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The Dialogue: Learning From The Masters - Jose Rivera

At a Glance

  • DVD series that goes behind the scenes of the screenwriting craft
  • Features in-depth interviews with screenwriters on work habits, methods and inspirations, secrets of the trade, business advice, and more
  • The writers' insights are indispensable tools for how to make your screenplays better and crack the Hollywood code

Jose Rivera's pivotal screenplay for The Motorcycle Diaries was one of the most celebrated works of 2005. It earned him Writers Guild, BAFTA and Academy Award nominations, and was his first major screenplay.

His foray into movies came after establishing himself as an award-winning playwright and a hugely accomplished writer for television, where his credits include co-creating and producing the critically-acclaimed television series "Eerie, Indiana." In this interview, Rivera discusses how his theater training helped pave the way to screenwriting and why he compares the writing process to building cabinets.

The Puerto Rican-born writer also talks about his latest project, the adaptation of Jack Kerouac's literary classic On the Road, which re-pairs him with Diaries director Walter Salles.

About The Dialogue Series: 

THE DIALOGUE: Learning From the Masters is a groundbreaking interview series that goes behind the scenes of the fascinating craft of screenwriting. In these extensive in-depth discussions with savvy industry interviewers, more than two-dozen of today's most successful screenwriters share their work habits, methods and inspirations, secrets of the trade, business advice, and eye-opening stories from life in the trenches of the film industry. Each screenwriter discusses his or her filmography in great detail and breaks down the mechanics of one favorite scene from their produced work.

The subjects include Oscar® winners and nominees like Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby), Callie Khouri (Thelma and Louise), Bruce Joel Rubin (Ghost), and Paul Attanasio (Quiz Show, Donnie Brasco); comedy masters like Peter & Bobby Farrelly (There's Something About Mary, Stuck on You) and Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel (Parenthood, City Slickers, Fever Pitch); big-budget writers like Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci (The Legend of Zorro, M:i:III), Scott Rosenberg (Con Air, Beautiful Girls), and Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich, In Her Shoes); and industry mavericks like Jim Uhls (Fight Club) and David S. Goyer (Dark City, Blade, Batman Begins).

These incisive discussions are essential viewing for anyone wanting to learn the screenwriting trade, film lovers of all types, and industry professionals in other fields. The writers' insights about the screenwriting life are rare and indispensable tools for how to make your screenplays better and crack the Hollywood code: the hard-earned practical and tactical wisdom of those already thriving in the industry.

It's powerful knowledge - straight from the source.

Product Details

  • Manufacturer The Dialogue
  • Date available: 01/01/2010
  • Publication date: 09/30/2006
  • Return policy: This item is not eligible for return.

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Meet the Author: Jose Rivera

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