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Letters to Young Filmmakers: Creativity and Getting Your Films Made Paperback – February 1, 2012
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Letters to aspiring directors, producers, screenwriters, and other creatives from one of the world’s leading teachers of film. Suber emphasizes that what is required of a professional in the world of film is not just technique, but an understanding and ability to deal with the realities of how films get made.
About the Author
If anyone can be called the “Yoda” of filming, it’s Howard Suber. For 46 years, Howard Suber has taught generations of screenwriters, directors, producers, and film scholars at UCLA’s celebrated film school, and his former students are today creating films and television programs and teaching film studies throughout the world.
He created and for many years chaired UCLA’s current Film and Television Producers Program, which is focused on the realities of the modern film and television industries. He has team-taught with, or brought into the Producers Program, many of the most important movie studio heads, agents, producers, lawyers, and executives in the industry.
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Suber's book, THE POWER OF FILM (thepoweroffilm.com), produced reactions such as these:
"Howard Suber is one of the foremost teachers of film in the world."
--Geoffrey Gilmore, Director, Sundance Film Festival
"Howard Suber's understanding of film storytelling fills the pages of this wise, liberating book. Much of it is surprisingly contrary to what "everyone knows." A remarkable work."
-- Francis Ford Coppola
"For years students in Howard Suber's legendary classes at UCLA begged him to write a book. Now that he has delivered it, filmmakers, scholars and anyone else with a serious interest in film can rejoice. A fascinating and thought-provoking work."
-- Alexander Payne, Director/Screenwriter, Sideways, About Schmidt
"What Aristotle did for drama, Howard Suber has now done for film. This is a profound and succinct book that is miraculously fun to read."
-- David Koepp, Screenwriter, War of the Worlds (2005), Spider-Man, Mission Impossible, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."
Suber's book, LETTERS TO YOUNG FILMMAKERS/CREATIVITY AND WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO GET YOUR FILMS MADE produced reactions such as these:
"Letters to Young Filmmakers is full of wisdom, insight, anecdote, and knowledge distilled from years of experience, relationships, and contemplation. His genuine understanding of how the film business operates makes his advice to young filmmakers sound, inspiring and, above all, useful."
-- Geoffrey Gilmore, Director, Sundance Film Festival, 1990-2010; Chief Creative Officer, Tribeca Enterprises.
"Wise, kind, and direct. Howard Suber's advice is as piercing as Don Corleone telling Michael who not to trust, and just as vital. I LOVE this book!"
-- David Koepp, screenwriter Jurassic Park, Mission Impossible, Spider-Man, War of the Worlds, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
"This master teacher of film provides us with a multitude of brilliant insights and sound, sage, advice. He has mentored generations of writers, directors, and producers with his intelligence and compassion for the art of film and the industry that sometimes manages to produce it."
-- Tom Sherak, President, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
"Those of us lucky enough to work in film exist at an often vexing intersection between art and commerce, but also between creativity and achievability, idealism and practicality, inspiration and dogged perseverance. The maddening contradictions of what we do to make movies are explored in Letters to Young Filmmakers in a way you won't find anywhere else. Howard Suber was the single most influential professor I had at the UCLA film school. In this sometimes painfully honest and always wise book, he brings decades of filmic and life experience to questions that everyone working in film, whether beginner or established professional, must deal with."
"Suber's in-depth knowledge of film is simply unmatched. This is 50 years of cinematic wisdom expressed with wit, precision and philosophical elegance. An indispensable, inspiring piece of work from a truly legendary teacher who has somehow still managed to remain one of Hollywood's best kept secrets. Not anymore!"
-- Sacha Gervasi, director, Anvil! The Story of Anvil!; screenwriter, Steven Spielberg's Terminal.
Suber has been a consultant and expert witness for every Hollywood studio and several networks and cable companies, especially dealing with issues of screenplay copyrights and creative control, and he has been employed to advise a major studio on screenplays being considered for production.
