Write Screenplays that Sell: The Ackerman Way: Newly Revised and Updated! by Hal AckermanWrite Screenplays that Sell: The Ackerman Way: Newly Revised and Updated! by Hal Ackerman

Write Screenplays that Sell: The Ackerman Way: Newly Revised and Updated!

byHal Ackerman

Paperback | September 10, 2017

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You don't have to attend film school to take a screenwriting course with the master teacher in the field - it's all in his book! Meet Hal Ackerman, up close and personal, just as hundreds of his students have known him through the years.Hal Ackerman offers a treasure trove of information on the writing of quality, saleable screenplays by teaching the art of story structure, substance and style.Over the last quarter century, dozens of screenplays written in his classes have been sold and several have become films, including ones starring Tom Hanks (directed by Steven Spielberg), Gwyneth Paltrow, Christian Bale, Hilary Swank and Diane Lane. They have won accolades in many prestigious contests and have been the gateway scripts to writing jobs in feature films and TV including HBO, Showtime, TNT, OWN, ABC, NBC, CBS, Disney, and more.With this book every professional writer gets a lifetime collaborator and every aspiring writer has a teacher in residence on his or her shelf.*Newly Revised and Updated edition featuring Moonlight, La La Land, Juno, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, among others. *Top-selling screenwriting book for almost 15 years -- Fifteenth Anniversary Edition
Title:Write Screenplays that Sell: The Ackerman Way: Newly Revised and Updated!Format:PaperbackProduct dimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.75 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:September 10, 2017Publisher:TallFellow PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1931290652

ISBN - 13:9781931290654


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There is an opinion widely held among intelligent people that a nascent artist either has talent or does not. And that in the presence of talent, teaching is either irrelevant or harmful, and that in its absence, teaching is wasted. It is the cult of the natural. After all, did Mozart go to Juilliard? Did Carnegie need an MBA to run a steel empire? Edison had only three months of formal schooling. Shakespeare attended no writing seminars. The American author Flannery O'Connor, when asked whether universities stifled creative writers, replied, "Not enough."It is unarguably true that every field of human endeavor is graced with certain individuals who are gifted with such an abundance of natural talent that, for them, teaching is as necessary as a second appendix. And on the other end of the spectrum, there are people with so little aptitude, who are so limited in imagination, so undisciplined and lacking in stamina that the best teaching in the world will have no effect on them. While it is true that talent cannot be taught, people with talent can be taught. You cannot teach an athlete to have a 48-inch vertical leap, like Michael Jordan had in his prime, but the game of basketball can be taught, both its essential skills and the deeper levels of the game that separate the abundantly talented from those who achieve greatness. Let us not forget that Stravinsky had his Nadia Boulanger, as did Bernstein. Tennessee Williams came out of the University of Iowa Writing Project. Michael Chabon is only the most recent brilliant novelist to come through the fiction writing program at the University of California, Irvine. And my home department, the UCLA screenwriting program, has spawned an impressive list of writers, including Neil Jimenez (River's Edge), David Koepp (Spider-Man, Jurassic Park, Carlito's Way, The Panic Room), Audrey Wells (The Truth About Cats and Dogs), The Michaels-Werb and Colleary(Face/Off), and that Francis Coppola fellow.

Editorial Reviews

"...one of the more popular screenwriting bibles out there." -- Screentalk