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Doing It for Money: The Agony and Ecstasy of Writing and Surviving in Hollywood [Hardcover]

Daryl G. Nickens
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From the Publisher

Full list of contributors:

Daniel Petrie, Jr. - Beverly Hills Cop; Turner and Hooch; Shoot to Kill; The Big Easy
John August - Corpse Bride; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Charlie's Angels; Big Fish; Go
Phil Alden Robinson - Freedom Song; Field of Dreams; Sneakers
Winnie Holzman - Wicked; Once and Again; My So-Called Life; The Wonder Years; thirtysomething
Stephen Gaghan - Syriana; Traffic; The Practice; NYPD Blue
Andrew W. Marlowe - Air Force One; End of Days; Hollow Man
Ann Marcus - Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman; Falcon Crest; Knots Landing; Peyton Place; General Hospital
Ken Nolan - Black Hawk Down
Luisa Leschin - The George Lopez Show; Resurrection Blvd.
Robert Cochran - 24; L.A. Law; The Commish; JAG
Bruce Joel Rubin - Jacob's Ladder; My Life; Ghost; Deep Impact; Stuart Little 2
Gregory Allen Howard - Remember the Titans; Ali
Henry Bromell - Carnivale; Chicago Hope; Northern Exposure
Glenn Gordon Caron - Medium; Moonlighting; Now and Again
Steven Rogers - Kate & Leopold; Stepmom; Hope Floats
Rosemary Anne Sisson - The Six Wives of Henry VIII; The Young Indiana Jones; Upstairs, Downstairs
Bill Boulware - The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air; In the House; The Parkers
Steve Shagan - Primal Fear; Save the Tiger; Voyage of the Damned
Donna Powers & Wayne Powers - Deep Blue Sea; The Italian Job; Cagney & Lacey
Alan Kirschenbaum - Yes, Dear; Baby Talk; Anything But Love
Winifred Hervey - Golden Girls; Fresh Prince of Bel-Air; The Cosby Show; Mork & Mindy
Jim Kouf - National Treasure; Snow Dogs; Rush Hour; Angel; Operation Dumbo Drop
Sherwood Schwartz - The Brady Bunch; Gilligan's Island
Chris Abbott - Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman; Diagnosis Murder; Cagney & Lacey
Chris Brancato - Beverly Hills, 90210; The X-Files; Boomtown; North Shore
Terry Rossio - Shrek; Pirates of the Caribbean; The Mask of Zorro; Aladdin
Ted Tally - The Silence of the Lambs; Red Dragon; White Palace; The Juror
Joseph Stefano - Psycho; The Outer Limits; Star Trek: The Next Generation
Sandra Tsing Loh - Chicken Little
Mary Agnes Donoghue - Veronica Guerin; White Oleander; Beaches
Lewis Colick - October Sky; Ladder 49; Beyond the Sea; Ghosts of Mississippi
John Sacret Young - The West Wing; China Beach; Police Story; Thanks of a Grateful Nation
Wesley Strick - Doom; Cape Fear; Final Analysis; Arachnophobia
Billy Riback - Murphy Brown; Home Improvement
Lionel Chetwynd - Ike; Celsius 411; The Siege of Ruby Ridge; The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
Leslie Dixon - Freaky Friday; The Thomas Crown Affair; Pay it Forward; Mrs. Doubtfire; Hairspray (2006)
Robert Nelson Jacobs - Chocolat; The Shipping News; Out to Sea
Felicia D. Henderson - Soul Food (T.V.show); Fresh Prince of Bel-Air; Family Matter
Marc Norman - Shakespeare in Love; Oklahoma Crude; Five Desperate Women; Mission:Impossible (T.V. show)
Jane Anderson - The Prizewinner of Defiance Ohio, Normal; How to Make An American Quilt; If These Walls Could Talk; The Baby Dance
Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal - Bee Season; Losing Isaiah; Running on Empty
Michael Colleary - Lara Croft: Tomb Raider; Touched By An Angel; Face/Off;
Jeff Melvoin - Alias; Remington Steele; Hill Street Blues; Northern Exposure
Tom Fontana - Homicide: Life on the Street; OZ; St. Elsewhere
Jessica Bendinger - Bring It On; First Daughter; Sex & the City
Hal Kanter - Blue Hawaii; Road to Bali; Julia (T.V. show); over 10 Annual Academy Award Shows
Margot Black - Disney Princess Stories; Television and has written for Written By; She's So Funny; Joke Soup

From the Inside Flap

Ah, the life of a successful screenwriter!

