"Story Maps" screenwriting from ActFourScreenplays.com -- Internationally-known screenwriting coach and movie industry pro
Daniel Calvisi is a professional movie studio Story Analyst, Teacher, Screenwriter and private Script Consultant with over 15 years experience focusing full-time on the craft and business of screenplays.
His employers have included Miramax Films, Dimension Films, Twentieth Century Fox and director Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs) -- he has worked for executives who developed the films CHICAGO, SPY KIDS, CHOCOLAT, SCREAM 2 & 3, THE GAME, ONE FINE DAY and ULEE'S GOLD, among others.
His web site, including his blog on screenwriting and film, is located at
Daniel has coached hundreds of private writers and has been published in “Script” magazine. He has created the "Story Maps" method and used it with his clients for many years and his new book will bring it to the public.
"Story Maps: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay" represents the culmination of 20 years of study and application. It offers writers the perspective of the tough "reader" in the movie industry, as opposed to just the experiences of another writer. It is the view from the other side of the desk.
My target audience is aspiring and practicing screenwriters everywhere, from all over the world. Ages range all over the map, normally in the 25-55 range but I've also had clients who were in college or retired.
This book is meant to capture the attention of:
1) the new writer: someone who has always kicked around the idea of writing a movie and finally wants to give it a go but needs the right crash-course to begin. They may be a hobbyist, movie fan or just a curious web surfer who googled a phrase like "Million Dollar Baby script" or "Dark Knight screenplay" or "screenwriting how-to" and figures why not spend $20 on this book that analyzes some of my favorite films?
2) the practicing screenwriter: someone who has written 2 or 3 scripts, entered contests, maybe even had a small paid writing assignment, but still craves more information about writing methods and how to structure a hit movie. They're looking for that extra edge or special tip to push their work and career to the next level.
3) the writing book collector: some people like to collect every new screenwriting book to add to their collection of books by Robert McKee, Syd Field, Blake Snyder, Michael Hauge and other well-known "gurus" in the field.
4) The writer from another medium: a novelist, journalist or web writer who wants to learn about the form and format of screenplays from a professional.
**Size: 10" x 7"
**ONLY THE COVER. Don't worry about back cover or spine.
The book is titled "STORY MAPS: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay" and cover should also include "by Daniel P. Calvisi." This book shows you how to write something that is not just okay, or clever, but GREAT so that it will stand out in the very competitive market in Hollywood. This is about EXCELLENCE, HARD WORK, learning from the MASTERS, and getting the INSIDE SECRETS of the industry.
I like the concept of a MAP -- the book will guide you on your journey from A to Z. It may help for you to think of the idea of either a topographical map, i.e., an overhead view of a city or country, a la Google Maps, or a linear path, like a chart or graph, from left to right. (Just a suggestion, be creative!)
This is the PATH TO SUCCESS and also the path of your HERO.
I also use the analogy of BUILDING A HOUSE in the book. These tools are the BUILDING BLOCKS of your story.
-Typewriters. Huge cliche in writing books.
-The "Hollywood" sign. If you have to signify Hollywood/ the movie biz on the map, please use another image other than the famous sign in the hills.
-Any images from any films or tv shows! Do NOT use any representation, no matter how derivative, of a specific image, character or logo from a movie. E.g., not even a cartoon image of Harry Potter is legal usage.
ATTACHED: 3 screen captures of my site for reference and a rough comp of a "Google Map" type concept. (note: but don't use the Hollywood sign)