Screen Plays: How 25 Scripts Made It to a Theater Near You--for Better or Worse

Screen Plays: How 25 Scripts Made It to a Theater Near You--for Better or Worse

David S. Cohen

In this interesting survey of up to date display craft, David Cohen of Script and Variety magazines leads readers down the lengthy and harrowing street each screenplay takes from concept to script to monitor. In interviews with Hollywood screenwriters from around the board—Oscar winners and beginners alike—Cohen explores what units aside the blockbuster successes from the downright disasters.

Tracing the fortunes of twenty-five movies, together with Troy, Erin Brockovich, Lost in Translation, and The Aviator, Cohen bargains insider entry to again plenty and boardrooms, to studio heads, administrators, and to the over-caffeinated screenwriters themselves. because the tale of every movie evolves from the planning stage to the large display, Cohen proves that how a script is written, bought, constructed, and filmed might be simply as dramatic and exciting because the motion picture itself—especially whilst the ensuing motion picture is a fiasco.

Covering movies of all kinds—from tongue-in-cheek romps like John Waters's A soiled Shame to Oscar winners like Monster's Ball and The HoursScreen Plays is an anecdote-filled, usually inspiring, continuously revealing examine the alchemy of the motion picture enterprise. With Cohen as your specialist advisor, Screen Plays exposes how and why definite motion pictures (such as Gladiator) develop into "tent poles," these runaway successes each studio must continue to exist, and others turn into educate wrecks. filled with severe clues on the way to promote a script—and stay away from seeing it destroyed prior to the director calls Action!—it's the only e-book each aspiring screenwriter will locate irresistible.

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