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Riding the Alligator: Strategies for a Career in Screenplay Writing...and Not Getting Eaten

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Publisher Comments:

A bestseller that is the first artist-friendly screenwriting guide to success by an Oscar nominated Hollywood insider whose productions have grossed more than a billion dollars.

 

Riding the Alligator is different from other screenwriting books in that it takes a non-dogmatic approach to finding your own personal creative process, and shares Pens best kept secrets for selling your creations and yourself.

 

Pen is your own, warm, funny, personal mentor as you read this book.  Actress Robin Wright says: “It is like getting a UC screenwriting course for under $30!!!”. 

 

Pen draws from his own extremely simple breakthrough techniques, shares his inspiring philosophy of finding a personal well of creativity from your inner voice, to overcoming the many challenges in a unique business, managing stress, the real secrets to selling your work, finding the right agent and being true to one's nature to create a lasting and passion filled career.

 

The book is hailed by Hollywood luminaries like Ron Howard, Paul Haggis, Jeff Bridges, Morgan Freeman, as well as heads of major motion picture studios and academics from top film schools including USC, UCLA, NYU and AFI.

 

Also included are short, personal essays by A-List Hollywood scripters such as Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Eric Roth (Forrest Gump), Robin Swicord (Memoirs of a Geisha), Ron Shelton (Bull Durham/White Men Can't Jump), Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island/Avatar), Todd Robinson (White Squall/Phantom), Andrea Berloff (World Trade Center), Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes) and more.

 

Additionally, Pen provides an ‘Instant Library summarizing 10 other popular books on Hollywood, as reviewed by his USC Film Students.

Book News Annotation:

Densham, a successful Hollywood writer, director and producer, presents a genial guide to the vagaries of Hollywood screenwriting. He explores the existential desire to write for the movies and how to nurture it; outlines the basic structure and anatomy of a successful screenplay; and describes the process of networking, selling and developing one's work. He offers suggestions on maintaining creative momentum and exercises for generating it, includes short reflections from a dozen successful writers, and recommends 10 titles to anchor a screenwriter's library. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Pen Densham is an Oscar nominated writer-director-producer active in Hollywood today. Hes produced 16 features and over 300 hours of TV series. He created the story for the revisionist Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and co-wrote and produced the screenplay with his Trilogy Entertainment Group partner, John Watson. He wrote and directed Moll Flanders for MGM, as well as writing and directing Houdini for TNT. Trilogys latest is Phantom (2013).

 

He personally revived both the Twilight Zone and the Outer Limits series to TV.  And is honored to work with talent like Ed Harris, David Duchovny, Jay Baruchel, Jeff Bridges, Bill Murray, Morgan Freeman, Ron Howard, Kevin Costner, Sylvester Stallone, Jodie Foster, Emile Hirsch, Mark Ruffalo, and Robin Wright.

 

Pen also shares his philosophies and techniques at several major academic film institutions like USC and the Canadian Film Center.

Synopsis:

This is the first book that explores both specific screenplay writing techniques, while simultaneously imparting industry-tested strategies for carving out a successful, long term career. Pen Densham reveals his emotional philosophies and professional secrets, plus insights from his company, Trilogy Entertainment Group. Pen imparts an inspiring philosophy on choosing an artistic career and overcoming the many challenges, such as managing stress, to selling yourself and your work, to finding an agent and being true to ones nature, all while creating a lasting and satisfying career.

About the Author

As principal of Trilogy Entertainment Group, Pen Densham is an accomplished writer-director-producer. Pen created the story for the revisionist Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and co-wrote and produced the screenplay with his Trilogy partner John Watson. He wrote and directed Moll Flanders for MGM, as well as writing and directing Houdini for TNT. Pen and Trilogy have produced 14 feature films and worked with talent like Jay Baruchel, Jeff Bridges, Bill Murray, Morgan Freeman, Ron Howard, Kevin Costner, Sylvester Stallone, Norman Jewison, Jodie Foster, Emile Hirsch, Mark Ruffalo, and Robin Wright. Pen is also proud to have personally revived both The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone franchises for their return to television, and was named the 8th most powerful person in Science Fiction by Cinefantastique magazine.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Foreword by Jay Roach

Introduction

    1.            The Golden Rule

    2.            In the Beginning

    3.            We All Have Doubts

    4.            Are My Ideas Any Good?

    5.            How to Structure a Story

    6.            Roles a Star Will Want to Play

    7.            We Can’t have Heroes Without ’em

    8.            Now You Have a First Draft

    9.            Entering the Jungle

  10.            You and Your Story Go For a Ride

  11.            How Do I Survive Until I Get Paid to Write?

  12.            I Made a Sale. I’m in Development?

  13.            Beating the Blues

  14.            Thoughts from Other Screenwriters

  15.            Instant Screenwriting Library

  16.            Inspiration and Explorations

  17.            How do You Measure Passion?

  18.            Famous Last Words

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781932907841
Author:
Densham, Pen
Publisher:
Michael Wiese Productions
Foreword by:
Roach, Jay
Author:
Roach, Jay
Subject:
Motion picture authorship
Subject:
Film & Video - Screenwriting
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Film and Television-Screenwriting
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
20110131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Four b/w photos
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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"Synopsis" by ,

Pen Densham is an Oscar nominated writer-director-producer active in Hollywood today. Hes produced 16 features and over 300 hours of TV series. He created the story for the revisionist Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and co-wrote and produced the screenplay with his Trilogy Entertainment Group partner, John Watson. He wrote and directed Moll Flanders for MGM, as well as writing and directing Houdini for TNT. Trilogys latest is Phantom (2013).

 

He personally revived both the Twilight Zone and the Outer Limits series to TV.  And is honored to work with talent like Ed Harris, David Duchovny, Jay Baruchel, Jeff Bridges, Bill Murray, Morgan Freeman, Ron Howard, Kevin Costner, Sylvester Stallone, Jodie Foster, Emile Hirsch, Mark Ruffalo, and Robin Wright.

 

Pen also shares his philosophies and techniques at several major academic film institutions like USC and the Canadian Film Center.

"Synopsis" by ,
This is the first book that explores both specific screenplay writing techniques, while simultaneously imparting industry-tested strategies for carving out a successful, long term career. Pen Densham reveals his emotional philosophies and professional secrets, plus insights from his company, Trilogy Entertainment Group. Pen imparts an inspiring philosophy on choosing an artistic career and overcoming the many challenges, such as managing stress, to selling yourself and your work, to finding an agent and being true to ones nature, all while creating a lasting and satisfying career.
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