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Dreams on Spec (2007)

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"Dreams on Spec" takes an intimate look at how far people will go - and how much they will sacrifice - for the chance to pursue their dreams. This feature-length documentary delves into the... See full summary »



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"Dreams on Spec" takes an intimate look at how far people will go - and how much they will sacrifice - for the chance to pursue their dreams. This feature-length documentary delves into the lives of three aspiring Hollywood screenwriters as they pour their hearts into their spec scripts, pitch their ideas to anyone who will listen, go to meetings, hold table reads, and work at low-level day-jobs - all in the hopes of one day seeing one of their beloved creations made into a movie. These poignant portraits are intercut with wisdom from a "Greek Chorus" of superstar Hollywood creative-types like James L. Brooks, Nora Ephron, Gary Ross, and Carrie Fisher to forge a funny and compelling look at inspiration, creativity, and solitude in the movie industry. Written by Anonymous

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Engrossing Documentary!!!!
30 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

DREAMS ON SPEC is a great documentary!

First, a little plot summary: it profiles three aspiring screenwriters and then offers wisdom on their plight from superstar Hollywood creative types like James L. Brooks, Nora Ephron, Carrie Fisher and many others. But this film is really intended for dreamers everywhere -- those who spend lots of time and lots money on some Quixotic quest.

The film's music and cinematography are absolutely stunning. It's hard to believe it's a documentary when you watch some of the scenes because they're so lyrical and seemingly well-planned.

I saw parts of myself in each of the three characters -- sometimes that was good and other times not so good! I don't want to give anything away, but each of the three stories comes to a real and dramatic conclusion in a way that would have been hard to script.

In the end, I would highly recommend this documentary for anyone in a creative profession -- or who wants to be. It's really well made -- a real sleeper of a film -- that tells stories about real people, which you so rarely see today!

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