3 Screenplays in Search of a Lens: Money-Making Scripts That Weren't Produced


How To Succeed in Hollywood Without Being Produced. Three screenplays that made it to the bank, but not to the screen.
Read More Show Less
... See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (1) from $58.23   
  • New (1) from $58.23   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
Seller since 2011

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

Brand new and unread! Join our growing list of satisfied customers!

Ships from: Phoenix, MD

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by
Sending request ...


How To Succeed in Hollywood Without Being Produced. Three screenplays that made it to the bank, but not to the screen.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595120673
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Pages: 485
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: They Were All Successful ix
American Mythic 3
Unknown Causes 179
Psyche 327
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2001

    Superb Stories and Lessons Learned

    These stories are superb, and should have been produced. Each is well written, and in the case of American Psyche, very suspenseful. Mr. Taylor's Introduction is also illuminating. His admonishment that 'you get what you pay for' and 'if you're any good, you will be ripped off' are good advice for hopeful writers. Very well done!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2001

    Insider's View and Three Great Screenplays

    '3 Screenplays In Search of a Lens' was recommended by a friend of mine who is also a struggling screenwriter. Having just finished it, I can say that the forward alone is worth the price of admission. Taylor, a money-making screenwriter, carefully details all the dead ends, scams and runarounds which he experienced at the hands of Hollywood film companies, producers, wannabes and rip-off artists before finally selling a screenplay. Every aspiring screenwriter should read this book--it will save you years of wasted time. Taylor candidly shares his disappointments before treating us to his successes: three oft-optioned but unproduced screenplays which are text-book studies in powerful, economical screenwriting. 'Unknown Causes' is a Rockford-style mystery with a journalist-hero in search of who (or what) is responsible for a series of eerie cattle mutilations. 'Psyche' pits a a deeply troubled female news-anchor and a reluctant, burned-out psychic against a superhuman serial killer. Creepy Lecter-like dialogue and compelling action sequences keep this thriller careening toward a shocking revelation. My personal favorite however is 'American Mythic'--a rousing western and homage to the classic John Ford cavalry films. Disguised as a straight-forward adventure story, this deep and affecting screenplay awakens us to the often-ignored damage wrought by imperialism. On a much more profound level however, 'American Mythic' celebrates the nearly-forgotten attributes which made America great: loyalty, family bonds, accountability, courage, and heroism--qualities that seem so distantly ingrained in our basic tapestry that they seem fresh and newly inspiring in Taylor1s expert hands. Three tales well-told and an insider's look at how Hollywood works. This book belongs in every writer's library!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2001

    It's Like Going To A Triple Feature That Never Was

    I actually didn¿t buy this book, but I¿m going to. It was loaned to me by a friend. I¿ve purchased other books containing produced scripts, and I¿ve downloaded them from the internet, but this was the first time that I got a chance to read screenplays that were successful enough for a production company to pay for, but weren¿t produced for some reason. Richard Taylor, the author, is not a big-name screenwriter, as he points out in his foreward. He¿s very experienced in the way Hollywood works, though, and he tells a number of stories about his experiences that I found enlightening. He answers the one question I¿ve heard aspiring screenwriters ask the most, about having material stolen. He¿s had several screenplays ripped off and provides advice about what to do when that happens. He also throws in a little philosophy about it, too. Of the three screenplays, I liked American Mythic the best. It¿s better than most of the produced screenplays I¿ve read. Actually, on second thought, it¿s the best script I¿ve ever read. Psyche has a great beginning and some good moments, although it lacks enough action for today¿s audiences. It¿s a little too people-oriented. Unknown Causes shows its television pilot origins. The author says that Unknown Causes was ripped off for a major feature film, but he only hints about which movie that was. If you¿re a screenwriter want-to-be, or someone with a casual interest in writing scripts or in Hollywood itself, then I¿d say it's a must buy

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)