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Letters to aspiring directors, producers, screenwriters, and other creatives from one of the world’s leading teachers of film. Suber emphasizes that what is required of a professional in the world of film is not just technique, but an understanding and ability to deal with the realities of how films get made.

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About the Author

If anyone can be called the “Yoda” of filming, it’s Howard Suber. For 46 years, Howard Suber has taught generations of screenwriters, directors, producers, and film scholars at UCLA’s celebrated film school, and his former students are today creating films and television programs and teaching film studies throughout the world.

He created and for many years chaired UCLA’s current Film and Television Producers Program, which is focused on the realities of the modern film and television industries. He has team-taught with, or brought into the Producers Program, many of the most important movie studio heads, agents, producers, lawyers, and executives in the industry.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615930639
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615930630
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,047,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book has made impact on my life. I have a hard time to know where to start, but let me put it this way:
1 - READ THIS BOOK. You will not regret it - No matter who you are.
2 - Try to understand the concept of Fate and Destiny - It has completely changed my life.

So many "secrets" of Hollywood or the film industry revealed. Secrets about becoming successful and happy. As an example, I want to share a quote from the book - The last paragraph in chapter Rules vs. Principles. It's simple in a way that makes me embarrassed I never thought of it:

"Filmmakers need to figure out which things are principles, which are rules, and which are merely matters of etiquette. Those who break rules tend to acquire fame and glory, while those who violate principles are likely to never understand why they don't succeed."
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As an aspiring screenwriter, I've read too many books on the subject, even books that aren't directly about it. This book is not limited to screenwriting, however, but to any major entity in the business so to speak. If you're reading this review, then I'm assuming you're one of us...one of us...one of us...

Anyway, do yourself a favor and buy this book. This is NOT a how to book. This is zen-like, philosophical book that offers advice on how to survive the cruel, cruel world that is known as Hollywood. Think of Phil Jackson writing a book on basketball (oh wait, he did) and there you have it. If you're looking for a magic pill that will win the big fight, I'm sorry, it doesn't exist. But if you wanna learn how to throw a punch (or dodge one!), check this book out.
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Talk about a dose of reality on every page. I love this book. One of my favorites so far is how he explains why screenwriters are treated like crap and his explanation is right on the money and I never looked at it that way before. Other topics of discussion are about creativity, character, pitching, Hollywood, Agents, and more and more and more. Trust me this is unlike any book on film you will ever read. No other book will be this honest, so honest that it will blow away some of the misconceived ideas you may have about the industry.
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Howard is one of the great minds in filmmaking. His insights into our business are not only true, but useful. Many books will attempt to tell you "how to" but this book gives examples that help you figure out your own path through the business. No one else's road will lead you where you need to go. Instead this great book shows you the lay of the land so that you can make the least amount of missteps along the way. From now on, when anyone asks me about getting into the movie business I will be directing them to this book!
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Howard Suber's book offers the most wise advice on getting into and surviving Hollywood that I've ever read. He takes the worries and wonders of every young filmmaker and divvies out answers in bite-sized, intelligent, and often humorous responses.
Suber does not offer just a how-to book about film and "the biz," he gives us an eloquent and thoughtful hand to hold, making us just a little wiser as we weather this crazy dream of filmmaking.
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Howard Suber has done it again. If his Power of Film was intelligent and provocative, then Letters is that and more.
Elegant and compassionate, this book is more than about making film. It's about being, and being creative in anything. Suber's voice and heart come through clear and strong. And his far-ranging intelligence is a joy. He seems to know more about psychology--and how to apply it's concepts meaningfully and directly--than most psychologists I know. He's simply excellent in labeling the links of theory and practical product, and then connecting them. No small feat.
This book is a must read. And a must re-read. There's more here than meets the eye. It's well-crafted, and crafty, inviting you to pull more and more threads to expose new paths and newer insights. It's evocative on so many levels, not only filmmaking. Brilliant.
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This is by far the most instructive, insightful book about filmmaking I have read in a long time. Most importantly, it is full of PRACTICAL advice and tips which keep the reader on a solid and realistic foundation in an industry which is founded on fantasy, fiction and the impossible i.e. getting a motion picture financed and produced.
It's a great read and not didactic or full of hubris in the way so many books about filmmaking are. Suber tells inexperienced filmmakers how to maintain the integrity of their dreams, their careers, their lives as they practice and make strides in their craft. It's just a very, very good book about succeeding in a very, very difficult industry.

Jeffrey M. Freedman
Screenwriter 'Vivaldi'
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Howard Suber has taught generations of screenwriters, directors, producers, animators, and film scholars at UCLA's celebrated film school and his former students are today creating films and television programs. During his 46 years at UCLA, Suber has taught over sixty-five different courses in film and television. He created and chaired UCLA's current film and television Producer's Program and is author of The Power of Film. In his new book, Letters To Young Filmmakers: Creativity & Getting Your Films Made (Michael Wiese Productions 2011), you will learn the answers to the questions that arise in the process of becoming a professional filmmaker.

While most filmmakers spend only a fraction of their lives actually creating films, they spend far more time trying to get their films made. Howard explains the difference between being active and engaging in effective actions, making you more aware, so you can produce results. He helps you to distinguish between motivations (internal), where a person is coming from, and objectives/goals (external), where a person is going.

He shares a strategic concept called Triangulation and shows you how to use it to get around challenges and obstacles that arise, when trying to get your films made; he gives a great example from the process involved in getting Gorillas In The Mist made, where most producers would've walked away, this producer took the high road and succeeded.

Howard discusses where inspiration comes from, how we connect to creativity, and what creative people experience, when they're completely into their work. You'll learn how great stories are created the way great wines are.
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