The Art of Screenplays
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The Art of Screenplays is a working handbook for writers with stories to tell. Addressing the key issues of creativity and craft, its aim is to connect with our natural understanding of story, to demystify the screenwriter’s art, and to enable fresh, original and authentic writing. Working on the central premise that drama reflects nature, and screenplays simply echo life as we know it, the areas Mukherjee discusses include:

The Writer’s eye. How to gather, ferment and communicate story.
The art of action. Understanding structure through observation.
Who am I? Exploring the levels of characters.
Vertical structure. Say what you mean. Mean what you say.
Speak the speech. The art of not writing dialogue.


Robin Mukherjee has written extensively for theatre, television, radio and film. His television work includes many well-known series, for which he has been a core writer, including Eastenders, The Bill, Casualty, The Roman Mysteries and Medics, along with critically acclaimed serials and features. His first feature film won the Audience Award at the London Film Festival. His most recent feature, Lore, has won numerous awards worldwide and was nominated for an Australian Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. His television serial Combat Kids, was recently nominated for a BAFTA for Best Children’s Drama.


'RM comes across as what he is: a screenwriter of real experience who has the confidence and knowledge of having worked extensively at the industry coal-face and a lot of really good credits in TV and feature films. Unlike many screenwriting books, he writes from a position of authority - and it shows. - Script Consultant

'an insightful guide that prompts readers to think for themselves' - The Scriptwriter

'a really interesting mix of theoretical study and practical experience...Highly recommended for both beginners and experienced writers'' - Write So Fluid

'Brilliant and original...far and away the best writing guide I've read. It should become must reading for all of us, students and tutors alike...'
- Paul Bryers - award winning writer, filmmaker and producer

'one of the most beautifully written books about screenwriting that I’ve ever read' - Scriptangel