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Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can, Too! Hardcover – 7 Jul 2011


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439186758
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439186756
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Stephen Solar on 8 April 2013
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Agressive, in-yer-face text that tells it like it is in Hollywood. I like the style but some readers may not. The authors make statements not suggestions, so if you like grey areas rather than black and white claims, you won't like this.
I've read a few screenplay books and some disappear up their own orifices with theory and paradigms. These authors tell you the business as it is in Los Angeles, cynical and back-stabbing and they give some nice personal experiences at the hands of studio executives. It's not the whole film world but as an insight into the American way, it's an eye-opener.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura on 6 Aug 2013
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Such a funny read! May not be the single most useful book if you're looking for proper advice on how to make it in Hollywood, but as an addition to other books I found it definitely gave some very good pointers. The best thing about this book is that it is really fun to read, I chuckled several times sitting at my desk which is rare when I'm doing research.
Highly recommend as a read in conjunction with other books on the subject.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve on 3 May 2013
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This book is about working and getting paid. That's it. The authors state clearly and categorically that the advice here is about how to behave as a professional writer and very specifically about doing so for Hollywood Studio productions.

It includes information on how the industry works, why things happen the way they do and how to cope with those things when they happen to you. A big part of the book concerns what to say to people, how to say it, and perhaps more importantly, when to say nothing at all.

The content about writing itself is pretty minimal in comparison. It's up to the rest of us to come up with the screenplays, this book aims to help us make the most of them we do. I by that I mean get paid. Repeatedly.

If you're learning to write you will need to look elsewhere for creative advice, but if you want to earn a living from writing, this book is worth your time and money too.
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