Tales from the Script

Tales from the Script

Director: Peter Hanson Cast: Allison Anders, Jane Anderson, Doug Atchison

DVD (Full Frame)


While the director is usually seen as the key creative figure behind a film, it's the screenwriter who writes the story that puts a picture into motion, and 46 noted scenarists offer an inside look at the art and industry politics of working in Hollywood in this documentary. Ranging from Academy Award-winning veterans to budding writers who've just gotten their feet in the door. Tales From the Script gives these artists a chance to talk about the craft of screenwriting, its place in the filmmaking process, and the paradox that while a movie may start with a great script, that doesn't mean that what was written will necessarily show up onscreen. (As Dennis Palumbo, who wrote My Favorite Year, puts it, "Writers are egomaniacs with low self-esteem.") Including exclusive interviews with William Goldman, Frank Darabont, Paul Schrader, Larry Cohen, David S. Ward, Ron Shelton, and John Carpenter, Tales From the Script received its world premiere at the 2009 Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/20/2010
UPC: 0720229914222
Original Release: 2009
Rating: NR
Source: First Run Features
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:45:00

Special Features

Bonus film: More tales from the script (47 min.) - fascinating unheard stories from the top screenwriters; Bonus film: The gospel according to Bill (12 min.) - The wit and wisdom of author/screenwriter William Goldman ; Bonus film: Advice for new screenwriters (9 min.) - Priceless tips and inspiration for beginners

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Allison Anders Participant
Jane Anderson Participant
Doug Atchison Participant
John August Participant
Shane Black Participant
John Brancato Participant
John Carpenter Participant
Larry Cohen Participant
Frank Darabont Participant
Steven E. de Souza Participant
Gerald Di Pego Participant
Mark Fergus Participant
Antwone Quenton Fisher Participant
Naomi Foner Participant
Joe Forte Participant
Josh Friedman Participant
Mick Garris Participant
William Goldman Participant
David Hayter Participant
Peter Hyams Participant
Michael January Participant
Steve Koren Participant
Jonathan Lemkin Participant
Andrew W. Marlowe Participant
Mark O'Keefe Participant
Dennis Palumbo Participant
Zak Penn Participant
Daniel Pyne Participant
Billy Ray Participant
Adam Rifkin Participant
José Rivera Participant
Mark Rosenthal Participant
Ari B. Rubin Participant
Bruce Joel Rubin Participant
Richard Rush Participant
Paul Schrader Participant
Melville Shavelson Participant
Ron Shelton Participant
Ronald Shusett Participant
Stephen Susco Participant
Guinevere Turner Participant
Kriss Turner Participant
David S. Ward Participant
James L. White Participant
Michael Wolk Participant
Kris Young Participant
Justin Zackham Participant

Technical Credits
Peter Hanson Director,Cinematographer,Producer,Screenwriter
Rick D'Avino Executive Producer
J.D. Funari Editor
Paul Robert Herman Producer,Screenwriter
Pamela Murphy Executive Producer
T.J. Raider Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Tales from the Script
1. Introduction [1:18]
2. Anybody Can Do That [5:44]
3. Food Stamps and Good Wishes [6:14]
4. Nobody Wants Your Stuff [5:39]
5. It's a Movie [7:16]
6. Freefall [10:30]
7. A Post-Content Era [5:00]
8. Chopped and Mashed [8:13]
9. Always Sit on the Couch [6:12]
10. Visitation Rights [9:47]
11. All Sixteen Feet of Him [7:38]
12. You'll Do Another One [11:03]
13. One Really Good Sentence [7:37]
14. A Last Laugh Business [9:34]
15. Credits [2:15]

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