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Script Partners: What Makes Film and TV Writing Teams Work

Script Partners: What Makes Film and TV Writing Teams Work
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Author: Claudia Johnson, Matt Stevens
Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 300
Pub. Date: 2003
ISBN-10: 0941188752
ISBN-13: 9780941188753

About the Book:

HARD TO FIND BOOK, only a very limited number of copies are still available.

What Makes Film and TV Writing Teams Work....

Some of the greatest movies and television series have been written by script partners. From Billy Wilder's legendary collaborations with Charles Brackett and I.A.L. Diamond to the work of the Coen Brothers, writing teams and their secrets of success are as intriguing as the scripts they create. Script Partners by Claudia Johnson and Matt Stevens brings together the experience, knowledge, writing techniques, and wisdom of many of Hollywood's most successful writing teams for film and television – including Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen (Friends), Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (The People vs. Larry Flynt, Ed Wood), Jim Taylor (Election, About Schmidt), Harold Ramis and Peter Tolan (Analyze This, Analyze That), and Larry Gelbert (M*A*S*H).

Script Partners examines the role and importance of collaboration from the early years of film to the present, then illuminates the process of collaborative screenwriting itself; its unique assets, from the partners' complementary strengths to the mysterious but often-mentioned third voice that occurs during collaborative writing.

Script Partners answers such questions as:

• Why collaborate
• How to pick the right partner and the right project
• When and where to work together
• How to co-create character, story, and structure
• How to co-draft a script
• The creative relationship and the business relationship

What people say:

"A wonderful insight into how movies that you have loved were created. It is a step-by-step instruction book for becoming part of a collaboration. And it lets you know how much fun you could have." — Joan Darling, Emmy and DGA Award-winning actress and director

"Successful writing teams share their 'secrets' of co-creating scripts. Be assured this is no cookbook approach to script writing. Instead this book describes the joys and agonies of the creative process and offers guidance for establishing a productive collaborative. It's 'required reading' for those engaged in or considering a writing partnership!“ — Carol Nicolay, Ed.D; TV and Film Program University of Washington Educational Outreach

"A lively, knowledgeable, user-friendly guide to how not to be alone in what can seem the loneliest profession on the planet. Claudia Johnson and Matt Stevens have gathered insight, encouragement, wisdom and wisecracks from some of the great writing teams of film and television." — Janet Burroway, novelist, playwright, and author of the best-seller, Writing Fiction

About the Authors:

Claudia Johnson is the author of Stifled Laughter, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and Crafting Short Screenplays that Connect.

Matt Stevens is a Los Angeles-based writer-producer who has sold both fiction and documentary projects.