Synopses & Reviews
What choices creative, practical, and technical make a movie what it is? Here a gifted writer and filmmaker takes us behind the camera and provides a full description of the movie-making process. When John Sayles turned from writing fiction to making movies, he did so with little help from Hollywood: Return of the Secaucus Seven
, Sayles's first movie as director and writer, was produced with $60,000 of his own money. Many films later, he still works outside the studio system and guides every phase of his productions.
Now Sayles has written an illuminating book about the complex choices that lie at the heart of every movie. Using the making of his film Matewan as an example, he offers chapters on screenwriting, directing, editing, sound, and more. Photographs, sketches, and the complete shooting script illustrate this engaging account of how Sayles's curiosity about a coal miners' strike in the town of Matewan, West Virginia, became a screenplay and then a movie.
"Thanks to Sayles's honesty this is a rare gem....An exceptional book." Library Journal
"Coming from a writer of fiction, this book is not dryly technological but rather involving and exciting." Publishers Weekly
"John Sayles is in a class by himself." Studs Terkel
The ideal book for anyone who has ever wondered how movies really get made. "A rare gem."-- Library Journal.
About the Author
If the U.S. were to boast one great independent film director, he would be John Sayles, a cult figure among his admirers. Nominated for both an Academy Award for scriptwriting and a National Book Award, Sayles has written screenplays, teleplays, short stories, and novels and has worked as a script doctor for a virtual who's who of Hollywood film and television talent.