lot of astute analysis of modern films that I found insightful. The concepts in this book are clearly and simply explained. I found it very useful to my writing and my understanding of film.

This is great

Oberg's experience shines through. His answers are directly useful to developing a story for screenwriting.

Practical reference book

The content of this book is well presented to enable writers to use it as an easy reference book. Great examples and ties in well with Emmanuel's first book" Screenwriting Unchained". I highly recommend this book for screen writers.

Is your script in a jam, and you can't find your way out of it? Look no further...

Are you a newbie or an experienced writer? It doesn’t matter. This. Book. Is. Brilliant! I will hold this book close to my scriptwriting heart from now on. I have read many screenwriting books, several great ones. Still, none of them deal with step-by-step practicality and solutions to the script problems you will find yourself in. It will define your writing craft as a moment of” before and after I had this book”. You’ll wonder where this screenwriting book has been all your life. Even if you haven’t read Emmanuel Oberg’s first book Screenwriting Unchained (which I think you should too), you will be forever grateful to buy this book. I know I am. It’s like a Swiss knife for writers. Everything you need to solve a script problem is in it. The structure of the book works as a tactical and practical handbook for any writer. It’s totally fluff-free and gives you truly actionable advice. But it’s also a reference guide with the freedom to dive in wherever you need. You don’t have to read this book from cover to cover but can identify the specific problem you have and learn about it in its particular section. You get all essential information compiled intelligently in chapters so you can solve issues fast if you’re on a tight deadline. Where The Screenwriter’s Troubleshooter really stands apart is the incredibly detailed look at the various script problems that will occur. Emmanuel Oberg understands the nuances that make a great story. He offers practical methods to help a writer reach that goal by providing solutions to the most common and typical problems to a script. The book provides specific, useful insights and guidance. This is a go-to book in every way possible. It’s not just a problem solver but also educational. It will help you see more clearly what story and structure are really about. The Screenwriter’s Troubleshooter is a masterclass in getting unstuck. It provides a set of tools that finally help you get out of your misery to help you solve what you thought was unsolvable. Read it, use it, be creative! This book is your friend.

Sound advice

I love Emmanuel Oberg's first book, Screenwriting Unchained, and have found this to be a good addition to my toolset as a writer. It is designed to be read non-sequentially, with information organised into chapters based on common notes you might get from a studio. However, there is real value in simply swimming around and reading at your leisure. Doing so I found advice that would help with the rewrite of my current animated TV series, advice I didn't even realise I was looking for.

A fiction writer's friend!

The review copy showed me where my story ran off the rails. That alone is worth the read. I found it great for helping with a novel, as well as a screenplay!

Une façon d'aborder l'écriture de scénario très complète et originale. A recommander.

Contrairement à beaucoup de manuels verbeux, trop théoriques ou sans consistence, celui-là vous permettra certainement de passer un cap dans votre travail d'écriture. Emmanuel Oberg vous tient la main sans vous prendre de haut et vous délivre un concentré d'information et d'astuces.

Nachdem ich wirklich schon viele gute Bücher über das Schreiben gelesen habe, dachte ich, es gäbe nix neues mehr, nichts was mich überraschen könnte. Irrtum. Oberg hat mir mit seiner Unterteilung in characterled/plotled/themeled Dramaturgie sehr geholfen. Auch die Zusammenhänge mit der Bedürfnispyramide von Maslow hat für diverse Aha-Erlebnisse gesorgt. Er befreit von einer "zwanghaften" Dramaturgie und bringt viele neue Impulse, die auch für RomanautorInnen sehr erhellend sein können. Sein Englisch ist klar und gut verständlich. Absolute Leseempfehlung!

Another way to look at dramatic writing. Tends to be a bit repetitive but, that's okay.

One of the best books on screen writing so far. Very detailed and to the point, Emmanuel goes to the insights of a project in a very clear and understandable way. This is not a how-to kind of book, but one that gives you the tools to analyse and approach your story in a more natural way. I was lucky enough to attend two workshops in where Emmanuel expands the contents presented on the book. Absolutely worth it.

This is a fantastic handbook for screenwriters, or for anyone working with them. It is clear enough to be accessible if you are new to screenwriting, but deep and wide-ranging enough to work as a guide for experienced professionals, or for producers or development executives. The theory is explained clearly, with great examples from a wide range of films. I particularly like the practical exercises, which make the process of writing less intimidating, and help you 'self-assess', both on scene writing and overarching story structure. I have read many books on this subject, and this is among the best out there.

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