A great gift idea for screenwriters: An unprecedented collection of exclusive interviews with Hollywood screenwriters, who 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 our favorite stars and films.
Discover the secrets of Hollywood storytelling in this fascinating collection, in which fifty screenwriters share the inside scoop about how they surmounted incredible odds to break into the business...how they transformed their ideas into box office blockbusters...how their words helped launch the careers of major stars...how they earned accolades and Academy Awards(TM)...and how their careers affected their lives.
Entertaining, informative, and sometimes startling, Tales from the Script features exclusive interviews with film's top wordsmiths--Shane Black (Lethal Weapon), John Carpenter (Halloween), Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption), Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally...), William Goldman (The Princess Bride), Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver), John August (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), David Hayter (Watchmen), Bruce Joel Rubin (Ghost), and dozens of others.
Tales from the Script is a must for movie buffs who savor behind-the-scenes stories--and a master class for all those who dream of writing the Great American Screenplay, taught by those who made that dream come true.
About the Author
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.
Peter Hanson is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Denver and a former staff member in the office of Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD). He has been interviewed by national and international media organizations, including the BBC, Agence France-Presse, the New York Times online's 'FiveThirtyEight' blog, USA Today, Minnesota Public Radio, Colorado Public Radio, Rocky Mountain PBS, and the Denver Post. He co-led the University of Denver's 'Colorado Voter Poll' in 2012.
"A must-read for anyone who depends on the screenwriter's craft. And that's a lot of us."--Edward R. Pressman, producer of Wall Street, American Psycho, and Reversal of Fortune
"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 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
"Captures the excitement, frustration, and reality of being a working screenwriter in an accessible and essential volume that aspiring screenwriters will devour."--Booklist (starred review)