Thursday, May 20, 2010

101 Things I Learned in Film School by Neil Landau with Matthew Frederick

Hachette Book Group kindly sent me this book for review. It's a fun book to read with lots of great information!

Each page has a bullet idea, short and sweet, with a couple of paragraphs to make the point.

It's easy to read, is in form that is memorable, and much of what is said could also be applied to writing. I found it very useful and that the points made were very pertinent.

One point was: Conceal the action. Don't show them everything, make them imagine part of it. And that immediately brought to mind the Columbo shows. He had a wife and talked about the Mrs. a lot, but you never got to see her. It kept you watching the show, though!

Another point: Film, novel, television or stage? They talk about the best venue for your writing. One amazing point for me was that they pointed out that MASH was a novel, movie, television series and stage production. I never knew it was a novel, I just loved the movie.

There are many points in this book. Who knows which ones will talk to you and which ones will give you a push in learning to write better films?

Hachette has agreed to provide copies of this book for giveaway.

If you would like to have a copy of this book, follow the two steps below:

1) Leave a comment here on the blog;

2) Send me an email at info @ (take the spaces out) with your name and address and why you would like to win the book.

I'll pick the winners in about a week.

Additional note: Brianne Beers will be interviewing this author on June 2nd at 1 PM. The link to the show is: Go listen and learn more about the film industry!


Anonymous said...

My nephew would love this book! He is going to college in the fall and is majoring in film.


SusanB said...

I have a student that works for me and is majoring in film. I believe this book would be beneficial as he begins his career next year.

Anonymous said...

101 Things I Learned In Film School sounds like the perfect book for both established screenwriters and wannabes. There
is always something more to learn. For the moment, I am bogged down in awkward transitions, compounded by the major question
surrounding certain scenes and whether or not they are even necessary. I need a more objective viewpoint -- similar to that of the author's. Help!!

Nicole K/GothamGal said...

I would love to win this, as I participate in Script Frenzy (writing a 100 page script in the month of april) as well as act as the leader of the akron, ohio group--it would be a great reference!
Thanks for the chance, and thanks to Hachette for their offer!