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  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; Reprint edition (Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061431575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061431579
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,484,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paperback. Pub Date: 2009 Pages: 352 in Publisher: It Books Every green-lighted screenplay travels a long. and harrowing road from idea to script to celluloid In this fascinating survey of contemporary film craft. David Cohen of Script and Variety withmagazines interviews screenwriters from across the board-Oscar winners and novices alike-to explore what sets blockbuster successes apart from downright disasters. Tracing the fortunes of twenty-five films. including Troy. Erin ockovich. Lost in Translation. and The Aviator. Cohen offers valuable insider access to the back lots and boardrooms. to the studio heads and directors. and to the overcaffeinated screenwriters themselves. Full of critical clues on how to sell a script-and avoid seeing it destroyed before the director calls Action!-Screen Plays is a book that both the aspiring screenwriter and curious cinephile will find...

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By My taste is better on 1 Nov. 2009
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By case studying the screenplay writers journey throughout and within the film making process Cohen unveils the reality of the writers lot like no other self book. He interviews the writers of films as big and successful as Gladiator to Todd Solandz Happiness... everything you wanted to know about the rough ride is here

All you need now is a script to sell and get on that rocky road of frustration and determination to see you concept survive or at best make it to screen
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Ever want to be a fly on the wall? 22 April 2009
By Laura Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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Everybody with a job wishes, at some point, to be a fly on the wall during an important conversation between masters in their field, and listen in to the important negotiations, discussions and decision-making.

But in the elusive world of writing, master craftsmen become hermits and useful information from successful people actually making a living by crafting stories is hard to come by. Enter SCREEN PLAYS. Read it and find yourself in awe.

But to be clear: they're not all stories of success. Some illustrate bad choices and career-ending decisions. But learn from it, we will. No matter if you're wanting to be a screenwriter yourself, a novelist, a children's author - whatever - if your craft involves plot, characters, and dialogue, you can learn something from this book.

Moreover, SCREEN PLAYS is also entertaining. Because you've seen most of the movies the book discusses, you can compare the final product with the work that went into the creation - and you'll find yourself nodding your head in agreement, reading with your mouth open in an O of wonder, and laughing at the events that unfold in this biography of sorts.

I read this over a 6-week period; one movie discussion at a time as a break between other reading. This is a keeper for me and something I highly recommend to anyone interested in any kind of behind-the-scenes dirt on the business of writing.
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Masterful blend of facts, screenwriter's own words and excellent reportage 10 Feb. 2014
By Demian - Published on Amazon.com
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"Screen Plays" presents inside information about the very complex and quirky business of Hollywood movies.

Each movie chapter is presented with a list of the main cast and crew players, production cost and earnings, and a lot of detail about how the story was generated. It also clarifies how many writers, producers, directors, and actors had a hand in -- or forced their opinions into -- the writing.

Some have noted that the respect given to writers appears to be somewhere between that of how extras and craft services personnel are treated. This book supports that observation.

The bulk of the book is focused on the generative nature of writing, and varying processes that each writer brings to create a coherent, dynamic and engaging story.

One of the highlights of this book is the section in each chapter containing just the words of the screenwriters, their philosophy and methods of writing; basically, a rare glimpse into how they produce their art.

- Demian, Sweet Corn Productions
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Praises! 10 May 2013
By The Lamy Press - Published on Amazon.com
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Every "wanna be" screenwriter hoping to get into the business should read "Screenplays". It is the most informative insiders expo of the relationship between directors, actors, and screenwriters, and how Hollywood collaboration in the making of a film can either make or break a script and/or the writer's vision. David S. Cohen interviews the writers themselves. A must read.
Scrubbing Screenplays 12 May 2009
By Fred Tomasello Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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David S. Cohen gives us the inside story on screenplays and what happens to them throughout the process.
Very interesting and informative delineations between a novel, a play, and a screenplay. This book provides wonderful insight and was a joy to read.
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