- File Size: 2908 KB
- Print Length: 306 pages
- Publisher: Triad Publishing Company; 1 edition (January 27, 2012)
- Publication Date: January 27, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0072PEV6U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,097 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
How To Write Groundhog Day Kindle Edition
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1. It contains the original screenplay. So you get to experience the original unedited movie the way Danny Rubin created it.
2. The screenplay has embedded insider notes from the author.
3. This book shows how a timeless story was created from birth pains to major motion picture success.
4. The book contains fascinating insights into the screenwriting process.
5. The book answers interesting questions that remained a mystery in the movie, such as how long did the immortal Phil actually live? Was it months, years, or many lifetimes?
6. The book vividly portrays the tug of war between the writer and the studio as the screenplay was changed into a major motion picture.
In the end I found myself wishing there were two Groundhog Day movies made from Danny Rubin's screenplay; the classic that was produced by Columbia and a second one that fully matched what the writer had in mind for his movie. Buy the book and enjoy... then watch the movie again and enjoy... then wake up in the morning and do it all over again. It's Groundhog Day.
It is NOT a step-by-step 'How to..' guide, however. There are other good books which cover that topic; Blake Synder's Save the Cat being the best deconstruction of how high concept scripts are (usually) structured. Danny Rubin's book, rather, explores in depth what happens when you come up with a genuinely brilliant idea and try to execute it in a fresh and interesting way.
It's an incredibly honest and therefore revealing account of what happens during the life of a script. From concept, through writing, development, casting, production and editing; it really paints a picture of how collaberative the business of making movies is. What makes it work so well is that Rubin's first draft is excellent and easy to fall in love with. This makes the decisions that shaped the final film, decisions which have created something so perfect in so many eyes, all the more fascinating. It is not the story of a poor screenplay made good. It's the story of how something that's already very good still inevitably has to change as the process rolls on. Rubin is very open about how the Studio, Harold Ramis and Bill Murray all helped shape the eventual film. This could easily have been the story of a lovely screenplay ruined, so it's to the credit of everyone involved that the script evolved in a way that didn't dilute its original charm.
The book shares this charm, and thus reveals Danny Rubin to be the source of it. You can't help but finish the book feeling happy for him. In an industry obesessed with making the same films over, and over, and over... it's nice to share in a rare moment when a good one makes it through.
Rubin explains how he originally came up with the idea for the movie and how he worked to sell it to Hollywood hoping to kick-off a career. A large part of the book contains the original draft of the screenplay with notes by Rubin about why certain aspects are the way they are. It is interesting reading the original screenplay and contrasting what was kept in the movie, what concepts later evolved into others, and what was just eliminated. The final part of the book contains some interesting reflections about how people have interpreted the movie since its release and what Rubin has been up to since.
Although this is not a very long book, I read it in only a few hours, it was quite interesting. I would recommend this book to those who are fans of Groundhog Day.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my favourite movies of all time. Loved this insight into how it was made, and the behind-the-scenes stories of what it was really like to work with Bill Murray, Harold Ramis... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Aaron Tyrrell
Pretty much just what you would hope from a book about Grounfldhog Day, lots of excellent insight on the origin of the story and the evolution as it turned into a movie. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kendall H. Gelner
One of my best memories is from my grandfather telling me old stories/plays written in Sanskrit, centuries ago. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gyanesh Pandey
Excellent read. A great source of information for one of the best movies ever made.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a decent account on how the popular film originated and evolved from the original draft to the final movie. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Miika Kuusisto
Fantastic work, well worth the $9.99 price. A wonderful peek into the author's creative process; fascinating insights on his collaboration with Harold Ramis and Bill Murray,... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Darla
The good things about this book (and there are no really bad things) fall into 3 or 4 categories:
(1) insight into screenwriting in general . . . Read more
What a terrific blow-by-blow of what it's like to be the screenwriter of a successful - a classic - movie. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Joe Shapiro