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Oscar-Winning Screenwriters on Screenwriting: The Award-Winning Best in the Business Discuss Their Craft

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Hollywood?s most respected screenwriters tell intriguing and instructive tales of their successes, failures, aspirations and inspirations in the movie business.

Academy Award?winning movies such as American Beauty, Shakespeare in Love, and Forrest Gump are remembered, long after Oscar® night, for their stellar performances, their breathtaking beauty, and their transcendent scenes. But before any of these films were directed, lit, performed, or edited, they needed to be written. Screenwriting is, arguably, the most important and underrated role in Hollywood.

Now Joel Engel brings together interviews with the best screenwriters working today, each of whom has won an Academy Award for his or her work, and each of whom shares a wealth of knowledge, insight, and experience about this little understood facet of moviemaking. In each essay, writers such as Alan Ball (American Beauty), Eric Roth (Forrest Gump), Marc Norman (Shakespeare in Love), Tom Schulman (Dead Poet?s Society), Kurt Luedtke (Out of Africa), John Irving (The Cider House Rules), and many others explore and explain their craft and technique. Anyone interested in writing, making, or learning about movies will enjoy this behind-the-scenes compilation of wisdom and advice from Hollywood?s natural-born storytellers.

Book News Annotation:

After interviewing 11 screenwriters who have won Oscars, the author edited their thoughts into a series of monologues that are presented in this little book. Each screenwriter recalls the evolution of past projects, and shares his approach to the writing process. No index.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Engel brings together interviews with the best screenwriters working today, each of whom has won an Academy Award for his or her work, and each of whom shares a wealth of knowledge, insight, and experience about this little understood facet of moviemaking.

Synopsis:

Academy Award-winning screenwriters discuss their craft as they offer personal insights and anecdotes about their successes, failures, goals, inspiration, and techniques of writing for film.

About the Author

Joel Engel is an entertainment journalist and a frequent contributor to the New York Times. He is the author of Screenwriters on Screenwriting and several other books. He lives near Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
William Goldman 7
Robert Benton 24
Ron Bass 41
Michael Blake 63
John Irving 81
Tom Schulman 97
Frank Pierson 114
Bo Goldman 132
Marc Norman 147
Alan Ball 164
Stephen Gaghan 184

Product Details

ISBN:
9780786886906
Subtitle:
The Award-Winning Best in the Business Discuss Their Craft
Introduction by:
Robert Towne
Publisher:
Hyperion Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film - Screenwriting
Subject:
Motion picture authorship
Subject:
Screenwriters
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film & Video - Screenwriting
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Publication Date:
February 2002
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
8.08x5.22x.54 in. .39 lbs.

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