Tales from the Script 50 Hollywood Screenwriters Share Their Stories

ISBN-10: 0061855928
ISBN-13: 9780061855924
Edition: 2010
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Book details

List price: $15.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 1/26/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Few modern art forms are as misunderstood as the craft of creating movie scripts, but Tales from the Script puts readers in the trenches of the Hollywood development process. Readers will revel in the exploits of Shane Black (Lethal Weapon), John Carpenter (Halloween), Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption), Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally), William Goldman (The Princess Bride), David Hayter (Watchmen), Bruce Joel Rubin (Ghost), Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver), Ron Shelton (Bull Durham), and dozens of others. They'll learn how these writers surmounted the incredible odds against breaking into Hollywood, transformed their ideas into films that topped the box office, launched the careers of major stars, and earned Oscars. The stories behind the storytellers are as exciting, surprising, and inspirational as the narratives of their celebrated films. Entertaining, startling, and uplifting, this collection of exclusive interviews with Hollywood's leading screenwriters is a must read for those who dream of penning a Hollywood screenplay and for movie buffs excited to learn the stories behind their favorite films; it's a a master class taught by those who made that dream come true.

Peter Hanson is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Denver and a former staff member in the office of Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD). He has been interviewed by national and international media organizations, including the BBC, Agence France-Presse, the New York Times online's 'FiveThirtyEight' blog, USA Today, Minnesota Public Radio, Colorado Public Radio, Rocky Mountain PBS, and the Denver Post. He co-led the University of Denver's 'Colorado Voter Poll' in 2012.

Introduction
The Adventure Begins
The Educator's Perspective
Breaking In
The Contest Administrator's Perspective
The Marketplace of Ideas
The Reader's Perspective
The First Yes
The Agent's Perspective
What's Yours Is Theirs
The Development Executive's Perspective
Power Players
The Director's Perspective
The Rules of the Game
The Screenwriting Guru's Perspective
Slings and Arrows
The Writers Guild Arbitrator's Perspective
Taking Control
The Maverick's Perspective
No Is the Path to Yes
The Therapist's Perspective
Going the Distance
The Veteran's Perspective
Meet the Screenwriters
Acknowledgments

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