This is the book that really changed the way I watched movies. When I came across Carson’s site, I thought I knew all there was to know about movies. Boy, was I wrong. From character flaws, to inner goals to the use of GSU (Goals, Stakes and Urgency), Carson’s site is a resource no screenwriter should be without.
On his site, you’ll find several free examples of writing tips from a bunch of great films. (“The Godfather,” “GoodFellas,” “Trainspotting” and “The Big Lebowski” among them.) The examples gained from each movie go to prove that Carson knows his stuff. All the practices and techniques he’s described in the past come into play in EVERY script.
At the time of this writing, the Kindle edition of this book is available for $5. That is a mere fraction of what this opus should cost. This is a link to an excerpt from his book that he published on his site: Link.
Here is a list of all the movies he covers in his book:
Aliens, Stand By Me, Up, The Bourne Identity, District 9, The Proposal, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, Good Will Hunting, Big, Avatar, Die Hard, Taken, American Beauty, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Star Wars, Lethal Weapon, Back to the Future, Fargo, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Fugitive, The Hangover, Crash, Notting Hill, Inception, The Empire Strikes Back, Bridesmaids, Training Day, Jerry McGuire, The Social Network, Rocky, Pulp Fiction, The Goonies, Pretty Woman, Juno, Super 8, The Shawshank Redemption, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, When Harry Met Sally, Office Space, The Princess Bride, Psycho, The Ring, Titanic, The Matrix, The Silence of the Lambs, The Sixth Sense, Star Trek, Taxi Driver and Terminator 2.
I can assure you that this is the most worthwhile screenwriting book worth having.
Available here: Link.