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Tales from the Script: 50 Hollywood Screenwriters Share Their Stories Paperback – January 26, 2010
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*Starred Review* Much like The Mailroom (2003), which looked at the wheeling and dealing in Hollywood from the perspectives of power players who came up through agency mailrooms, Tales from the Script offers a comprehensive look at the realities of working as a screenwriter from the perspective of those who have made careers out of writing for the big screen. Editors Hanson and Herman interviewed 50 writers for the book, including William Goldman, Antwone Fisher, and Nora Ephron. The writers offer candid thoughts and anecdotes about everything from breaking into the business to learning how to accept rejection, from finding a niche in the business to dealing with getting fired off a project. In between the writers’ commentary are sections that feature thoughts from others involved in the business, including a contest judge, a development executive, and a therapist. “There is a sense of being in the Old West here—it’s like panning for gold,” writer Steve Koren opines. In all, this overview captures the excitement, frustration, and reality of being a working screenwriter in an accessible and essential volume that aspiring screenwriters will devour. --Kristine Huntley
“Captures the excitement, frustration, and reality of being a working screenwriter in an accessible and essential volume that aspiring screenwriters will devour.” (Booklist (starred review))
“Fascinating tales from the belly of the beast.” (Lawrence Kasdan, Oscar-nominated writer/director of The Big Chill, Wyatt Earp, and Body Heat)
“Tales From the Script gathers notable veterans of the screen wars who demonstrate the basic truth of our adventures in Movieland: Writing is the easy part.” (John Sayles, writer/director of Lone Star and Eight Men Out)
“A must-read for anyone who depends on the screenwriter’s craft. And that’s a lot of us.” (Edward R. Pressman, producer of Wall Street, American Psycho, and Reversal of Fortune)
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I've been out there working for producers and have seen the treatment of writers first hand so I very much related to everything said, described, and related upon.
If you want to be a screenwriter but don't know how Hollywood treats writers (screenwriters that is) and what they are thought of AND what the development process is and what it does to scripts, including how you or any writer may be rewritten by one, two, or twenty writers.
Very insightful, informative, and entertaining, this book is a a great read for any aspiring or working screenwriter whot wants to know what they don't regarding Hollywood's view of us writers. Even if you're working and produced you'll probably enjoy this, because you'll probably be able to relate.
A great variety of talented writers are interviewed and it's an easy, quick, concise, read.
"Tales from the Script" provides thoughtful interviews with an impressively broad group of writers that ranges across a huge number of films from "Alien" and "X-Men" to "Taxi Driver" and "The Shawshank Redemption". The truth behind the curtain is funny and insightful.
It's a shame that the actors and directors steal all of the limelight!