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Tales from the Script
Directed by Peter Hanson

105 minutes + bonus materials, documentary, color, English, 2009

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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".

Shane Black (Lethal Weapon), John Carpenter (Halloween), Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) Antwone Fisher (Antwone Fisher) William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) David Hayter (X-Men) Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries) Bruce Joel Rubin (Ghost) Richard Rush (The Stuntman) Paul Schrader (Raging Bull & Taxi Driver) Ron Shelton (Bull Durham) Guinevere Turner (American Psycho) David S. Ward (The Sting)and many more...


"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."
- Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

"Compulsory viewing for any aspiring screenwriters."
- Leal Lowenstein, Variety & KPCC-FM (Los Angeles National Public Radio)

"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

Recommended Reading

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

The Screenwriter's Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script by David Trottier


See details about this film's theatrical run.


Disc Features

3 Bonus Films:

●  More Tales from the Script: Fascinating unheard stories from top screenwriters (45 min)
●  The Gospel According to Bill: The wit and wisdom of author/screenwriter William Goldman (12 min)
●  Advice for New Screenwriters: Priceless tips and inspiration for beginners (9 min)

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