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Tales from the Script (2009)

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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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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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Mark O'Keefe: A movie set is like the military, and as a writer you really have no place in the chain of command. So when you show up, you know, you're sort of like this weird creature...
Steve Koren: [Breaking in as O'Keefe is in mid-sentence] There's really nothing for you to do. Your job's done, unless of course, in comedy somebody says, "Punch up," on the set. But generally it's like the director wants to do it, the scene, the way he's planned it out. And the actors've memorized the lines. And, you know, you're just ...
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11 August 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Filmmakers who neglect producing a good script rarely produce a good movie. Sure, film's a visual medium (but, then, so are comic books)- but all the beautiful imagery in the world is meaningless without a coherent background story. TALES FROM THE SCRIPT is a cautionary tale and, like the documentary THE HECK WITH Hollywood!, it offers some possible solutions for aspiring screenwriters. (Although the solution in THE HECK WITH Hollywood! is to go out and make your OWN movie, without regard to geography, which is probably the BEST advice: as mavericks like George Romero have shown, it IS possible to go out and do it yourself and be successful. With the kind of video technology that exists now, I'm frankly amazed that there aren't MORE independent filmmakers making waves out there...) Posting unproduced scripts online is one way to try to interest potential investors (I may do it myself). The options these days are many. Settling for Hollywood should no longer be the only option.


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