Riding the Alligator: Strategies for a Career in Screenplay Writing and Not Getting Eaten

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Riding the Alligator: Strategies for a Career in Screenplay Writing and Not Getting Eaten

Format:  Paperback,

249 pages

Publisher: Ingram Pub Services

Publish Date: Jan 2011

ISBN-13: 9781932907841

ISBN-10: 193290784X

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A bestseller that is the first artist-friendly screenwriting guide to success by an Oscar nominated Hollywood insider whose productions have grossed more than a billion dollars.
Riding the Alligator is different from other screenwriting books in that it takes a non-dogmatic approach to finding your own personal creative process, and shares Pen's best kept secrets for selling your creations and yourself.
Pen is your own, warm, funny, personal mentor as you read this book. Actress Robin Wright says: "It is like getting a UC screenwriting course for under $30 ."
Pen draws from his own extremely simple breakthrough techniques, shares his inspiring philosophy of finding a personal well of creativity from your inner voice, to overcoming the many challenges in a unique business, managing stress, the real secrets to selling your work, finding the right agent and being true to one's nature to create a lasting and passion filled career.
The book is hailed by Hollywood luminaries like Ron Howard, Paul Haggis, Jeff Bridges, Morgan Freeman, as well as heads of major motion picture studios and academics from top film schools including USC, UCLA, NYU and AFI.
Also included are short, personal essays by A-List Hollywood scripters such as Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Eric Roth (Forrest Gump), Robin Swicord (Memoirs of a Geisha), Ron Shelton (Bull Durham/White Men Can't Jump), Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island/Avatar), Todd Robinson (White Squall/Phantom), Andrea Berloff (World Trade Center), Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes) and more.
Additionally, Pen provides an 'Instant Library' summarizing 10 other popular books on Hollywood, as reviewed by his USC Film Students.

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Publisher: Ingram Pub Services
Publish Date: Jan 2011
ISBN-13: 9781932907841
ISBN-10: 193290784X
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 249
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 9.0 x 0.75
Walmart No.: 9781932907841

Chapter outline

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. xvii
The Golden Rulep. 1
Passion!p. 3
In The Beginningp. 9
Why Do We Watch Movies?p. 11
We All Have Doubtsp. 23
Yes, But Can I Write?p. 25
Are My Ideas Any Good?p. 43
Nobody Knows Anything!p. 45
How To Structure a Storyp. 49
The Thesis, The Nugget, and The External Storyp. 51
Roles Stars Will Want to Playp. 63
Some Character Toolsp. 65
We Can't Have Heroes Without 'Emp. 71
Villainsp. 73
Now You Have a First Draftp. 77
Editingp. 79
Entering The Junglep. 89
Sellingp. 91
You And Your Story Go for a Ridep. 101
Pitchingp. 103
How Do I Survive Until I Get Paid to Write?p. 111
Un-Starvingp. 113
I Made a Sale, I'm In Development?p. 119
Take Some Time to Celebratep. 121
Beating The Bluesp. 127
A Filmmaker's Positive Thoughts on Stressp. 129
Thoughts From Other Writersp. 143
Shane Blackp. 145
Nia Vardalosp. 149
Danny Mcbridep. 151
Andrea Berloffp. 153
Eric Rothp. 155
John Watsonp. 157
Robin Swicordp. 159
Todd Robinsonp. 163
Alan Mcelroyp. 165
Tony Peckhamp. 167
Ron Sheltonp. 169
Laeta Kalogridisp. 171
Shane Black (A Slight Return)p. 175
Instant Screenwriting Libraryp. 181
Ten Books on Writing, Pitching, and Surviving, as Reviewed by USC Film School Studentsp. 183
Inspirations and Explorationsp. 223
Playful Ways to Approach Each Chapter and Open Up Your Thinkingp. 225
How do you Measure Passion?p. 239
Your Efforts are Meaningful to you despite Other People's Opinionsp. 241
Famous Last Wordsp. 243
Trust Your Gut Instinctsp. 243
Online Resourcesp. 244
Gator Glossaryp. 245
About the Authorp. 249

Awards and Recognitions

  • Independent Publisher Book Awards ( IPPYs ), 2011 (United States)

Book description

A bestseller that is the first artist-friendly screenwriting guide to success by an Oscar nominated Hollywood insider whose productions have grossed more than a billion dollars.

Riding the Alligator is different from other screenwriting books in that it takes a non-dogmatic approach to finding your own personal creative process, and shares Pen’s best kept secrets for selling your creations and yourself.

Pen is your own, warm, funny, personal mentor as you read this book. Actress Robin Wright says: “It is like getting a UC screenwriting course for under $30!!!”.

Pen draws from his own extremely simple breakthrough techniques, shares his inspiring philosophy of finding a personal well of creativity from your inner voice, to overcoming the many challenges in a unique business, managing stress, the real secrets to selling your work, finding the right agent and being true to one's nature to create a lasting and passion filled career.

The book is hailed by Hollywood luminaries like Ron Howard, Paul Haggis, Jeff Bridges, Morgan Freeman, as well as heads of major motion picture studios and academics from top film schools including USC, UCLA, NYU and AFI.

Also included are short, personal essays by A-List Hollywood scripters such as Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Eric Roth (Forrest Gump), Robin Swicord (Memoirs of a Geisha), Ron Shelton (Bull Durham/White Men Can't Jump), Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island/Avatar), Todd Robinson (White Squall/Phantom), Andrea Berloff (World Trade Center), Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes) and more.

Additionally, Pen provides an ‘Instant Library’ summarizing 10 other popular books on Hollywood, as reviewed by his USC Film Students.

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