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Make Your Story a Movie: Adapting Your Book or Idea for Hollywood Paperback – December 11, 2012
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“A comprehensive and practical guide for aspiring writers and producers.” ―Booklist
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This book is excellent in regards to creating a good story for both screenplays and other formats. The book can be used with Novels and Comics or even video games and in his book he breaks down creativity via loglines and story structure and views it from a practical and almost scientific fashion- Art in essence is science, as science is an art. The book does focus on the Movie aspect since thats its title. The book is a good addition for novelists and screenwriters to add to their library.
MYSAM gives you a structure to work within so you can take your book, out of your head, put it on page, and sell it to Hollywood. It will walk you through deciding if a movie is worth pursuing, and how to get there. Addressing adaptation from several viewpoints including: playwrights, screen writers, book authors, etc…; gives a well rounded view of what it takes to get a book onto the screen.
MYSAM gives a good overview of what can be made into a film, and what you will have to sacrifice from your book to get it made. You could also use the book as a guide to write a book that appeals to Hollywood.
MYSAM also covers a topic that is routinely ignored, Rights. Do you sell the idea, a screenplay, or option it to someone. How long should an option run? Can I get my Rights back, how? It’s something you have to consider BEFORE you even start shopping your book (or writing it); it’s even MORE important when it comes to a film version of your book. A mistake can cost you BIG.
MYSAM covers the basic wants of studios. Although there is much beyond what is covered, it’s enough for NON Hollywood writers to get a basic grasp of what you need in your story. The “artists” will be offend; but they most likely are not reading this book anyway.
Another overlooked area that is covered by the book, is representation. Most notably, why you need an agent, and a “hollywood" agent at that.Read more ›
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Marlow presents a thorough picture of what is real in the world of screen play writing and adaptation, as only a successful author of screen plays can. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Bengel
This would have been better if it would have contained a sample movie script.Published 16 months ago by Marj Brown
This was a great book on how the film business works with regards to book adaptations. John definitely knows his stuff and is a crafted screenwriter. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Marc A. DiGiacomo
If you want to adapt your novel or other creative medium into a film, this is the book for you. Written in a very easy-to-read and conversational way, it's got so much information... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Sibel Hodge
This product arrived on time. It was well packaged and has a lot of interesting ideas and suggestions. for the reader.Published 21 months ago by Carole Magnus
MAKE YOUR OWN STORY A MOVIE is a must-have for screenwriters or authors who are interested in the fascinating movie-adaption process. Read morePublished on July 20, 2013 by Doug Solter