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Shane Black ("Lethal Weapon"), John Carpenter ("Halloween"), Frank Darabont ("The Shawshank Redemption"), William Goldman ("The Princess Bride"), Paul Schrader ("Taxi Driver"), and dozens of other Hollywood screenwriters share hilarious anecdotes and penetrating insights in "Tales from the Script," the most comprehensive documentary ever made about screenwriting. By analyzing their triumphs and recalling their failures, the participants explain how successful writers develop the skills necessary for toughing out careers in one of the world's most competitive industries. They also reveal the untold stories behind some of the greatest screenplays ever written, describing their adventures with luminaries including Harrison Ford, Stanley Kubrick, Joel Silver, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Spielberg. The film was produced in tandem with the upcoming HarperCollins book of the same name. Written by Anonymous

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Hollywood screenwriters finally get the last word.

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10 January 2009 (USA)  »

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Pass! Screenwriters on Surviving Hollywood Rejection  »

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$1,938 (USA) (5 March 2010)

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$6,764 (USA) (19 March 2010)
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Steven E. de Souza: [while saying the following, de Souza lifts one foot to show he's wearing a flat-soled shoe] The most important thing in a screenwriter's arsenal is this: Wear flats. You never want to be taller than whoever the producer is... and you are already. I'm just telling you right now; I don't have to do the statistics; I don't need a double-blind study. All the screenwriters are taller, in general, than all the producers.
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Yeah, every screenwriter should watch this now.
10 July 2013 | by (Suffolk, England) – See all my reviews

Tales From The Script is an essential documentary for aspiring screenwriters. It doesn't break down how to write a script or how to tell a story but it goes over what to expect in a career in screen writing and what they value. It's a very basic doc with interviews shot on DV, but it has access to so many top class writers that I didn't think much about the production of the doc itself. It's fascinating to pick up on the common behaviour of a writer based on their attitudes. It's a doc that both confirms my fears and validates what I want out of screen writing in my life. It finishes with a story from the writer of Ghost talking about a flop he made shortly afterwards where he felt it was finally worth it because it saved the relationship between a mother and son. That's what it's all about.

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