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Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can, Too! Paperback – July 3, 2012
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"These guys are proof that with no training and little education, ANYONE can make it as a screenwriter."
"These guys probably ripped off everything in this book just like they do in all their screenplays. That would explain why it's actually kind of good."
"These two guys are the reason Night at the Museum won so many Oscars"
"Tom and Ben's valuable insight into writing for a Volkswagen bug and creating the 'Lawrence of Arabia of Ping Pong films' make this book far more informative to the young dramatist than the vastly over-rated 'Aristotle's Poetics.'"
--Jonathan Glickman, Film Producer, President of MGM, Motion Picture Group
"Some screenwriters have a knack for capturing the heart and soul of characters, the nuance of themes, the richness of the human experience. And some are like Tom and Ben."
--Shawn Levy, Film Director & Producer
"Tom and Ben are two of the writers currently working in Hollywood. I can add they make a 'profit' on each of their writing jobs, as I believe they have very little overhead. Therefore, they are clearly qualified to write this book. Having not read it, I can tell you that it is uproariously funny, perhaps the best book on writing ever."
--Zak Penn, Film Screenwriter & Director
"Ben and Tom are a great fit for me. I love working with talented writers and then telling people everything was my idea. This is a great book, that I pitched to them a while back... I'm thrilled that they finally got around to writing it."
About the Author
Thomas Lennon attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where he co-founded the influential sketch comedy group The State. He and Ben Garant have written nine feature films together, including: Night at the Museum, Taxi, Reno 911!: Miami, Balls of Fury, and The Pacifier. Tom has also appeared as an actor in numerous films. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, the actress Jenny Robertson and his son, Oliver.
Robert Ben Garant spent the early nineties in New York, with the comedy group The State on MTV. He and Tom Lennon then created two more hit shows on Comedy Central: Viva Variety and Reno 911! Since relocating to Los Angeles, hes written films for Disney, Spyglass, Imagine, Warner Brothers, Columbia, Paramount, New Line, Dimension, and Universal Pictures. Please visit WritingMoviesForFunandProfit.com.
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Entertaining to read, and insightful to say the least. Read it in two days and even went back to reread some of it before lending it out. I'm actually going to read it again upon return.
But to sum it up: What to expect as far as treatment of you as a writer in the big wheel. Why some good scripts turn bad, and write 'Die Hard'. Oh, and some good places they recommend you try out when you make it.
I cannot attest as to if the book is dead on, as I have yet to write my first screen play and therefore do not rise to the level of struggling writer yet. I will work on it and update you.
While you may not like or even HATE their work as writers, you have to respect the fact that they've made a pile of cash in the industry. If you're an artistic visionary looking to change cinema as we know it...this book is absolutely not for you. Personally, I'm a comedy writer interested in high concept ideas, so the tips in the books were very helpful. They also have great stories from their time spent in Hollywood.
Did this book change my life as a writer? Nope. Will I refer to this book in the future when I'm in meetings and trying to get the ol' career going? Yes. Is this book a fun read? YES.