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The big deal : Hollywood's million-dollar spec script market
Taylor, Thom.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : William Morrow, [1999]

Physical Description:
xiii, 319 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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PN1996 .T32 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The Big Deal takes you right inside the Hollywood movie machine with behind-the-scene stories from hundreds of players--writers, agents, directors, producers, and studio execs who share their secrets of success and cautionary tales of woe. Whether you're a genuine scribe or diehard fan who craves the real dish, The Big Deal will put you in the picture.

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Booklist Review

Hollywood movers and shakers seem to agree that the "biz" is less about the art of moviemaking than the art of the deal. "Spec" scripts, rather than scripts prepared on assignment, have become the major force in moviemaking since the 1988 writers' strike. Many have become the objects of well-publicized feeding frenzies. Los Angeles story analyst and writer Taylor calls on Hollywood insiders such as director Wes Craven and producer Chris Moore to analyze the script-buying process and the tumultuous route from script to screen. Spec scripts have resulted in critically and financially successful movies, such as Seven, and those that bombed, such as Last Action Hero. Using a mix of both winners and losers as case studies, Taylor presents a gritty and sardonic picture of the process. Rather than a how-to, this is a how-it-really-is for screenwriters and other creative types in today's Hollywood. Would-be screenwriters, movie fans, and anyone interested in the screen trade will want this unique if sometimes disconcerting perspective. (Reviewed February 15, 1999)0688161715Marlene Chamberlain