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Every time it’s an Olympic year there are great stories of men and women who basically sacrifice their whole lives up to that point in order to have a moment in the spotlight. It’s inspiring when they win gold. Heartbreaking when they fall short. It’s amazing sometime how close these world-class athletes are in times and scores.

In the men’s Super G race yesterday the time between the Gold winner and the next seven spots was less than half a second. The top three got medals, and the rest as close as 200th of a second apart went home empty-handed. It’s no secret that the Olympics are very hard and very competitive.

The same can be said for screenwriting and filmmaking. And what’s nice about the book Tales from the Script, edited by Peter Hanson and Paul Robert Herman, is it’s full of screenwriters who share the ups and downs of a career in screenwriting.

“I think the most important thing you have to know is that it’s a very,very hard business, full of rejection and setbacks. If you don’t want to succeed really badly, you won’t. But, of course, if you get a movie made and it works, there’s nothing like it. Nothing.”
Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally/Julie & Julia)
Tales from the Script
page 269

“There’s a giant group of people who want to be writers, and a smaller group who actually write, and an even smaller group who are actually going to strive so hard that someone’s going to pay attention to them…I was obsessed at one point. I took every course, I read magazines, and I just kept going to movies. I remember at one point, I sat down and wrote down (copied) Rocky beat by beat.”
Steve Koren
(Bruce Almighty)
Tales from the Script
page 273

Scott W. Smith

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“Really great writing always, always gets noticed in Hollywood. When I hear someone say, ‘It’s who you know,’ or ‘I couldn’t get it to the right agent,’ that is the consolation of failure. When it really works, it might not get made, because you need a Jupiter effect of a perfect director and a perfect actor–but if the writing is great, you always get into the game.”
Screenwriter Mark D. Rosenthal (Mona Lisa Smiles, The Jewel of the Nile)
Tales from the Script/ Edited by Peter Hanson & Paul Robert Herman
page 85

Scott W. Smith

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This weekend I picked up the book Tales from the Script; 50 Hollywood Screenwriters Share Their Stories edited by Peter Hanson and Paul Robert Herman. The book flows from a 105-minute film that is a series of interviews with–I’m guessing 50–screenwriters including Shane Black (Lethal Weapon),  Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) and William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid). Visit the Tales from the Script website to learn about screenings in L.A. and New York in March or to order the DVD which will begin shipping also in March.

The book is full of more quotes that reinforce what I’ve been blogging about here for the last two years. I’ll pull a few quotes from it this week beginning right here:

“The first screenplay you write is rarely going to be sold and made into a movie, but it might be a good sample to get you hired to write something else. I probably wrote a dozen scripts before I ever got paid to do one.”
Screenwriter Mick Garris (The Stand, Amazing Stories, Master of Horror)

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