Friday, November 30, 2012

The Wall Street Journal Features Screenwriter/ Author Neil Landau

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Neil Landau, author of new Book Soup Bestseller The Screenwriter's Roadmap: 21 Ways to Jumpstart Your Story and screenwriter of Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead, is featured by The Wall Street Journal. Read the interview and Landau's "Seven Deadly Sins of Screenwriting," here: http://on.wsj.com/Uagelw

Landau's most recent screenwriting work is the new 3D animated feature, Tad, The Lost Explorer which opened #1 at the Spanish box office and remained at #1 for 5 consecutive weeks, out grossing Pixar, Dreamworks, "The Hunger Games," "The Dark Knight Rises," has become the highest grossing animated film in Spain's history, and is Spain's #1 box office movie of the year. Order The Screenwriter's Roadmap on Amazon.com here.

Each chapter is augmented by end of chapter "homework" assignments, examples from recent blockbusters and timeless classic films, as well as interviews with some of Hollywood's most successful screenwriters including Scott Z. Burns (Contagion), Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton, The Bourne Legacy), Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island), David Koepp (Spider Man), Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can), Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close), David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises), Billy Ray (The Hunger Games), Melissa Rosenberg (the Twilight trilogy), Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air), and many others.

In this book, Landau, an established Hollywood screenwriter and script doctor, provides 21 questions for you to ask yourself as you write, to help you nail down your screenplay's story structure, deepen its character arcs, bolster stakes, heighten suspense, and diagnose and repair its potential weaknesses. Originally created as a handout for Landau's UCLA screenwriting class, these vital "21 Questions To Keep You On Track" have been field-tested and utilized in the creation of some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters and critically acclaimed films.

About The Author:

Neil Landau is co-author of the bestselling 101 Things I Learned in Film School (Grand Central Publishing, 2010). His numerous film and television credits include the cult teen comedy "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead," and the new 3D animated feature "Tad, The Lost Explorer" (Paramount, 2012) - which just opened #1 at the box office in Spain, with subsequent premieres in China, France, UK, Russia, and landing a U.S. distribution deal with Vivendi in 2013.

In addition to his numerous TV credits, including "Melrose Place," "The Magnificent Seven," "Doogie Howser, M.D.," "The Secret World of Alex Mack," "Twice in a Lifetime," MTV's "Undressed," plus one-hour drama TV pilots for CBS, ABC, Warner Bros., Disney, and Lifetime, Neil is also an in-demand script consultant, and worked for Sony Pictures, Freemantle, and Universal; Pictures. He is currently serving as Executive Producer on several new TV projects, for HBO-Europe and Fox TV Studios.

He currently teaches in the MFA in Screenwriting and Producing Programs at both UCLA School of Film & Television (his alma mater), and USC School of Cinematic Arts.

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