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Tales from the Script -- War stories and life lessons from the film industry's top writers.

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Hollywood screenwriters finally get the last word.
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War stories and life lessons from the industry's top writers. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 

Allison Anders ... Herself

Jane Anderson ... Herself

Doug Atchison ... Himself

John August ... Himself

Shane Black ... Himself
John D. Brancato ... Himself

John Carpenter ... Himself
Larry Cohen ... Himself

Frank Darabont ... Himself

Steven E. de Souza ... Himself

Gerald Di Pego ... Himself

Mark Fergus ... Himself

Antwone Fisher ... Himself

Naomi Foner ... Herself

Joe Forte ... Himself
Josh Friedman ... Himself

Mick Garris ... Himself

William Goldman ... Himself

David Hayter ... Himself

Peter Hyams ... Himself
Michael January ... Himself
Steve Koren ... Himself
Jonathan Lemkin ... Himself
Andrew W. Marlowe ... Himself
Mark O'Keefe ... Himself
Dennis Palumbo ... Himself

Zak Penn ... Himself

Billy Ray ... Himself

Adam Rifkin ... Himself

Jose Rivera ... Himself
Mark Rosenthal ... Himself

Ari Rubin ... Himself

Bruce Joel Rubin ... Himself

Richard Rush ... Himself

Paul Schrader ... Himself
Melville Shavelson ... Himself

Ron Shelton ... Himself
Ronald Shusett ... Himself
Stephen Susco ... Himself

Guinevere Turner ... Herself

Kriss Turner ... Herself

David S. Ward ... Himself
James L. White ... Himself
Michael Wolk ... Himself
Kris Young ... Himself

Justin Zackham ... Himself

Directed by
Peter Hanson 
 
Writing credits
Peter Hanson (written by) and
Paul Robert Herman (written by)

Paul Robert Herman (based on an idea by)

Produced by
Rick D'Avino .... executive producer
Peter Hanson .... producer
Paul Robert Herman .... producer
Pamela Murphy .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
T.J. Raider 
 
Film Editing by
J.D. Funari 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Robert Herman .... assistant director
 
Editorial Department
Nick Fair .... trailer editor
 
Other crew
Kyle McKeveny .... production assistant
Tim Merrill .... archival supervisor
 

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Michael Wolk:Your job being on the receiving end of a 'good idea' in a development meeting, is to handle this turd as if it was a piece of gold.See more »
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References Hardcore (1979)See more »

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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Religion, 2 July 2010
Author: tedg (tedg@FilmsFolded.com) from Virginia Beach

I've been very lucky in finding these strangely structured documentaries.

Here is a film about writing films. We luckily encounter a large number of screenwriters, some of whom I admire a great deal.

We have a quick shuffle among them, with the assembly being quite a bit more coherent and engaging than staying. This by itself is a remarkable effect. Almost all of these people are master storytellers and they are speaking about something they have examined thoroughly. Each has their own narrative they have created about who they are and how they fit into the machinery of this collaborative art. They assume that what they have honed will be fascinating to us.

But it isn't. It simply isn't. We learn that writing is hard, the business is brutal. You and your art get no respect. It is often unbearable and some accomplished writers simply graduate out of the role. None of these storytellers do much other than decorate these complaints. It becomes obvious early in the game that this is still interesting to watch because the filmmaker jumps around, composing his own narrative out of these interviews. No one bit is kept longer than a minute or so. It is a masterpiece of composition, editing and just plain deep listening.

It is a folded story that says in two ways that the writer is the beginning of the adventure, the generator of first ideas, but is not the filmmaker.

So that's all good. Don't expect a single phrase about writing itself. This is all about the business, the selling and the commerce. There are some people here that I really would like to know better. I did not and this will frustrate you too.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.

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