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Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can, Too!by Thomas Lennon
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Finally, a guide to screenwriting by two guys who have actually done it (instead of some schmuck who just gives lectures about screenwriting at the airport Marriott).
Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennons movies have made over a billion dollars at the box office— and now they show you how to do it yourself! This book is full of secret insider information about how to conquer the Hollywood studio system: how to write, pitch, structure, and get drunk with the best of them. Well . . . maybe not the best of them, but certainly the most successful. (If youre aiming to win an Oscar, this is not the book for you!) But if you can type a little, and can read and speak English—then you too can start turning your words into $TACK$ OF MONEY!
This is the only screenwriting book you will ever need. Because all other ones pretty much suck. In these pages, Garant and Lennon provide the kind of priceless tips you wont find anywhere else, including:
• THE ART OF PITCHING
• GETTING YOUR FOOT IN THE DOOR
• TAKING NOTES FROM MOVIE STARS
• HOW TO GET FIRED AND REHIRED
• HOW TO GET CREDIT AND ROYALTIES!
AND MOST IMPORTANT: WHAT TO BUY WITH THE HUGE PILES OF MONEY YOURE GOING TO MAKE!
Writing Movies for Fun and Profit will take you through the highs and lows of life as a professional screenwriter. From the highs of hugging Gisele Bündchen and getting kung fu punched by Jackie Chan to the soul-crushing lows of Herbie: Fully Loaded.
READ THIS BOOK—and youll have everything you need to make your first billion the old-fashioned way—by “selling out” in show business!
A portion of the authors proceeds from this book are being contributed to the USO of Metropolitan Washington, a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to serving active duty military members and their families in the greater Washington, D.C., region.
“A hilarious and helpful insider’s guide to launching a successful writing career in Hollywood…The only compass readers will ever need to navigate the treacherous waters of filmmaking” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).
Full of juicy insider knowledge as well as practical information that from the front lines, Writing Movies for Fun and Profit is a unique survival guide to conquering the Hollywood studio system. The authors have weathered script development with high-level movie executives and are ready to pull the curtain back on the most hare-brained and egotistical “notes” they’ve ever received and what it feels like to have written Herbie Fully Loaded. They cover everything from the art of the pitch to the art of “nodding,” as well as explain the ins and outs of dealing with naysayers.
This is not some highfalutin screenwriting guide to help aspiring writers “crack” their story. This book is not about screenwriting “theory.” These are the adventures (and misadventures) of two guys who’ve made it. And, in Writing Movies for Fun and Profit they reveal how you can do it, too.
About the Author
Thomas Lennon attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where he co-founded the influential sketch comedy group The State. He and Ben Garant have written nine feature films together, including: Night at the Museum, Taxi, Reno 911!: Miami, Balls of Fury, and The Pacifier. Tom has also appeared as an actor in numerous films. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, the actress Jenny Robertson and his son, Oliver.
Robert Ben Garant spent the early nineties in New York, with the comedy group The State on MTV. He and Tom Lennon then created two more hit shows on Comedy Central: Viva Variety and Reno 911! Since relocating to Los Angeles, he’s written films for Disney, Spyglass, Imagine, Warner Brothers, Columbia, Paramount, New Line, Dimension, and Universal Pictures. Please visit WritingMoviesForFunandProfit.com.
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