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Screen Plays: How 25 Screenplays 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.

About the Author

David S. Cohen is an entertainment and business reporter as well as a writer and producer for film and television. During his thirty years in show business, he has acted and directed off-off Broadway plays, scripted television documentaries, and written for the syndicated series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. As a reporter, he has covered screenwriting, visual effects, and film production for Variety and Script magazines for more than a decade. He lives with his wife in Los Angeles.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061431579
Author:
Cohen, David S
Publisher:
Harper Paperbacks
Author:
Cohen, David S.
Author:
by David S. Cohen
Author:
vid S.
Author:
Cohen, Da
Subject:
Motion picture authorship
Subject:
Motion pictures
Subject:
Film & Video - Guides & Reviews
Subject:
Film & Video - Screenwriting
Subject:
Business Aspects
Subject:
Motion pictures -- United States.
Subject:
Film - Screenwriting
Subject:
Film and Television-Screenwriting
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20090231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.88 in 12.88 oz

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