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The Aspiring Screenwriter's Dirty Lowdown Guide to Fame and Fortune

The Aspiring Screenwriter's Dirty Lowdown Guide to Fame and Fortune

Tough Lessons You Need to Know to Take Your Script from Premise to Premiere

Andy Rose

St. Martin's Griffin

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A humorous and pithy guide to the craft of writing a screenplay and the business of being a screenwriter.

Seeing your name on the silver screen beneath the words "Written By" is a moment most writers only dream of. But for those daring and talented few, brave enough to take their hopes to Hollywood, there are clear and tangible steps to achieve that goal if one knows the path. The Aspiring Screenwriter's Dirty Lowdown Guide to Fame and Fortune provides that path. And Andy Rose has walked it.

With years of experience with every major film studio and network, and dozens of successful screenplays, Andy knows the business. He’s here to debunk the big screen and teach you how to write a blockbuster screenplay and equally important, how to sell it.

Andy has worked with the best: Ron Howard, Tom Hanks, David Geffen, and Jeff Katzenberg to name a few. He has filled this book with real life examples to learn from including contracts, screenplays, treatments, press, and more. For anyone who’s ever dreamed of writing a screenplay, for anyone who’s wondered how to sell one, this is a must read.

LESSON 1

NAME YOUR GENRE


What’s your favorite type of movie? The one where the brawny hero leaps into his sleek sports car and races the heinous villain down a treacherous mountain road? Or perhaps it’s an old-fashioned...

Praise for The Aspiring Screenwriter's Dirty Lowdown Guide to Fame and Fortune

"I was only intending to skim through Andy Rose's The Aspiring Screenwriter's Dirty Lowdown Guide to Fame and Fortune... and then next thing I knew, I'd read the whole thing. Rose's writing is that clear, accessible, and fun. In these chapters, he runs the gamut of screenwriting topics both craft- and career-related, and gets across astute observations and smart tips using perfectly chosen examples. The sections on the 'business side' in particular feel as no-nonsense and truthful as an email from your favorite mentor. I like, too, that Rose ventures beyond feature and TV writing to touch on other media, like graphic novels and video games. This book will be a pleasure for all beginner writers — and many experienced ones as well." —KELLY LEOW, Deputy Editor, MovieMaker Magazine

"Andy Rose’s Dirty Lowdown Guide to Fame and Fortune is one-stop shopping for all aspiring screenwriters. This book teaches you ‘how to’ and just as importantly ‘how not to’ write and sell your screenplay. It’s a fast and funny read told with a real screenwriter’s voice." —JIM BURNSTEIN, writer of Renaissance Man, D3: The Mighty Ducks, Love and Honor, and current Director of Screenwriting Program, University of Michigan.

"When I was first beginning my career, I was lucky enough to stumble into one of Andy Rose's screenwriting classes. His firsthand knowledge about the industry was invaluable to me as I started to navigate the same waters myself. But for those who aren’… More…

"I was only intending to skim through Andy Rose's The Aspiring Screenwriter's Dirty Lowdown Guide to Fame and Fortune... and then next thing I knew, I'd read the whole thing. Rose's writing is that clear, accessible, and fun. In these chapters, he runs the gamut of screenwriting topics both craft- and career-related, and gets across astute observations and smart tips using perfectly chosen examples. The sections on the 'business side' in particular feel as no-nonsense and truthful as an email from your favorite mentor. I like, too, that Rose ventures beyond feature and TV writing to touch on other media, like graphic novels and video games. This book will be a pleasure for all beginner writers — and many experienced ones as well." —KELLY LEOW, Deputy Editor, MovieMaker Magazine

"Andy Rose’s Dirty Lowdown Guide to Fame and Fortune is one-stop shopping for all aspiring screenwriters. This book teaches you ‘how to’ and just as importantly ‘how not to’ write and sell your screenplay. It’s a fast and funny read told with a real screenwriter’s voice." —JIM BURNSTEIN, writer of Renaissance Man, D3: The Mighty Ducks, Love and Honor, and current Director of Screenwriting Program, University of Michigan.

"When I was first beginning my career, I was lucky enough to stumble into one of Andy Rose's screenwriting classes. His firsthand knowledge about the industry was invaluable to me as I started to navigate the same waters myself. But for those who aren’t fortunate enough to have him as an instructor, this book is the next best thing. It’s chock-full of great advice and technical information, from crafting a saleable logline to building a network of contacts. For me, the best parts of the book are all of Andy’s stories from behind the scenes. My guess is that these real-life, unvarnished tales either encourage your screenwriting ambition or send you running back to your day job. Either way, you’ll have a sense of what a career in Hollywood is actually like." —MIKE ALBER, writer of Kirby Buckets, Supah Ninjas, and The Thundermans.

"There are no elaborate formulas, inciting incidents, or household pets that need to be rescued in Andy Rose’s Dirty Lowdown Guide. It is simply the clearest, most common sense approach to beginning a screenwriting career on the market today and the book you must read." —NORMAN STEINBERG, writer of Blazing Saddles, My Favorite Year, Cosby, and current head of the TV Writer’s Studio, Long Island University.

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Andy Rose

Andy Rose teaches screenwriting and television writing at Ohio State University. He has written and/or produced over two dozen projects for almost every major Hollywood studio and network, including the feature films McHale’s Navy and Splash Too; the TV movie The Richest Cat in the World; and the TV shows Life With Louie and UC: Undercover. A WGA member, he has also written numerous articles for MovieMaker Magazine, a national publication on independent filmmaking.

Andy Rose

St. Martin's Griffin

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