Tales from the Script: 50 Hollywood Screenwriters Share Their Stories

Tales from the Script: 50 Hollywood Screenwriters Share Their Stories

by Peter Hanson, Paul Robert Herman
     
 

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Tales from the Script gathers notable veterans of the screen wars who demonstrate the basic truth of our adventures in Movieland: Writing is the easy part.” — John Sayles, writer/director of Lone Star and Eight Men Out

“Fascinating tales from the belly of the beast.” — Lawrence Kasdan,

Overview

Tales from the Script gathers notable veterans of the screen wars who demonstrate the basic truth of our adventures in Movieland: Writing is the easy part.” — John Sayles, writer/director of Lone Star and Eight Men Out

“Fascinating tales from the belly of the beast.” — Lawrence Kasdan, Oscar-nominated writer/director of The Big Chill, Wyatt Earp, and Body Heat

Tales from the Script is an unprecedented collection of exclusive interviews with dozens of Hollywood screenwriters—including industry legends Bruce Joel Rubin, David S. Ward, Nora Ephron, Paul Mazursky, John August, Steven De Souza, and Paul Schrader. In these conversations, they reveal the secrets behind their successes and failures, offer uplifting stories about how faith in their talent has empowered their careers, and share colorful, entertaining anecdotes about popular movie stars and films.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this companion to the documentary of the same name, filmmakers Hanson and Herman distill advice, anecdotes and warnings from 50 screenwriters, including Shane Black (Lethal Weapon), John Carpenter (Halloween), Nora Ephron (Julie & Julia), and William Goldman (The Princess Bride). Divided by topic, the text covers a wide range of issues regarding the notoriously elusive career, including the ins and outs of a first sale; dealing with producers, directors and actors; staying positive and productive in the face of rejection; and the Hollywood system at large. Aspiring screenwriters will instantly recognize most of the bold-faced names, though they won't find much help regarding the mechanics of screenwriting. Anyone who's wondered how their favorite scribe landed her first film job, or what happens behind the headlines of a high-profile spec sale, will find plenty of information, as well as general advice and inspiration.
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Library Journal
Hanson and Herman, screenwriters and producers of a documentary of the same title that was an official selection at the Newport Beach, Palm Springs, and Sonoma film festivals, present a behind-the-scenes look as 50 veteran Hollywood screenwriters who take readers through the whole screenwriting process as they experienced it. This is a quick read that shares a lot of pertinent information from such screenwriters as William Goldman (All the President's Men), Shane Black (Lethal Weapon), and Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver) on what the life of a screenwriter is really like in Hollywood. In another recent book of screenwriters' stories, McGilligan (film, Marquette Univ.; Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light) continues the highly acclaimed "Backstory" series with this more academic look at screenwriting, featuring detailed and personal interviews with screenwriters who made their marks in the 1990s, e.g., Nora Ephron (Sleepless in Seattle), Barry Levinson (Avalon), and Albert Brooks (Mother). VERDICT Anyone with an interest in screenwriting or Hollywood careers will learn a lot of practical information quickly from Tales from the Script. Backstory 5 is a well-documented, detailed, and more academic selection for students and fans of the previous four Backstory books.—Sally Bryant, Pepperdine Univ. Lib., CA
Booklist (starred review)
“Captures the excitement, frustration, and reality of being a working screenwriter in an accessible and essential volume that aspiring screenwriters will devour.”
Lawrence Kasdan
“Fascinating tales from the belly of the beast.”
John Sayles
“Tales From the Script gathers notable veterans of the screen wars who demonstrate the basic truth of our adventures in Movieland: Writing is the easy part.”
Edward R. Pressman
“A must-read for anyone who depends on the screenwriter’s craft. And that’s a lot of us.”
Booklist
"Captures the excitement, frustration, and reality of being a working screenwriter in an accessible and essential volume that aspiring screenwriters will devour."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061988004
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/26/2010
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
File size:
3 MB

What People are saying about this

Edward R. Pressman
“A must-read for anyone who depends on the screenwriter’s craft. And that’s a lot of us.”
John Sayles
“Tales From the Script gathers notable veterans of the screen wars who demonstrate the basic truth of our adventures in Movieland: Writing is the easy part.”
Lawrence Kasdan
“Fascinating tales from the belly of the beast.”

Meet the Author

Michigan native Peter Hanson studied film at New York University and journalism at the University at Albany-SUNY. He is the author of Dalton Trumbo, Hollywood Rebel (a finalist for the Theatre Library Association Award), and The Cinema of Generation X. He directed the documentary feature Every Pixel Tells a Story and the award-winning short Stagehand, and co-wrote the narrative feature The Last Round. His articles have appeared in Script and Written By. He lives in Beverly Hills, California.


Paul Robert Herman graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a degree in psychology. He earned his teaching credentials from the University of Colorado at Boulder, specializing in creative writing and film. After moving to Hollywood, he completed UCLA's Professional Program in Screenwriting. He worked for several years as an assistant producer for an entertainment company in Pacific Palisades before branching off on his own. He has written, directed and produced short films through his multimedia company, Jade Tiger Productions.

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