Wells Root, a veteran writer for films and TV, and a successful teacher of the craft, has written an essential guide to writing for the screen —a "how-to" hook by someone who actually knows how. Step by step, he goes through the process of getting the script on paper, and then onto the screen. With a wealth of examples from famous films, he shows how theoretical problems have practical solutions. Whether the topic is story, character, conflict, dialogue, suspense, writing the sit-corn, or finding an agent, here is a down-to-earth, lively, and informative guide. Wells Root has written stories, adaptations, or screenplays for such major films as I Cover the Waterfimt, The Prisoner of Zenda, Magnificent Obsession, and about two dozen others, and more than seventy scripts for TV, as well as fiction and fact pieces for various maga-zines. Since the 1950s he has taught a course in film and TV writing technique at UCLA Extension that has become famous, and the substance of which has been incorporated into the present hook. He lives in Pacific Palisades, California.