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Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can, Too!

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

    I'll Drink To That

    A wonderful fun read. In fact I'm drinking right now. (Reading it.)

    <3 lol

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

    Not a useful writing book, but still entertaining

    It's a good thing this book is so funny. Apart from that, it's the worst written book about writing I have ever read. If you're a fan of Hollywood lore and behind the scenes anecdotes, you'll find it reasonably entertaining. If you're looking for solid guidance on the craft of storytelling, you may be disappointed. PROS: * Loaded with interesting details about the movie business and how it works. * Funny. * The authors are genuinely accomplished screenwriters, so they have a certain level of experience and expertise (and make merciless fun of writing mavens who have no track record). CONS: * Little information about how to actually write a movie. * Horrible copy editing, some of which must reflect bad writing. It's a disorganized mess. I'd be shocked if the print version has as many typos and formatting glitches as the ebook. * The authors claim that movies have become so bad because of elements of the process they don't like. But the book demonstrates that movies are bad because of elements the authors embrace and urge the reader to emulate.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    Funny and Informational!

    I should start by mentioning that I have no interest in writing a screenplay. I do however love The State, Viva Variety, and Reno 911!, so I was very familiar with the authors of this book. Naturally I was dying to read it. It was everything I expected and more. There was tons of humor mixed with some really useful information. My favorite section was probably the chapter on determining if you had made it in Hollywood by where the different studios sent you to park.

    Through all the humor, you get a real sense of passion for writing. They don't just do this for money; they write because they feel compelled to. They go through their process of writing an outline, pitching to studios, and then writing the screenplay. There is also a lot of useful information about how the studio system works and what to expect from the entire movie making process. I also learned a lot about all the different writing and production credits and the arbitration system with the writing guild. It's all very complex and fascinating.

    Clearly if you are interested in writing screenplays, there is a lot of useful information here. Even for us non-writers though, there is so much stuff to learn from this book. Naturally, it's all relayed with tons of humor. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I would recommend it to anyone with even a passing interest in movies. It is sure to entertain!

    Galley provided by publisher for review.

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