- File Size: 2908 KB
- Print Length: 306 pages
- Publisher: Triad Publishing Company; 1 edition (January 27, 2012)
- Publication Date: January 27, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0072PEV6U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,605 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
How To Write Groundhog Day Kindle Edition
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More About the Author
Rubin has taught screenwriting in Chicago at the University of Illinois, Columbia College, and the National High School Institute; at the Sundance Institute in Utah; the PAL Screenwriting Lab in England; the Chautauqua Institution in New York; and in New Mexico at the College of Santa Fe. He is currently the Briggs-Copeland Lecturer on Screenwriting at Harvard University.
Rubin holds a BA in biology from Brown University and an MA in radio, television, and film from Northwestern University.
Top Customer Reviews
1. It contains the original screenplay. So you get to experience the original unedited movie the way Danny Rubin created it.
2. The screenplay has embedded insider notes from the author.
3. This book shows how a timeless story was created from birth pains to major motion picture success.
4. The book contains fascinating insights into the screenwriting process.
5. The book answers interesting questions that remained a mystery in the movie, such as how long did the immortal Phil actually live? Was it months, years, or many lifetimes?
6. The book vividly portrays the tug of war between the writer and the studio as the screenplay was changed into a major motion picture.
In the end I found myself wishing there were two Groundhog Day movies made from Danny Rubin's screenplay; the classic that was produced by Columbia and a second one that fully matched what the writer had in mind for his movie. Buy the book and enjoy... then watch the movie again and enjoy... then wake up in the morning and do it all over again. It's Groundhog Day.
It is NOT a step-by-step 'How to..' guide, however. There are other good books which cover that topic; Blake Synder's Save the Cat being the best deconstruction of how high concept scripts are (usually) structured. Danny Rubin's book, rather, explores in depth what happens when you come up with a genuinely brilliant idea and try to execute it in a fresh and interesting way.
It's an incredibly honest and therefore revealing account of what happens during the life of a script. From concept, through writing, development, casting, production and editing; it really paints a picture of how collaberative the business of making movies is. What makes it work so well is that Rubin's first draft is excellent and easy to fall in love with. This makes the decisions that shaped the final film, decisions which have created something so perfect in so many eyes, all the more fascinating. It is not the story of a poor screenplay made good. It's the story of how something that's already very good still inevitably has to change as the process rolls on. Rubin is very open about how the Studio, Harold Ramis and Bill Murray all helped shape the eventual film. This could easily have been the story of a lovely screenplay ruined, so it's to the credit of everyone involved that the script evolved in a way that didn't dilute its original charm.
The book shares this charm, and thus reveals Danny Rubin to be the source of it. You can't help but finish the book feeling happy for him. In an industry obesessed with making the same films over, and over, and over... it's nice to share in a rare moment when a good one makes it through.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent read. A great source of information for one of the best movies ever made.Published 12 hours ago by Amazon Customer
This is a decent account on how the popular film originated and evolved from the original draft to the final movie. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Miika Kuusisto
Fantastic work, well worth the $9.99 price. A wonderful peek into the author's creative process; fascinating insights on his collaboration with Harold Ramis and Bill Murray,... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Darla
The good things about this book (and there are no really bad things) fall into 3 or 4 categories:
(1) insight into screenwriting in general . . . Read more
What a terrific blow-by-blow of what it's like to be the screenwriter of a successful - a classic - movie. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Joe Shapiro
Amazing read for anyone (like me) who loved the movie, and budding screenwriters!Published 9 months ago by Gray Jones
If you're more than a casual fan of the movie, I think you'll like this book. It was an enjoyable read for me. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mark Wilsonwood
Excellent. Would love to see the finished script as well. This look at how Groundhog Day was made is unique and worth the time.Published 13 months ago by Corey
Especially when you aren't looking to write a formulaic one. Very interesting and useful. And entertaining as well. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Twiggy Twerpkiss