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Story Selling: How To Develop, Market And Pitch Your Film & TV Projects by Heather Hale (book review)

August 1, 2019 | By | Reply More
Story Selling: How To Develop, Market And Pitch Your Film & TV Projects by Heather Hale  (book review)

In other books from Michael Wiese Productions, there have been sections dealing with how to sell scripts in Hollywood. I’ve used the entire title of Heather Hale’s book ‘Story Selling: How To Develop, Market And Pitch Your Film & TV Projects’ just in case your eyes play tricks and you think the main title is […]

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Bela Lugosi And The Monogram 9 by Gary D. Rhodes and Robert Guffey (book review).

July 31, 2019 | By | Reply More
Bela Lugosi And The Monogram 9 by Gary D. Rhodes and Robert Guffey (book review).

If you thought ‘Bela Lugosi And The Monogram 9’ was a pop group or even a missed Lugosi film, go to the back of the class. Well, sort of. I have to confess I wasn’t quite sure what this book by Gary D. Rhodes and Robert Guffey was all about until I started reading it. […]

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“One More Thing, Sir…”: A Memoir by Michael Sloan (book review).

July 26, 2019 | By | Reply More
“One More Thing, Sir…”: A Memoir by Michael Sloan (book review).

I remember the name Michael Sloan with his association with ‘The Return Of The Six Million Dollar Man And The Bionic Woman’ and its two sequels but hadn’t really realised just how much other work he’d done over the years. Remembering credits isn’t something I normally did or made the connections. Sloan first did a […]

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The Art Of Toy Story 4 (book review).

June 26, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Art Of Toy Story 4 (book review).

I should say from the start that if you’re buying this book to see pictures from the film then this might not be the book for you. However, if you want to see the designs that became the stars of the film, then you’ll be well at home. You do get to see storyboards for […]

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Writing For The Cut: Shaping Your Script For Cinema by Greg Loftin (book review).

June 1, 2019 | By | Reply More
Writing For The Cut: Shaping Your Script For Cinema by Greg Loftin (book review).

Author Greg Loftin points out in the introduction of his book ‘Writing For The Cut: Shaping Your Script For Cinema’ that the art of film editing is almost arcane simply because editors keep so many secrets about the directors they work with. Thing is, editors are the people who shape the material the directors give […]

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The Moviemaking Magic Of Marvel Studios Heroes And Villains by Eleni Roussos (book review).

May 7, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Moviemaking Magic Of Marvel Studios Heroes And Villains by Eleni Roussos (book review).

Although ‘The Moviemaking Magic Of Marvel Studios Heroes And Villains’ by Eleni Roussos is designated for young adults, the text is for all ages. For each major character there is a multi-page insert showing the film character design from different angles and not necessarily the costumes you expect. The Iron Man suit is his first […]

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Film Directing Shot By Shot by Steven D. Katz (book review).

May 2, 2019 | By | Reply More
Film Directing Shot By Shot by Steven D. Katz (book review).

I wasn’t reviewing publisher Michael Wiese Productions when they first released Steven D. Katz’ book, ‘Film Directing Shot By Shot’ so I came into this 25th anniversary edition with an initial surprise that it is both bigger in size and page count than their usual product. Much of this difference is because this book covers […]

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Bulletproof: Writing Scripts That Don’t Get Shot Down by David Diamond and David Weissman (book review).

May 1, 2019 | By | Reply More
Bulletproof: Writing Scripts That Don’t Get Shot Down by David Diamond and David Weissman (book review).

David Diamond and David Weissman’s book, ‘Bulletproof: Writing Scripts That Don’t Get Shot Down’ has nothing to do with providing your script with a flak jacket and a heavy lining of Kevlar but all to do with not writing scripts with plot-holes in them. It took them 5 years to break into the Hollywood scriptwriting […]

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Rod Serling: His Life, Work And Imagination by Nicholas Parisi (book review).

March 1, 2019 | By | Reply More
Rod Serling: His Life, Work And Imagination by Nicholas Parisi (book review).

When Anne Serling, Rod Sterling’s daughter, in the introduction says she’s impressed with the research in Nicholas Parisi’s book, ‘Rod Serling: His Life, Work And Imagination’, then it’s time for some serious reading. Do I have to tell you who Rod Serling is then you need to spend some time in the Twilight Zone, although […]

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Making Your First Blockbuster by Paul Dudbridge (book review).

February 3, 2019 | By | Reply More
Making Your First Blockbuster by Paul Dudbridge (book review).

British born director Paul Dudbridge’s first book, ‘Shooting Better Movies: The Studentmaker’s Guide’ that I reviewed last year makes an enormous jump to ‘Making Your First Blockbuster’ this year. Part of me thinks I would have preferred to have had a book on just getting a ‘normal’ film directed in a professional capacity before jumping […]

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