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

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

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By (author) David S Cohen

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 342 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 30mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 10 February 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0061431575
  • ISBN 13: 9780061431579
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 453,984

Product description

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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"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, Vanityfair.com