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There are abundant writing lessons to be learned here, but "life" lessons, as well. In fact, this story is about "getting over" Hollywood, more than just "getting into" Hollywood. Readers looking past the material or superficial (e.g., celebrity) for something more meaningful in their lives, will find this book truly uplifting.
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Peter Coyote, EMMY winning actor: ERIN BROCKOVICH, ET, etc.
"If you've ever wondered what Jane Fonda, Spiderman, Clint Eastwood, Bertholt Brecht, Tom and Jerry and Ken and Barbie and Roy and Dale plus. . . the Culligan Man and the House UnAmerican Activities Committee have in common, the answer is Dan Bessie. He encounters them all in his lively account of his struggles to make films his way. 'Reeling Through Hollywood' is both a delight and a powerful tutorial in independent filmmaking."
Tom Rickman, OSCAR and EMMY nominated screenwriter / Humanatis Prize winner: COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER, TRUMAN, TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE, etc.
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For anyone who can't get into film school. An on-paper process that shows how to write screenplays and make both long and short films. Will save you years of head scratching and will completely demystify the process of making a movie.
D.B. Gilles is the author of "The Screenwriter Within" and "The Portable Film School." He is a produced and published screenwriter, TV writer and playwright. He did the screen adaptation of the play "Spinning Into Butter" starring Sarah Jessica Parker due this Fall. He teaches Screenwriting and Comedy Writing in the Undergraduate Film & Television Department at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He is also a Script Consultant and Writing Coach.
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50 Screenwriting Tips For $5 is a like a cool screenwriting class to go. In less than 100 fast-paced pages, Script Consultant, Writing Coach and New York University Film School Professor D.B. Gilles offers up his take on writing a screenplay with 50 easy-to-read screenwriting tips. They will help beginning screenwriters complete their scripts and get them closer to the goal line.
There's an eerie correspondence among the 12 stages of the Hero's Journey, the 12 steps of AA recovery and the sometimes challenging experience of becoming a professional writer. Filled with tough love and unvarnished truths about the business of writing, Writers Rehab takes both experienced and aspiring writers past self-delusion and towards productivity.
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Doing It For Money - The Agony and Ecstasy of Writing and Surviving in Hollywood Edited by Daryl G. NickensForty-eight top film and TV writers tell the real story about making it in the entertainment business... and it isn't always pretty. Doing It For Money - The Agony and Ecstasy of Writing and Surviving in Hollywood (Tallfellow Press, ISBN 1-931290-58-X, $24.95, 288p, Hardcover, May) offers personal essays and behind-the-scenes tips that will either scare you away forever or confirm that you were meant to be a writer.
Contributors include Stephen Gaghan (Syriana, Traffic), Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean, Shrek), Leslie Dixon (The Thomas Crown Affair, Mrs. Doubtfire), John Sacret Young (The West Wing, China Beach) and many more. For a complete list of contributors, their credits and notable quotes from the book, visit www.Tallfellow.com
When you're an outsider, it's not a matter of who you know - because you don't know anybody - it's what you know.
Learn how to get noticed by agents, producers and publishers.
Learn how to adapt your work into different formats, including TV/Film treatments.
Learn about contracts, copywriting; what to do once you've finished your script/book/article.
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Do fancy fonts get you the fancy job? No. Find out why not on page 60.
Whats the most important item at the top of your resume? Hint: Its not your name. Find out what it is on page 10.
In what order should your work experience be listed? The shocking answer is on page 23.
The Screenwriter's Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script (Seventh Edition) by David Trottier.Includes industry-approved script formatting guide, a workbook, clear writing advice with hundreds of examples, a practical marketing section, a spec style guide, and plenty of useful resources. Popular and authoritative. Strongly recommended by agents and industry insiders.
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The Third Act is the first screenwriting instructional book to focus entirely on that most important part of a script - the ending.
The book features detailed examinations of the endings of many memorable films, including Rocky, Rain Man, Good Will Hunting, Saving Private Ryan, Casablanca, Million Dollar Baby, Se7en, Lost in Translation, and Gladiator. Through this analysis, Drew Yanno highlights the structural elements you'll need to make your screenplay's ending as compelling and satisfying as
If you want to understand the fine art of writing a great ending to your screenplay, The Third Act is a truly useful resource and inspiration.