ñ Screenwriters on Screenwriting × Download by ☆ Joel Engel good This book is from 1995 but is still interesting and relevent in terms of present day screenwriting Great way to immerse yourself in the way screenwriters think about film and the different things that inspire their creativity.
Also, a surprisingly honest account of the struggle of things of clashes with actors and being rewritten Felt real rather than lots of screenwriting books that try hard not to offend anyone This one offered something real.
Before Any Lights, Camera, Or Action, There S The Script Arguably The Most Important Single Element In Filmmaking, And Screenwriters On Screen Writing Introduces The Men And Women Responsible For The Screenplays That Have Produced Some Of The Most Successful And Acclaimed Films In Hollywood History In Each Interview, Not Only Do The Writers Explore The Craft And Technique Of Creating A Filmic Blueprint, But They Recount The Colorful Tales Of Coming Up In The Ranks Of The Movie Business And Of Bringing Their Stories To The Screen, In A Way That Only Natural Born Storytellers Such As Themselves Can These And Other Screenwriters Have Garnered The Attention Of The Movie Going Population Not Only With Their Words, But With Headlines Announcing The Sales Of Their Scripts For Hundreds Of Thousands And Sometimes Millions Of Dollars Anyone Interested In Writing, Making, Or Learning About Movies Will Enjoy Reading This Fascinating Behind The Scenes Compendium That Brings Together Some Of The Most Prominent And Talented Screenwriters In Modern Day Filmmaking Screenwriters Interviewed Include Bruce Joel Rubin Ghost , Ernest Lehman North By Northwest, Who S Afraid Of Virginia Woolf, Amy Holden Jones Indecent Proposal , Ted Tally The Silence Of The Lambs , Horton Foote To Kill A Mockingbird, Tender Mercies , Andrew Bergman The In Laws , Caroline Thompson Edward Scissorhands , Richard LaGravenese The Fisher King , And Robert Towne Chinatown, Shampoo I really enjoyed this book, and found it to be both informative and easy to read Several of the writers interviewed did not appeal to me personally, and this is the only reason I don t give the book five stars I m fascinated by the similarities and differences in the creative approach, and some of these writers are people I would absolutely love to sit down and have a drink with because they are so clearly brilliant As an author looking at ways to break into the screenwriting business, I recommend this book.
As a writer I found these interviews to be both fascinating and instructive even though I don t write screenplays yet Joel Engel asks great questions and the various screenwriters give thoughtful and insightful answers I highly recommend this to writers and film buffs alike.
Not brilliant in any way but not a chore to read Basically Engel provides stories from screenwriters, like a Sunday profile in the special edition section of the newspaper nothing muchthan that, so if you re looking for a how to or secret to screenwriting book this definitely is not the book for you.
Some nuggets of wisdom interspersed w canned stories of facing down Hollywood idiocy.
Some good stuff in here, some bad I really enjoyed the last interview.
More in depth and longer than the Katz book and aredoubtable venture But still, this tends to be nullified by the interviewer s intrusive and somewhat annoying personality He tends to go for epigrammatic summations most of the subjects thankfully just seemed to ignore him in that mode Also no indications of laughter or wry expressions or anything like that at all it reminds me of Brando talking about being misquoted or misinterpreted and Grobel bringing that up stage directions in dialogue which are used sparingly in scripts, somaybe that s why they re leery But there s a good range of questions and often long, thorough answers so all in all, a good read and info source And I liked the line from Caroline Thompson about being inspired It had come out so easily, it was almost as though I was chasing it but Michael Mann especially primus inter pares slings it every which way for example T Couldn t finish it I wanted to find outabout screenwriting, but all this book was about was talking to different screenwriters and their stories Now I knew that going in, but the problem with this book was that there wasn t a single goal or piece of advice that I could feel confident following One writer would say something and the next one would completely disagree with it I know Engel probably did this to show the different ways different people came into the business, but I just think it would have been smarter to have interviewed writers that could agree on certain advice instead of putting in interviews with completely contrasting advice It was pretty boring for me personally It might have been better if I knew any of the people orthan 2 of the movies they had written J