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

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  • Copyright: 2011-07-05
  • Publisher: Touchstone
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A hilarious and revealing guide to the movie industry by two writers whose movies have made over a billion dollars.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Selling Your Movie
Getting Started in Hollywoodp. 3
Why Isn't Anyone Buying My Brilliant Script?p. 11
How to Pitch Your Moviep. 18
Joining the Writers Guild of America, Westp. 24
I Sold It! Now What Happens?p. 29
Idiot Checkp. 38
Coverage! or How a Kid Getting College Credit Can Make or Break Your Movie!p. 51
Have I Made It Yet?p. 55
They Love My Script! ... and I Got Fired?p. 59
Why Does Almost Every Studio Movie Suck Donkey Balls?p. 62
The Art of Nodding or How to Take Notesp. 71
Directorsp. 82
Producersp. 89
Herbie: Fully Loadedp. 92
Redlighting or How to Get Your Movie Un-Greenlit!p. 101
Turnaroundp. 108
How to Pimp Your Moviep. 110
Naysayersp. 114
The Silver Liningp. 116
Our Lunch with Jackie Chanp. 120
Credit$p. 124
Living in Los Angelesp. 130
Writing a Screenplay
If Your Screenplay Doesn't Have This Structure, It Won't Sell, or Robert McKee Can Suck Itp. 147
In a Few Pages, We'll Teach You How to Formulate Characters in a Scriptp. 154
How to Write a Screenplayp. 166
Writing Action and Descriptionp. 170
Advice for Writing with a Partnerp. 175
Rewrites: You Want It When? And I'm Getting Paid What?!?!?!!?p. 180
Martin Lawrence Has a Few Thoughts or How to Take Notes from a Movie Starp. 188
Arbitration or Who Wrote This Crap?p. 193
Sequels!p. 198
Getting the Book Rightsp. 201
I'm Drinking Too Much. Is That a Problem?p. 204
Final Thoughtsp. 208
Sample Outlinesp. 211
Glossaryp. 295
Acknowledgmentsp. 313
Indexp. 315
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