From Script to Screen: The Collaborative Art of Filmmaking

Overview

In interviews with over 70 of the top professionals in the film industry, Seger and Whetmore examine each artist's role in making a great script into a great film. Along the way, you will meet the industry's leading writers, directors, producers, actors, editors, composers, and others behind the scenes. From their unique vantage points, personalities as diverse as Oliver Stone, Russell Crowe and Robin Williams reveal the alchemy they use to bring great stories to life. ...
See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (33) from $1.99   
  • New (1) from $45.00   
  • Used (32) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$45.00
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(146)

Condition:

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.

New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

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

Overview

In interviews with over 70 of the top professionals in the film industry, Seger and Whetmore examine each artist's role in making a great script into a great film. Along the way, you will meet the industry's leading writers, directors, producers, actors, editors, composers, and others behind the scenes. From their unique vantage points, personalities as diverse as Oliver Stone, Russell Crowe and Robin Williams reveal the alchemy they use to bring great stories to life.

A unique focus on filmmaking, as seen through the eyes of many of film's best-known artists. Among those who granted the authors exclusive interviews for this book are Oliver Stone, Barry Levinson, Ridley Scott, Norman Jewison, Lawrence Kasdan, Robin Williams, Henry Mancini, and John Lithgow. Photos.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Script consultant Seger and communications professor Whetmore provide an up-to-date look at the gradual process of moviemaking, using recent screenplays to illustrate their lessons. Brimming with the observations of top-drawer movie mavens like Peter Weir (Witness), David Puttnam (Midnight Express) and the late production designer Ferdinando Scarfiotti (The Last Emperor), the book devotes chapters to each element of making films, from the idea to make the movie (which ideally, says Tootsie writer Larry Gelbart, is "something you absolutely have to do" once the idea enters your mind) to composing the music, which is done when the film is completed and must reflect itsthemes. Along the way, there are nice surprises, like the breakdowns on what an actor's research entails (e.g., Jack Nicholson expounds on taking on the "huge mountain" of Jimmy Hoffa in 1992's Hoffa) and the particulars of special effects, such as the pigeons that don't fly away when they're let out of a cage in A Beautiful Mind. Moreover, the book features a case study of the elements of that Oscar-winning Ron Howard film. Even critics will be interested to learn of the efforts involved in trying to present the complex subject of schizophrenia with intelligence and respect. While the book is aimed at nonveteran film practitioners, it's engrossing enough for any film buff who wants to know more than what Premiere can tell them. (Dec. 15) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Though film scholars tend to lionize directors as the geniuses solely responsible for the creation of films, moviemaking is a collaborative process, demanding the skill and creativity of actors, writers, costume designers, makeup artists, sound technicians, and others. Based on interviews with 60 talented people, some well known (e.g., Oliver Stone, Robin Williams), this book traces the evolution of a film from idea to finished product, with special attention paid to the making of Dead Poets Society (1989). Though this may sound like a picky, dull approach, it isn't. Movie buffs will enjoy the behind-the-scenes stories of the making of films such as Dances with Wolves (1990) and JFK (1991), while film scholars will gain a new understanding of the process of moviemaking and learn to regard the ``auteur'' theory with rightful suspicion. A quick, fun read that's also full of valuable information. Recommended.-- David C. Tucker, DeKalb Cty. P.L., Decatur, Ga.
School Library Journal
YA-Using recent motion-picture releases as examples, this book provides a blow-by-blow description of the filmmaking process, including how much control a producer exerts over a project, under what conditions the first scriptwriter should be fired, and how actors' improvisation often enhances a work. What emerges is a portrait of the fluidity of the filmmaking process, and a discussion of its shortcomings as well as its benefits from the viewpoints of the principals involved. This title shows that movies are truly a collaborative art form.
Booknews
Captures some of the creative muse involved in filmmaking. Based on some 60 interviews with a variety of filmmaking professionals, the focus here lies chiefly, though not exclusively, with the creation of the film Dead Poets Society. Interviews with actor Robin Williams and director Peter Weir provide personal insight and a concrete sense of how filmmaking is a collaborative effort. In so doing, the authors attain the sought after, but rarely achieved, behind-the-scenes feeling to their work. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805023039
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/1994
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 5.47 (w) x 8.19 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Sneak Preview: The Magnificient Risk-Takers
Doing the Write Thing 1
Close-Up The Writer: Akiva Goldsman 27
The Producer and the Long Run 32
Close-Up The Producers: Brian Gazer, Ron Howard and Karen Kehela 54
The Director: From Vision to Action 60
Close-Up The Director: Ron Howard 89
The Actor and "The Kindness of Strangers" 94
Close-Up The Actors: Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly 131
Behind the Scences: Collaboration by Design 136
Close-Up The Production Designer: Wynn Thomas 167
Close-Up Director of Photography: Roger Deakins 170
Close-Up Makeup: Greg Cannon 172
Close-Up Special Effects: Kevin Mac 172
The Editor: A Way of Seeing 174
Close-UP The Editors Mike Hill and Dan Hanley 197
The Composer: Invisible Bridges 201
Close-Up The Composer: James Horner 218
The Last Collaborator 223
Sources 229
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

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

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

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

Reminder:

  • - 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

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