on 22 April 2012
Books on all aspects on script writing, directing and producing are abundant but this is THE book on development. If you are serious about the film business you need to own this book. Reading it will give you a detailed insight into what happens from the initial idea to a screenplay is greenlit by a studio. That there is so little information out there about development is striking considering a great screenplay is a pre-requisite for a great film.
What is so great about this book is that works on a very practical level. It doesn't just talk around the concepts it shows you what it looks like. And for that reason you will end up using this book in your day to day work. My copy looks like it has been run over by an armoured vehicle...that's a sign of quality!
Outside LA development resources are very limited so reading this book will give you an edge and the tools you need to feel comfortable about running your own development process.
Further it is a very enjoyable and quick read.
The bottom line is the value of this book far outstrips the cost....it is a no brainer!
on 2 August 2010
A lot more general view - including a chapter on the history of screenwriting - than the title makes it out to be, 'I Liked It, Didn't Love It' nevertheless have some pages that make it worth reading, like the breakdown of the studio script reading process. The book is quite short, and if you shook the redundant pages off you would be left with half of the book with some relevance when it comes to the title. Those pages are good, although not as groundbreaking material than the back blurb makes it out to be. I liked it, didn't love it.