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The secret of writing a successful screenplay is sought after by ever-growing numbers of scribes and enthusiasts. Screenwriters’ Masterclass offers state-of-the-art advice in that line, through interviews with nineteen of the leading scriptwriters of our day whose insights are invaluable to any aspirant.
Each interview guides the reader entertainingly through the creation process of the film; how the writer handled the painstaking process of creating a three-dimensional world out of their imagination; what worked – and what didn’t – in the finished film; and, most importantly, why that was so. In the process, each interview is a valuable case history, offering film buffs an uncommon glimpse behind the scenes of cinema: from Oscar-winner Ted Tally, recounting life on-set with Jodie Foster and Hannibal the Cannibal on The Silence of the Lambs, to Robert Wade and Neil Purvis coming up with new ways for James Bond to Die Another Day.
Represented alongside the Hollywood pros are the leading screenwriters from the US independent and European scenes, including some of the most inspiring new talents in film: from Carlos Cuarón (Y Tu Mamá También) and Chris Weitz (About a Boy) to Wes Anderson (Rushmore) and Alex Garland (28 Days Later).
'His selection of 21 scribes is smartly chosen, as are his questions about each one's creative process, start in the business and the history of their best-known project.'****
'Screenwriters' Masterclass taps into the same market as Syd Field, but will prove infinitely more useful. The last word to those finishing the first draft of that Oscar-winning script goes to Coppola: "Just get through it."'
'Talking through their greatest scripts, the cream of the 'prestige indies' are brutal, frank and funny about their experiences of the Hollywood machine ... for wannabe scriptwriter - or just plain enthusiasts - this is an interesting, illuminating and diverse series of chats with some of the best typewriter tappers in the biz.' ****
'Full of anecdotes and tricks of the trade, the results are as entertaining as they are informative, and contain plenty of pointers for would-be scribes. It's certainly a class worth enrolling for!'
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