Tales from the Script
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
"Tales from the Script" is a must-see for anyone that aspires to be a screenwriter!
This film shows interviews from successful screenwriters on topics relating to the business of screenwriting. It can be useful for someone who hasn't written a script in terms of making that decision about whether to even go into this field.
Screenwriters often complain about the "notes" they get from the business people. Here, you see how the successful writers approach it. There is a reasonably mature attitude towards these notes, some understanding of how and why the business people might give you these types of notes, and also, how to approach the suggestions in order to get the most value from them.
There are serious challenges with making a film and you need to have the ability to deal with these struggles (or develop that ability) or just forget it. If you have stories you want to tell and don't want the struggles, write a novel and then try to get it optioned. At the end, at least you have a novel.
Many writers have up to 30 or more scripts written and they are lucky to have 2-3 produced. The bottom line is, if you want to be successful, you have to write and have to get completed scripts out there. It is also work to learn the craft and work to fix the problems in the script. Many of the best scripts had more than 40 drafts. Can you do that? Will you do it?
If you want advice on screenwriting, look elsewhere, but I found this film very useful.
The DVD of Tales From the Script (this is also available in Trade Paperback format with even more information in it) has interviews with many of the most well-known movie writers of the last fifty years who are still alive, as well as some who are not known outside of the business. The thing is all the interviews here offer you food for thought, and each screenwriter has something important to say about his or her career and making it in the entertainment industry.
First thing you need to understand is that this DVD doesn't teach you how to write a movie script. Everyone involved with this project already assumes you know how to do that, though some thoughts are expressed on structure and how everyone seems to think there's nothing to actually writing a screenplay. Just have Fade In at the beginning with some words and commas in the middle, and then Fade Out at the end. That's all it takes.
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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fast paced look at the "story behind the story" with a slew of screenwriters. Nice that these writers cover a number of different genres.Published 2 months ago by TXRanger
Really cool to hear from fantastic screenwriters. Wish there were more tips and less stories, but appreciate it all.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Gives a lot of insight and helped me feel good about choosing to pursue screenwriting as a hobby.Published 4 months ago by Eric Lankford