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One of the best ways to learn about screenwriting is to read and study scripts. It is advisable to watch a motion picture while simultaneously following the script. The scripts for such classic films as Casablanca, Network, and Chinatown are often taught in college screenwriting courses. You should read film-industry publications, such as Variety (, The Hollywood Reporter (, and The Hollywood Scriptwriter ( There are a number of books about screenwriting, but they are often written by those outside of the industry. These books are best used primarily for learning about the format required for writing a screenplay. There are also computer software programs that assist with screenplay formatting.

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