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The Dialogue: Learning From The Masters - Paul Attanasio

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

"What's so interesting to me about writing screenplays is, it's all about what you say and also what you don't say in the screenplay"
- Paul Attanasio

A self-described "poet of pain," Paul Attanasio has forged a highly respected career as a master of challenging film adaptations. His nuanced and gripping screenplays for Quiz Show and Donnie Brasco earned him Oscar nominations, and he brought sexy, character-driven life to the Michael Crichton page-turner, Disclosure.

The Bronx-born writer created the acclaimed Peabody Award-winning television show Homicide: Life on the Street, and he serves as executive producer of the popular medical drama, House, M.D. Also a frequently hired script doctor, Attanasio most recently adapted the post-World War II novel The Good German for director Steven Soderbergh.

In this intense dialogue, Attanasio describes how he went from lambasting movies as a "snotty" Washington Post film critic to developing explosive and rewarding creative partnerships with Oscar-winning directors Robert Redford, Barry Levinson, and Soderbergh.

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: 03/31/2007
  • Return policy: This item is not eligible for return.

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Meet the Author: Paul Attanasio

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