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One suspects that writers in Tales from the Script might have more to say about the art and the joy of creating, but Hanson seems less interested in their craft, spending much of the film allowing the writers to vent about the industry.
Manages to be fun and informative without tipping too far into the dark side; it favors war stories over horror stories.
In Peter Hanson's dishy documentary Tales From the Script, 46 screenwriters gab agreeably about the tribulations of their profession.
Bulletin from Hollywood: Screenwriters are anxious and whiny.
Tales is all medium-shot chatter clumped together under cutesy chapter heads and scored to chirpily repetitive Muzak.
Serves more as practical discouragement, working off the idea that would-be writers are mostly deluded and starry-eyed, and what this movie can do is hammer in the reality.
A cultured curio that offers up an unblinking look at the delicate balancing act between art and commerce that is screenwriting, and moviemaking in general.
an inside perspective of what the big talents on the pedestal of major filmmaking success talk (and bitch) about.
[It] isn't shocking or surprising, but often amusing, honest and filled with interesting kernels of confessions from a wide range of lively screenwriters.
Tales from the Script, which is an awful title that no decent screenwriter would ever choose, is a documentary that features nearly 50 of the film industry's most notable screenwriters talking about their craft and the business it serves.
Essential viewing for any would-be or struggling screenwriters--all screenwriters struggle--Peter Hanson's uninvitingly titled documentary is a pretty straightforward affair. That's not a bad thing.
A disappointingly unimaginative documentary made with no cinematic flair at all -- more reminiscent of DVD bonus content than anything. It is simply a series of interviews with more and less known script writers, cut together. The interviews are fine and at times insightful, it's just that it is nothing more than a long series of interviews with screen writers, split up into chapters, with each chapter introduced by a little movie scene about screenwriting. A wasted effort, all in all.
To be honest, I was disappointed that the documentary "Tales from the Script" had less to do with the art of screenwriting than in oft-told tales of how to survive as a writer in Hollywood, especially in this day and age of blockbusters and franchises. Basically, the screenwriters testify(with a wide variety from the best to the worst) how this came about due to Hollywood films being a collaborative art form but one where the screenwriters have little say in the finished product after input from actors, producers, directors and caterers.(But wouldn't "The Social Network" prove this line of thinking wrong?) Most of this interference is viewed as negative while some is actually kind of helpful. Where the documentary goes wrong is in taking an anecdotal approach instead of an academic one to investigate the script changes which is what Harlan Ellison has done elsewhere for decades for his television scripts. Because how else are we to honestly judge if the scripts are any good in the first place? For example, you can see how much better "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" is on television where Joss Whedon had more control of his creation, than as a movie. Plus, it would have been nice to have some directors and producers on hand to either counter or agree with the writers. And if you're going to reference movies about Hollywood writers, how could you leave out "The Player?"
A detailed and informative documentative stance on the role of the screenwriters in the film process. Interviews with such greats as Frank Darabont and Billy Ray gave an aspiring view to all screenwriters working today.
Fun, if not slightly depressing, documentary on screen writing and the business of Hollywood. I'd have loved to catalog all of the footage for this though.
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