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Cut to the Chase: Writing Feature Films with the Pros at UCLA Extension Writers’ Program

Cut to the ChaseMillions of people dream of writing a screenplay but don’t know how to begin, or are already working on a script but are stuck and need some targeted advice. Or maybe they have a great script, but no clue about how to navigate the choppy waters of show business. Enter Cut to the Chase, written by professional writers who teach in UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, whose alumni’s many credits include Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl; Twilight; and the Academy Award nominated Letters from Iwo Jima. From learning how to identify story ideas that make a good movie to opening career doors and keeping them open, this authoritative, comprehensive, and entertaining book, edited by Writers’ Program Director Linda Venis, will be the film-writing bible for decades to come.

Cut to the Chase is a great value for aspiring screenwriters, leveraging the knowledge of many Extension instructors with the collective experience of 20 produced feature films in one volume.  From the inception of the idea to the post business of taking meetings and pitching, this book has it all.” ~Iris Yamashita, Academy Award Nominee for Letters from Iwo Jima

“Cut to the Chase cuts the fat out of the screenwriting process. It’s lean and mean without being intimidating. I think it’s incredibly smart and cuts close to the bone of what really makes a great movie; less is really more with these wise guides taking the grizzle out of process!”  ~Karen Leigh Hopkins (Because I Said So, Stepmom)

View On-camera Interviews with Authors from Cut to the Chase here.

Cut to the Chase is available wherever books are sold.