|Tales from the Script
Directed by Peter Hanson
105 minutes + bonus materials, documentary, color, English, 2009
Screenwriters ranging from newcomers to living legends share their triumphs and hardships in this probing, insightful, and often hilarious odyssey through the world of movie storytelling. Celebrated scribes reveal the fascinating creative adventures that gave birth to beloved classics (and notorious flops). By analyzing their triumphs and recalling their failures, the participants explain how successful writers develop the skills necessary for toughing out careers in Hollywood. Candid and unafraid to name names, they also describe their collaborations with stars including Tim Burton, Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman, Stanley Kubrick, Adam Sandler, Joel Silver, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and Bryan Singer. Features over an hour of bonus material, including the short films "The Gospel According to Bill: The wit and wisdom of author/screenwriter William Goldman" and "Advice for New Screenwriters: Pros and educators offer priceless tips and inspiration for beginners".
"Relentlessly entertaining!" - New York Magazine
"Highly enjoyable. . . . Ample doses of cautionary advice to aspiring screenwriters and many relatable moments for professionals. . . . Director Peter Hanson has assembled a frank, articulate, often crisply funny group of scribes." - Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"In Peter Hanson's dishy documentary, 46 screenwriters gab agreeably about the tribulations of their profession. . . . Matching faces to scripts is wicked fun."
"Compulsory viewing for any aspiring screenwriters."
"Full of wry one-liners, well-spun anecdotes, and pithy observations on the movie-making industry." - Ernest Hardy, The Village Voice
"A lively collection of war stories from a host of screenwriters with experience in the trenches." - Todd McCarthy, Variety
"The best film about writing I've ever seen." - Chris Gore, Film Threat
"Honest insight from writers who have seen their scripts dragged through the soul-shattering development gauntlet." - Dave Davis, JoBlo.com
"An instant classic." - James van Maanen, Trust Movies
Tales from the Script: 50 Hollywood Screenwriters Share Their Stories ed. Peter Hanson & Paul Robert Herman
Adventures in the Screen Trade by William Goldman
Which Lie Did I Tell?: More Adventures in the Screen Trade by William Goldman
Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need by Blake Snyder
See details about this film's theatrical run.
3 Bonus Films:
● More Tales from the Script: Fascinating unheard stories from top screenwriters (45 min)