How to Write Photoplays (1920). Screenwriting books did not begin with Syd Field, in 1913 there were four screenwriting how to books published, with at least one more in the following year. There have been screenwriting books for as long as there have been films! So let's take a look at one of the most popular books from this era, "How To Write Photoplays" by two screenwriters at the time, Anita Loos and John Emerson.
Breaking into the Movies (1921). How to become an actor, by two screenwriters at the time, Anita Loos and John Emerson. This illustrated volume was published in 1921 and tells you everything you would have needed to know about how the movie industry was run in its infant stage. Contents: I. Introduction. II. What The Jobs Are. III. Acting for the Screen. IV. Would You Film Well? V. Make-Up. VI. How to Dress for a Picture. VII. Movie Manners. VIII. Reading Your Part. IX. Inside the Brain of a Movie Star. X. Salaries in the Movies. XI. Scenarios. XII. How Others Have Done It. XIII. Amateur Movie Making
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