Screen Plays

Screen Plays : How 25 Scripts Made it to a Theater Near You--for Better or Worse

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Every green-lighted screenplay travels a long and harrowing road from idea to script to celluloid. In this fascinating survey of contemporary film craft, David Cohen of Script and Variety magazines interviews screenwriters from across the board--Oscar winners and novices alike--to explore what sets blockbuster successes apart from downright disasters. Tracing the fortunes of twenty-five films, including Troy, Erin Brockovich, Lost in Translation, and The Aviator, Cohen offers valuable insider access to the back lots and boardrooms, to the studio heads and directors, and to the overcaffeinated screenwriters themselves. Full of critical clues on how to sell a script--and avoid seeing it destroyed before the director calls "Action!"--Screen Plays is a book that both the aspiring screenwriter and curious cinephile will find irresistible.

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  • Paperback | 342 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.52 x 30.48mm | 385.55g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NYUnited States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0061431575
  • 9780061431579
  • 750,160

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"A great read for screenwriters, for anyone with screenwriting ambitions, or for anyone who has sat in a theater wondering, "How did this piece of crap get made?"--Jim Windolf,

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