Riding the Alligator: Strategies for a Career in Screenplay Writing and Not getting Eaten

Riding the Alligator: Strategies for a Career in Screenplay Writing and Not getting Eaten

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by Pen Densham
     
 

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This is the first book that explores both specific screenplay writing techniques, while simultaneously imparting industry-tested strategies for carving out a successful, long term career. Pen Densham reveals his emotional philosophies and professional secrets, plus insights from his company, Trilogy Entertainment Group. Pen imparts an inspiring philosophy on choosing

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This is the first book that explores both specific screenplay writing techniques, while simultaneously imparting industry-tested strategies for carving out a successful, long term career. Pen Densham reveals his emotional philosophies and professional secrets, plus insights from his company, Trilogy Entertainment Group. Pen imparts an inspiring philosophy on choosing an artistic career and overcoming the many challenges, such as managing stress, to selling yourself and your work, to finding an agent and being true to one’s nature, all while creating a lasting and satisfying career.

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“Pen’s book is unique in that it addresses the entire landscape of movie writing as a career, and most especially encourages artists who write from the heart and strive for originality.” - Ron Howard, Filmmaker
 
“If you’re thinking about writing a screenplay, do yourself a favor and hop on Pen Densham’s Alligator. The ride’s enlightening.” - Jeff Bridges, Oscar winner.
 
“His deep understanding of the screenwriting process is at once inspiring and empowering. ” - Robert Mandel, Dean of AFI 
 
“His words on the creative process are inspiring and useful, and his insight into the business is essential.” - Paul Haggis, Oscar Winning  Filmmaker.
 
“This book would have saved me years! — it's like having a close friend in the business to help guide you through the screenwriting process from idea, to script, to sale, to career.” — Jack Epps, Jr., Chair, Writing for Screen and TV, USC
 
“Pen’s book is wise, encouraging, helpful and kind – everything the business of moviemaking is sometimes not.” - Tom Rothman (recent) Co-Chairman, Fox 
 
“It is one of the few books on the market that comes from a screenwriter who has actually been in the trenches.” - Philip Taylor, writer/professor - Journal of Film and Video - UFVA 2013
 
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781615930692
Publisher:
Wiese, Michael Productions
Publication date:
04/06/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
278
Sales rank:
691,674
File size:
825 KB

Meet the Author

Pen Densham is an Oscar nominated writer-director-producer active in Hollywood today. He’s produced 16 features and over 300 hours of TV series. He created the story for the revisionist Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and co-wrote and produced the screenplay with his Trilogy Entertainment Group partner, John Watson. He wrote and directed Moll Flanders for MGM, as well as writing and directing Houdini for TNT. Trilogy’s latest is Phantom (2013).
 
He personally revived both the Twilight Zone and the Outer Limits series to TV.  And is honored to work with talent like Ed Harris, David Duchovny, Jay Baruchel, Jeff Bridges, Bill Murray, Morgan Freeman, Ron Howard, Kevin Costner, Sylvester Stallone, Jodie Foster, Emile Hirsch, Mark Ruffalo, and Robin Wright.
 
Pen also shares his philosophies and techniques at several major academic film institutions like USC and the Canadian Film Center.

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Riding the Alligator: Strategies for a Career in Screenplay Writing and Not getting Eaten 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Although Pen Densham provides his readers with a really nice map for writing a script, Riding the Alligator is not just a step-by-step guide to screenplay writing. In this straight-from-the-heart account of his Hollywood writing career, Densham openly shares his experiences, his feelings about them, and tactics for surviving the life. As he introduces us to a career based on selling our stories for their celluloid value, he gently takes us under his wing, mother-henning us through the potential trials and tribulations we are sure to face as we set out on our adventure in his world. He introduces us to other screenwriters, reviews ten good books on screenwriting, and gives us a character development worksheet to inspire us and help us get started. But Densham's book is a marvelous read for anyone wanting a career in any kind of writing; indeed much of what he has to say can apply to any kind of career. The best thing about his book is that I come away feeling as if he is my personal friend and mentor.