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Product Details

  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (December 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250001838
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250001832
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #780,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anyone following movie trends can see that adaptations are hot right now, with hit films being culled from best-selling book series (such as Harry Potter or the Hunger Games), comics (Marvel’s The Avengers), or even theme-park rides (The Pirates of the Caribbean films). Novelist and screenwriter Marlow has penned a helpful guide to turning an idea or a book property into a screenplay and getting that script sold. The writing basics are here: Marlow breaks down the elements of a commercial script and offers tips for writing the all-important logline. But Marlow also details how consultants can aid those who need help honing their screenplay, and offers suggestions for hiring a screenwriter for those who would rather have someone else pen the idea. He educates readers on the roles of managers, agents, and studios, as well as explaining the difference between an option and a sale. Featuring quotes from Hollywood success stories such as screenwriter Paul Haggis and producer Gale Anne Hurd, this is a comprehensive and practical guide for aspiring writers and producers. --Kristine Huntley

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"John Robert Marlow's new book Make Your Story a Movie examines the process of adapting a story to the screen. John's done a terrific job researching the business side of adaptations, and presents practical advice on writing them."
                                                          --Christopher Lockhart, WME Story Editor 


"A comprehensive and practical guide for aspiring writers and producers."--Booklist

More About the Author

John Robert Marlow is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, and adaptation consultant. He recently closed a Hollywood script deal--an adaptation he wrote and will executive produce, with an estimated budget of $60 million. John's nonfiction articles have appeared in the Screenwriter's and Playwright's Market and the Novel and Short Story Writer's Market (both published by Writer's Digest Books), The Writer, Writers' Journal, the Self Editing Blog, the Make Your Story a Movie blog, Backspace, Women On Writing, Writing-World, Fellow Script, Parade, The Huffington Post, and numerous other print and online publications. John is a two-time Academy Nicholl Fellowships finalist, and lives in Los Angeles.

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The book is a good addition for novelists and screenwriters to add to their library.
erikcc
In addition the book includes many valuable interviews with other Hollywood insiders who share their practical advice within these pages too.
m. adams
The book was a quick and easy read, but one that I will return to many times as a vital reference.
Duncan Lane

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven Enloe on December 17, 2012
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The title of this book is too modest. It could be "Develop a Great Story and Adapt it into a Great movie." It's also strong on business essentials from industry insiders. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Prufrock on December 14, 2012
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If you have written a novel and you think it would make a great movie, you are going to have to read this book. It answers most of the basic questions that you will be asking at the start of the process: What kinds of stories can be adapted? How do I pitch a film project? How do I judge visual potential? What average length are producers looking for? Should I write my own screenplay? Marlow answers these questions (and more) with the help of major Hollywood insiders who bring the real world to this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By m. adams on December 19, 2012
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This is an intelligent book full of practical useful advice on the adaptation of stories and books for film. Marlow does an excellent job researching his subject, and has personal experience himself having broken into Hollywood with no connections going in. In addition the book includes many valuable interviews with other Hollywood insiders who share their practical advice within these pages too. A solid choice for any screenwriter wishing to know more about the ins and outs of adaptation as well as what Hollywood is looking for in books and scripts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Duncan Lane on January 8, 2013
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This is a very good book. It provides excellent guidance on how to write a screenplay, and delves deeply into the business side of Hollywood. My impression is that the author has put in many years of hard work to learn his trade and is genuinely interested in helping people who are just starting out. He provides a wealth of information, facts, figures and recommendations, all in a lively conversational style. The book was a quick and easy read, but one that I will return to many times as a vital reference. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone who wants to write a screenplay.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ken Howard, LCSW on January 4, 2013
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Very few books have the value of this one -- it's full of easy-to-understand, straightforward, specific, realistic, and yet instructive and supportive information on how to adapt material. I'm currently adapting a novel into a screenplay, and this is exactly what I needed to guide that process. This book would be a bargain at twice the price; I highly recommend it. Congratulations to the author for delivering a book that is really legitimate and useful; it is much appreciated!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By erikcc on December 21, 2012
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Disclosure- John is my editor for my yet to be published International thriller novel which is close to completion-
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 11, 2013
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This book provides great insights into the movie industry and how a book goes from paper to the big screen.
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