Write Screenplays that Sell - the Ackerman Way

Write Screenplays that Sell - the Ackerman Way

by Hal Ackerman
     
 

You don’t have to attend film school to take a screenwriting course with the master teacher in the field – it’s all in his book! Meet Hal Ackerman, up close and personal, just as hundreds of his students have known him through the years.

Over the last decade, dozens of screenplays written in his classes have been sold and several have…  See more details below

Overview

You don’t have to attend film school to take a screenwriting course with the master teacher in the field – it’s all in his book! Meet Hal Ackerman, up close and personal, just as hundreds of his students have known him through the years.

Over the last decade, dozens of screenplays written in his classes have been sold and several have become feature films, including ones starring Tom Hanks, Hilary Swank, Gwyneth Paltrow, Christopher Walken, Angelina Jolie and Diane Lane. Many other student scripts have dominated major screenwriting competitions.

With this book, every professional writer gets a lifetime collaborator and every aspiring writer has a teacher in residence on his or her shelf.

“A must read for screen- writers at all stages of their professional development.”
–Creative Screenwriting

“Exceptional.” “Excellent.”
–Scr(i)pt Magazine

“…will become one of the more popular screenwriting bibles out there.”
–Screentalk Magazine

“If there's a better and more helpful book on screenwriting, it is yet to be written.” –Leonard B. Stern, Former Chairman of American Film Institute, Film and Television Development Department

PEOPLE WHO SWEAR BY THIS BOOK:

Sacha Gervasi (The Big Tease, The Terminal (starring Tom Hanks and directed by Steven Spielberg) and Henry’s Crime. He has added directing to his resume with Anvil: The Story of Anvil, My Dinner with Herve and Hitchcock starring Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, and Scarlett Johansson)

Pamela Gray (Conviction, starring Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell; Music of the Heart, which earned Meryl Streep and Oscar nomination and A Walk on the Moon, starring Diane Lane and Viggo Mortensen and produced by Dustin Hoffman. Entertainment Weekly rated the film #9 on their list of the "50 Sexiest Movies of All Time.")

Scott Kosar (The Machinist; The Amityville Horror; Texas Chainsaw Massacre)

Nick Griffin (Matchstick Men starring Nicholas Cage)

Phillip Railsback (Flash of Genius; The Stars Fell on Henrietta produced by Clint Eastwood)

Scott Rosenberg (High Fidelity; Con Air; Gone in 60 Seconds; October Road; Life on Mars and Pain and Gain (2013) starring Mark Wahlberg and Ed Harris)

Jennifer O'Kieffe (Sex and Sylvia Plath)

Felicia Henderson (Soul Food; Gossip Girl; Fringe)

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Editorial Reviews

Creative Screenwriting
“A must read for screen- writers at all stages of their professional development.”
Scr(i)pt Magazine
“Exceptional.” “Excellent.”
Screentalk Magazine
“…will become one of the more popular screenwriting bibles out there.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014882132
Publisher:
Tallfellow Press
Publication date:
08/16/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
296
File size:
697 KB

Meet the Author

Hal Ackerman has been on the faculty of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television since 1985 and is currently co-area head of the screenwriting program.
He has had numerous short stories published in literary journals including North Dakota Review, New Millennium Writings, Southeast Review, The Pinch and The Yalobusha Review. Roof Garden won the Warren Adler 2008 award for fiction and his Alfalfa was included in the anthology, I Wanna Be Sedated…30 Writers on Parenting Teenagers.
His short story THE DANCER HORSE received a Pushcart Nomination in 2011. Belle and Melinda was just named the world’s best short-short story of 2012 by Southeast review
TESTOSTERONE: How Prostate Cancer Made a Man of Me was the recipient of the William Saroyan Centennial Prize for drama. Under its new title, PRICK, it won BEST SCRIPT at the 2011 United Solo Festival
His first novel, STEIN, STONED (Tyrus Books) came out in 2010. STEIN, STUNG has just been published and is available on Amazon and at bookstores.

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