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How To Write Groundhog Day by [Rubin, Danny]
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  • 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
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This book was very hard to put down. What a great find. Both this book and the movie are an Alice in Wonderland trip down the rabbit... ahhh... groundhog hole. Groundhog Day is one of those great timeless classic movies. This is true because Groundhog Day mixes humor with metaphysics in the proper proportion to both entertain and enlighten. I am not a screenwriter. This book is not just for screenwriters. It is a great read for anyone. This book is a fascinating, entertaining, and humorous behind the scenes journey into the mind of a great screenwriter and the making of a classic movie. After reading this book I was compelled to watch the movie again and enjoyed it even more. Here is some of what I liked about the book:

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.
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How to Write Groundhog Day is a brilliant book. It's fascinating for fans of the film and essential for those interested in screenwriting.

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.
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What a great gift to those who love the movie (me) those who wonder about screenwriting (me again) those who are interested in how Hollywood works (yes, me) and those who think Danny Rubin is a God. (so I'm 3 out of 4, not bad). A wonderful, marvelous book. It was not a book that had me, upon finishing, considering poking out my eyes knowing I could never read anything so worthy again. But it was damn good. I loved it.
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If Groundhog Day is a movie you consider fondly, this is the literary equivalent of meeting the characters, investigating their past, finding their inspiration in the author, and continuing the story into parallel universes of fiction. If you are a screenwriter, well, then, you've just come across the most humbling, instructive, and entertaining guide to the craft available in mainstream publication. Get ready to take in the rivers and streams, gulfs and valleys, and the long stretches of nothing that aided the conception of a modern day classic. They spill out for you in all different directions as you read this book, like a map telling you new stories about the place you've walked so many times.
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I am no aspiring screenwriter or filmmaker, but I am a fan of the 1993 movie Groundhog Day. The execution of the simple concept of a man repeating the same day over and over again not only for comedic effects but also seeing the development and change in the main character was done so well. Now with the release of How To Write Groundhog Day, about nineteen years after the movie, by writer Danny Rubin, we get to learn more about the creative process behind the film.

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.
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