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Doing It for Money

Doing It for Money
Your Price: $32.50 CDN
Author: Daryl G. Nickens
Publisher: Tallfellow Press
Format: Hardcover
# of Pages: 277
Pub. Date: 2006
ISBN-10: 193129058X
ISBN-13: 9781931290586

About the Book:

The Agony and Ecstasy of Writing and Surviving in Hollywood

Ah, the life of a successful screenwriter! Sitting in your Malibu beach house finishing the script that will bring in the next million dollar check. Doing lunch at The Ivy. Hollywood party-hopping where you're the idol of stars, movie execs and paparazzi. Yeah, right! Not if you're Doing It for Money!

The true process of writing for the Hollywood Machine is finally revealed in Doing It for Money. Clueless executives...temperamental stars... rewrites that "re-wrong" the script you've poured your blood, sweat and tears into. Welcome to the wonderful world of screenwriting!

More than a compilation of "war stories," these insightful, sometimes acerbic, but always entertaining essays from 48 top movie and TV writers cover it all: from attempting to write (and putting it off!); to breaking in; to pitching and selling a script; to tales of rewrites, notes and unexpected "help" from execs, stars, friends of the caterer and everyone in between. Contributors include Stephen Gaghan (Syriana, Traffic, NYPD Blue), Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean, Shrek), Leslie Dixon (The Thomas Crown Affair, Mrs. Doubtfire), John Sacret Young (The West Wing, China Beach) and many more.

Also included in Doing It for Money are valuable "insider" Secrets from Hollywood Pros on making it in this cutthroat industry!

Here, then, is your invaluable ticket to a personal behind-the-scenes tour of what it's really like to be Doing It for Money in the mad, mad world of entertainment.

What people say:

"A hilarious, insightful, and thoroughly entertaining book....This is an intimate conversation over endless cups of coffee with screenwriters of all generations, a candid and privileged glimpse at the whole crazy zen tapestry of what we do...the pains, the joys, and the absurdities of our trade." — Frank Darabont, writer/director, The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile

"[A] smart, funny, sad, triumphant book about writing, about the joys and concerns of writing, about the impossibility of writing, about writing....This is a book for anyone who has ever written for money and for everyone who hasn't." — Howard A. Rodman, Professor and Chair, Division of Writing School of Cinema-Television, University of Southern California (USC)

About the Author:

Daryl G. Nickens is a former chair of the graduate screenwriting program at American Film Institute (AFI) and still teaches there, and at USC. An Emmy, WGA and Humanitas Prize nominated screenwriter, he works in film, television and animation.