Pieces of April: The Shooting Script

Pieces of April: The Shooting Script

by Peter Hedges
     
 

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Written over a period of three years, picked upand shut down three times before it wasfinally "greenlit," Pieces of April became aSundance Film Festival 2003 favorite, capturingthe attention of critics, festival moviegoers, and arecord sale to distributor United Artists. Markingthe directorial debut of Oscar®-nominatedscreenwriter and novelist Peter

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Written over a period of three years, picked upand shut down three times before it wasfinally "greenlit," Pieces of April became aSundance Film Festival 2003 favorite, capturingthe attention of critics, festival moviegoers, and arecord sale to distributor United Artists. Markingthe directorial debut of Oscar®-nominatedscreenwriter and novelist Peter Hedges, the moviestars Katie Holmes, Patricia Clarkson, and DerekLuke, with Sean Hayes and Oliver Platt.

A poignant and funny film about a day in thelife of a family trying to create new memoriesand make peace with the old, the acclaimed,independent film was shot in 16 days, mainly inNew York City's Lower East Side. The story centerson 21-year-old April Burns, who has neverbeen on good terms with her mother and is convincedby her boyfriend to host the familyThanksgiving dinner. While April discovers heroven is broken and seeks neighbors to help, theBurns family drives toward the city recountingApril's failures. Although his wife persists inundermining his plans, April's father is determinedto create a bonding experience for thefamily, including April's perfect-daughter sister,younger brother, and forgetful grandmother.

In the esteemed Newmarket ShootingScript® Series format, Hedges includes an introductionand scene notes, written exclusively forthis edition, as well as the complete shootingscript, his original opening of the screenplay, stills,and cast and crew credits. Also featured is aninsightful conversation with Hedges on his acting,playwriting, and film career.

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Each entry in the "Shooting Script" series includes the final version of the screenplay along with a handful of photos, an interview with the writer, and other goodies in a reasonably priced paperback. Big Fish, of course, was adapted from Daniel Wallace's novel of the same name; Pieces of April comes from the novelist/screenwriter of What's Eating Gilbert Grape. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557046048
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/10/2003
Series:
Newmarket Shooting Script Series
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)

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