He was been an Associate Dean of the UCLA School of Theater, Film, Television and Digital Media, and President of The Society for Film Studies, the national scholarly organization in the field, and has been awarded UCLA's Distinguished Teaching Award and life achievement awards from two film festivals.
Before being asked to develop UCLA's Producers Program in 1987, he devoted nearly 20 years to developing and chairing UCLA's program in film history, theory, and criticism, including creating and chairing the Ph.D. program in film and television. He was also a member of The National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress, which selects 25 films each year for national recognition and preservation.
Suber was the Director and one of the founders of the UCLA Film Archive, which became the largest such institutional collection outside the Library of Congress during his tenure.
Top Customer Reviews
1 - READ THIS BOOK. You will not regret it - No matter who you are.
2 - Try to understand the concept of Fate and Destiny - It has completely changed my life.
So many "secrets" of Hollywood or the film industry revealed. Secrets about becoming successful and happy. As an example, I want to share a quote from the book - The last paragraph in chapter Rules vs. Principles. It's simple in a way that makes me embarrassed I never thought of it:
"Filmmakers need to figure out which things are principles, which are rules, and which are merely matters of etiquette. Those who break rules tend to acquire fame and glory, while those who violate principles are likely to never understand why they don't succeed."
Anyway, do yourself a favor and buy this book. This is NOT a how to book. This is zen-like, philosophical book that offers advice on how to survive the cruel, cruel world that is known as Hollywood. Think of Phil Jackson writing a book on basketball (oh wait, he did) and there you have it. If you're looking for a magic pill that will win the big fight, I'm sorry, it doesn't exist. But if you wanna learn how to throw a punch (or dodge one!), check this book out.
Suber does not offer just a how-to book about film and "the biz," he gives us an eloquent and thoughtful hand to hold, making us just a little wiser as we weather this crazy dream of filmmaking.
It's a great read and not didactic or full of hubris in the way so many books about filmmaking are. Suber tells inexperienced filmmakers how to maintain the integrity of their dreams, their careers, their lives as they practice and make strides in their craft. It's just a very, very good book about succeeding in a very, very difficult industry.
Jeffrey M. Freedman
While most filmmakers spend only a fraction of their lives actually creating films, they spend far more time trying to get their films made. Howard explains the difference between being active and engaging in effective actions, making you more aware, so you can produce results. He helps you to distinguish between motivations (internal), where a person is coming from, and objectives/goals (external), where a person is going.
He shares a strategic concept called Triangulation and shows you how to use it to get around challenges and obstacles that arise, when trying to get your films made; he gives a great example from the process involved in getting Gorillas In The Mist made, where most producers would've walked away, this producer took the high road and succeeded.
Howard discusses where inspiration comes from, how we connect to creativity, and what creative people experience, when they're completely into their work. You'll learn how great stories are created the way great wines are.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have as a gift (they were very happy with it) but I got to read 5 or 6 letters and was very happy with them.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Howard knows what he's talking about and doesn't beat around the bush or nothing. He tells you exactly how it is, whether you wanna hear it or not, and he manages to make it... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Padu
a nice follow up to his previous book. wish this author would wirte more and or record more audio commentaries for filmsPublished on May 27, 2013 by unnamed
I must admit, I approached this book with apprehension as I find most "advise" books about the film industry to be nothing more than a narrowly focused how-to look at the author's... Read morePublished on May 3, 2012 by Winston C
Howard Suber has done it again. If his Power of Film was intelligent and provocative, then Letters is that and more. Read morePublished on April 26, 2012 by Roberta Degnore
A must read for all those serious about having a career in the creative business of movie making. Suber's advice is indispensable!Published on April 18, 2012 by LB
You shouldn't just read this book - you should re-read it at least once a year, every year, for the rest of your career. Read morePublished on April 16, 2012 by Will T
I have a vast library of books on film. From the first page, I knew this one would be the most informative and useful book I've ever read. Read morePublished on April 16, 2012 by Anthony C
A really great book from a really great mind.
The most frustrating thing about the film industry is the lack of guidance and support given to young filmmakers. Read more