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Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can, Too!

Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can, Too!
Your Price: $20.00 CDN
Author: Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Patrick Lennon
Publisher: Touchtone Books
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 336
Pub. Date: 2012
ISBN-10: 1439186766
ISBN-13: 9781439186763

About the Book:

A hilarious and revealing guide to the movie industry by two writers whose movies have made well over a Billion Dollars at the Box Office!

Screenwriters and comedians Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon made their names with such fresh, innovative television comedies as MTV's beloved cult sketch show The State and Comedy Central's uproarious Reno 911! They have also written successful screenplays — including the likes of Herbie: Fully Loaded, The Pacifier, the cult-classic ping-pong parody Balls of Fury, and the two wildly successful Night at the Museum films. Now they show you how to do it yourself!

Writing Movies for Fun and Profit is a combination Hollywood tell-all and how-to book about the Art — and Business — of screenwriting. It is full of secret insider information about the process of mainstream Hollywood screenwriting: how to write, pitch, structure, and conquer the studio system. Many times throughout the course of the book, the two proclaim that this is not a book that will help you win an Oscar or praise for a beautiful command of dialogue. No, this book is intended to be the guide to writing hit movies that make you and the studio piles of money. Period!

Writing Movies for Fun and Profit is a book that provides the combination of brutal honesty and sage advice you won't find anywhere else, including:

• Includes a companion website with short films of the screenplays which are analyzed in the book

• The Art Of Pitching

• Getting Your Foot In The Door

• Taking Notes From Movie Stars

• How To Get Fired And Rehired

• How To Get Credit And Royalties!

• And Most Important: What To Buy With The Huge Piles Of Money You're Going To Make!

Writing Movies for Fun and Profit will take you through the highs and lows of life as a professional screenwriter. From the highs of hugging Gisele Bündchen and getting kung fu punched by Jackie Chan to the soul-crushing lows of Herbie: Fully Loaded.

Read Writing Movies for Fun and Profit — and you'll have everything you need to make your first billion the old-fashioned way — by “selling out” in show business!

What people say:

"It's a hilarious, practical, and brutally honest account of how Hollywood works.." — Esquire Magazine

"...the authors pull back the silver screen to reveal the elation and ugliness of working in Hollywood." — NYU Alumni Magazine

"... a handy how-to for aspiring screenwriters that details the difficulties of acquiring representation, arbitrating your screenplay credit, and why getting fired from a movie is great news. There's also free pitch ideas, an unproduced screenplay, and gossip about celebrities...." — GQ Magazine

"It's a tonic for anyone who's ever bemoaned the failings of the studio system, or wanted a place at its table." — Vanity Fair,

"The two cover all the basics from pitching to how to get royalties. The best: 'What to buy with the huge piles of money you're going to make!' The two are serious in their advice – write, write, write – but damn funny, too. Even if you don't aspire to write a movie starring Vin Diesel, this is a delightful read.." — Vanity Fair,

About the Author:

Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Patrick Lennon are prolific screenwriters — having penned feature films together for almost every major studio over the past 15 years. Garant dropped out of NYU because he couldn't afford it, while Lennon graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts.