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"Relentlessly entertaining." -- New York Magazine
"Full of wry one-liners, well-spun anecdotes, and pithy observations on the movie-making industry." -- Village Voice
"Tales from the Script is actually the ideal summation on the art of screenwriting: rigorously structured, filled with great stories." -- NPR.org
Shane Black (Lethal Weapon), John Carpenter (Halloween), Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption), William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver), and dozens of other Hollywood screenwriters share penetrating insights and hilarious anecdotes in Peter Hanson and Paul Robert Herman's TALES FROM THE SCRIPT, the most comprehensive documentary ever made about screenwriting. By analyzing their triumphs and recalling their failures, the participants explain how successful writers develop the skills necessary for toughing out careers in one of the world's most competitive industries. They also reveal the untold stories behind some of the greatest screenplays ever written, describing their adventures with luminaries including Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman, Stanley Kubrick, Joel Silver, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Spielberg.
The Gospel According to Bill (12 min.): The wit and wisdom of author/screenwriter William Goldman.
Advice for New Screenwriters (9 min.): Priceless tips and inspiration for beginners.
Top Customer Reviews
"Tales from the Script" is a must-see for anyone that aspires to be a screenwriter!
It seems a bit self-referential to say this documentary is sharply written but, when the subjects themselves are such talented writers who seem willing to tell their stories with honesty and panache, the results sparkle. I found this documentary to be both insightful and very entertaining.
I really enjoyed this film in the theaters and I can't wait for my copy to arrive on DVD so I can share a few viewings with friends.
Frankly, had director Peter Hanson's superb, sobering documentary been around forty-five years ago when I first began my assault on Hollywood, I might have had second thoughts and chosen another path in life.
I was young and foolish back then. Nothing was going to stop me from scaling the "brick wall" that the folks in this film talk about. All you needed was talent and a hard head to protect you from an infinity of rejections.
[Actually, I didn't really scale the wall, but I did find a way to sneak around it.]
Hanson's film is, for the most part, a series of "talking heads," but those heads belong to some of the most knowledgeable and successful screenwriters in the motion picture industry, including William Goldman, Shane Black, John Carpenter, Frank Darabont, Bruce Joel Rubin, Paul Schrader, Ron Shelton and many more.
The writers discuss their successes and failures, how they broke into the business, the problems dealing with studios, directors and stars, and how they cope with their carefully-crafted work being re-written by others.
The writer lives a very tenuous life in Hollywood, and once their script is finished, even the most successful and revered must accept the fact that they are expendable.
TALES FROM THE SCRIPT was based on an idea by Paul Robert Herman. It is, without doubt, the best film ever made about screenwriting.
The DVD from First Run Features contains another hour of equally fascinating bonus features; advice and wisdom from these professional screenwriters.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gives a lot of insight and helped me feel good about choosing to pursue screenwriting as a hobby.Published 1 month ago by Eric Lankford
Sound bites and talking heads sprinkled with occasional anecdotes. It would have been far better served to have 3 minutes of sound bites followed by interviews with about 10... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sandal
Very insightful documentary on how, in Hollywood, the writer is always last.Published 3 months ago by J. R Rodriguez
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As a Dadager, father of an aspiring actress who is also her manager, I learned about the industry from hearing script writers speak about their craft. Read morePublished 4 months ago by S. Miska
Experienced or novice spript writers: you can't go wrong with this DVD. Very inspiring and insightful. A sure winner!Published 7 months ago by Douglas Barnett