In the most recent issue of Creative Screenwriting (Sept/Oct 2010) David Barba reviews Truby’s Blockbuster 2010. The software debuts this weekend at Los Angeles’ Screenwriting Expo. Mac fans, please read to the bottom for an exciting update just for you!
FEATURES: Story terms, story techniques, models, POV, common mistakes, lessons, tips, story shapes, program, tour, genre help, reports and examples.
UNIQUE CAPABILITIES: This blockbuster software is designed to foster writers’ creativity to write compelling stories and incorporate components that successful Hollywood films of all genres generally have.
DETRACTIONS: Downloadable software is only compatible with Windows. (Not anymore, see below!)
FINAL VERDICT: This virtual institution offers users so many things besides software: online classes, genre add-ons, and articles. This product would be a great source for writers who want to improve their story-development skills and understand what makes a story successful on screen. The tab-filled design is intense, but manageable to comprehend.
Mac users, John Truby has heard your battle cries for a Mac version of Truby’s Blockbuster 2010 and for the first time ever, will be unveiling it along with the PC version.
Both the Mac and PC version will be available at this weekend’s Screenwriting Expo in Los Angeles. Click here for more details. Software will be available starting Monday Oct 11 at The Writer’s Store and Truby’s Writing Studio.
John Truby is regarded as the serious writer’s story coach and has taught his 22-Step Great Screenwriting and Genre courses to sold-out audiences in Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Sydney, Rome, Toronto, and other far-flung locales. Over the past 20 years, more than 30,000 students have taken Truby’s 22-Step class and rave about the insights and direction it has given them. Truby continues to serve as a story consultant to the major studios, including Sony Pictures, HBO, Disney Studios, Alliance Atlantis, Cannell Studios, BBC, MTV Sweden, RAI in Italy, and many others. He recently worked on the Disney/BBC feature-length nature documentary, EARTH, which received high marks for the quality of the story. Students who have taken Truby classes run the gamut from beginners to professionals who have worked on hit movies like Sleepless in Seattle, Beetlejuice, Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars.
A recent Truby student wrote, ‘Through John’s course I understand what it takes to write great films. This has given me ability to pitch my ideas with confidence because I know they are structurally sound! My feature is being made because of Truby’s Great Screenwriting Class.’ –Tim Stufflebeam
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