Get Your Hero Up a Tree: How to Write a Movie (That Doesn't Stink)
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About the Author
"Mark Achtenberg's book is a common sense, accessible approach to screenwriting, aimed at students and "young" writers. Written by a writer and teacher who is also an excellent picture editor, the book is filled with practical insights and approaches, based on examples of real films that students will know. It gives the writer a number of choices and the reasons behind them to consider in her or his own original work and does so in a way that encourages the writer to stay true to the passion of the idea and discourages a formulaic 'one way' approach."
- Lawrence Mirkin, producer on Fraggle Rock and the Jim Henson Hour
How to write with moving pictures has often been shrouded in a fog of conflicting advice. Get Your Hero Up A Tree looks clearly through to the heart of what is necessary. Follow Mark's advice and never get lost. It makes a fuck of a lot more sense than anything Robert McKee ever blabbered on about.
- Robert Mills, writer, director, founder of Radical Sheep Productions
From diverse sources, Mark connects the dots from literature to film language and wraps it all in an entertaining way. This book is an accessible resource showing his talent for contemporizing and synthesizing writing techniques for the writer, screenwriter, and filmmaker in us all.
-James Caswell - Professor, Story and Storyboarding at the Sheridan College Animation program