Screenwriters on Screen-Writing: The Best in the Business Discuss Their Craft

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Before any lights, camera, or action, there's the script–arguably the most important single element in filmmaking, and Screenwriters on Screen-Writing introduces the men and women responsible for the screenplays that have produced some of the most successful and acclaimed films in Hollywood history. In each interview, not only do the writers explore the craft and technique of creating a filmic blueprint, but they recount the colorful tales of coming up in the ranks of the movie business and of bringing their stories to the screen, in a way that only natural-born storytellers such as themselves can. These and other screenwriters have garnered the attention of the movie-going population not only with their words, but with headlines announcing the sales of their scripts for hundreds of thousands and sometimes millions of dollars. Anyone interested in writing, making, or learning about movies will enjoy reading this fascinating behind-the-scenes compendium that brings together some of the most prominent and talented screenwriters in modern-day filmmaking. Screenwriters interviewed include:
Bruce Joel Rubin (Ghost), Ernest Lehman (North by Northwest, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), Amy Holden Jones (Indecent Proposal), Ted Tally (The Silence of the Lambs), Horton Foote (To Kill a Mockingbird, Tender Mercies), Andrew Bergman (The In-Laws), Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands), Richard LaGravenese (The Fisher King), and Robert Towne (Chinatown, Shampoo).

Product Details

  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books; 1st ed edition (January 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786880570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786880577
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces

Customer Reviews

Great Answers to Great Questions.

 on April 16, 2016
By Drew Brown
Some very detailed interviews with screenwriters. What makes it good is both the responses of the screenwriters, and the quality of questions asked. He asks what we all want to know.

fine intro

 on July 15, 2013
By Paul Glover
Made screenwriting less inhumanly difficult, by presenting its challenges through the voices of humans who surpass challenges. Highly recommend it.

great product

 on May 29, 2009
By T. Robbins
the item arrived on time and was in excellent condition – one of the things i really liked about this product was that it was about the filmmaker’s process – it’s like getting into the minds of the filmmaker and learning how he or she accomplished such great films.


4 people found this helpful.
 on September 21, 2000
By avdr
screenwriters on screenwriting is an informative book that enables the screenwriter,often the forgotten contributor in the filmmaking business,to talk about his craft and the lonely world of screenwriting.after all the screenwriting process is done alone,and the hardest of the making of a film.the interviews are well done and the author,joe engel, asks the questions that we ispiring screenwriters wanna how do you get out of certain situations in your screenplay and how to beat writers block.screenwriters interviewed include,robert towne,michael mann,ernest lehman and others.a good book on the industries best.

Good read

3 people found this helpful.
 on April 2, 2002
By Amazon Customer
A series of interesting interviews with successful screenwriters. All of them have written popular,

Something for everyone

One person found this helpful.
 on September 20, 2001
By mary wright
This is a collection, by various writers. Something for everyone. Might not like them all, but style and method are consistent.

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