Sitting in your Malibu beach house finishing the script that will bring in the next million dollar check...Doing lunch at The Ivy... Hollywood party-hopping where you're the idol of stars, movie execs and paparazzi....

Yeah, right!

Not if you're "Doing It for Money"!

The true process of writing for the Hollywood Machine is finally revealed in these pages.

Clueless executives... temperamental stars... rewrites that ?re-wrong... the script you've poured your blood, sweat and tears into... Welcome to the wonderful world of screenwriting!

More than a compilation of "war stories," these insightful, sometimes acerbic, but always entertaining essays from 48 top movie and TV writers cover it all: from attempting to write (and putting it off!); to breaking in; to pitching and selling a script; to tales of rewrites, notes and unexpected "help" from execs, stars, friends of the caterer and everyone in between. Contributors include Stephen Gaghan (Syriana, Traffic, NYPD Blue), 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.

Also included are valuable "insider" Secrets from Hollywood Pros on making it in this cutthroat industry!

Here, then, is your invaluable ticket to a personal behind-the-scenes tour of what it's really like to be "Doing It For Money" in the mad, mad world of entertainment.

From the Back Cover

"A hilarious, insightful, and thoroughly entertaining book -- one that takes you behind the false glamour and glitz the public knows and welcomes you into the dank boiler room below where the real work of Hollywood is done by those who stoke the furnace. This is an intimate conversation over endless cups of coffee with screenwriters of all generations, a candid and privileged glimpse at the whole crazy zen tapestry of what we do...the pains, the joys, and the absurdities of our trade." -Frank Darabont, writer/dirctor - The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile

?Doing It For Money is a smart, funny, sad, triumphant book about writing, about the joys and concerns of writing, about the impossibility of writing, about writing. Daryl Nickens has gathered together astute, witty, intensely real essays by our very best screenwriters and offered them up for our delectation. This is a book for anyone who has ever written for money and for everyone who hasn't.? -Howard A. Rodman Professor and Chair - Division of Writing School of Cinema-Television - University of Southern California

Doing It For Money provides a "behind-the-scenes" look at Hollywood through the eyes and pens of 48 top screenwriters. Personal, provocative essays take the reader on a wild ride through the terror, backstabbing, idiocy and triumph that go hand in hand with writing for movies and TV.

There's also a treasure trove of insider advice on how to beat the system and avoid the pitfalls inherent in writing and selling a script.

Doing It For Money: a unique view for pros and fans alike!

About the Author

Daryl G. Nickens is a former chair of the graduate screenwriting program at AFI and still teaches there, and at USC. An Emmy, WGA and Humanitas Prizenominated screenwriter, he works in film, television and animation, and lives in LA with his family.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

A girl of ten, from Birmingham, Alabama, stood on Hollywood Boulevard in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater, looking at the stars engraved with famous names on the sidewalk, the handprints of cinema legends in the cement. Two years later, a a boy of twelve from rural New Hampshire stood there, too, dreaming of living in Los Angeles and making movies. Untold years later, that boy and girl have beome us and we are both standing in the very same spot. Only now, the five blocks that surround the famed movie theater are closed off to traffic, replaced with picture cars. And the tourists have been replaced with hundreds of extras, while real tourists stand behind ropes taking instamatic pictures, perhaps thinking that they had stumbled upon a typical day in Hollywood. As the third take of a scene unfolds, a crane lifts higher, a series of explosions roar around an armored truck, and two helicopters shatter the air above the turbothrob. This the the 45th shooting day of the remake of THE ITALIAN JOB, a heist movie we wrote, starring Mark Whalberg, Edward Norton, Charlize Theron and Donald Sutherland. We both realize that this is a moment to savor, and that there is nothing more Hollywood than being on Hollywood Boulevard and blowing shit up. —Donna Powers & Wayne Powers
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