Houston Howard's book challenges screenwriters/authors to take their simple story and turn it into a complex world. The focus of Mr. Howard's book is to incorporate a concept entitled “360 Degree StoryWeaving,” where the author of said story looks not only at the core story they want to write but looks far beyond it. These concepts not only include the past/present/future of the story being told, but to the entire universe it exists inside of. (As such, this framework can easily help you bridge into other platforms such as computer games...
Going one step further – you should only hire the sound guy. Sound is more important than the image. Repeating: SOUND IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN IMAGE. Why? There are many, many films out there that could be deemed “artsy” – from the closing scenes of 2001 a Space Odyssey to the long one-take shots from the film Children of Men. Bad acting, bad directing, bad set direction pale in comparison to bad sound. If the sounds in the above mentioned films were terrible – people would have been running for the exits.
Letters that go from Ideas to Treatments to Making Films to Marketing and even, yes, to Getting Screwed. Mr. Suber covers, pretty much, all the bases.
Mr. Giglio attempts to make writing the comedy blockbuster easy and I have to say he succeeds. Whether you've written a comedy script or even thinking of writing a comedy script - you need to read this excellent book.
Premiere Elements 10 does a masterful job of just skirting the line between professional and consumer friendly. Enough elements for a seasoned pro to explore, but simple enough for someone to slap together some footage and get it rendered quickly.