Whether it’s Zach Braff or the team behind Veronica Mars, Kickstarter has become a viable way for filmmakers to truly get their project off the ground. But what about individuals who want to make it in the entertainment industry as screenwriters?
Of course there’s tons of books out there for wannabe scribes, and if you’ve lived in Los Angeles, there’s a good chance you’ve thumbed through Screenplay by Syd Field, Aristotle’s classic Poetics, Story by Robert McKee and even Joseph Campbell’s seminal work The Hero With A Thousand Faces. These are all interesting and enlightening looks on how to shape a narrative (most people, however, would err on the side of Aristotle and Campbell).
Gary W. Goldstein, a producer whose credits include Pretty Woman, Under Siege, and the highly underrated supernatural drama The Mothman Prophecies, is working on a book which aims to help fledgling writers navigate their way through the shark infested, networking crazed canals of Hollywood. Goldstein’s Kickstarter goal is to raise $12,000 by Friday, May 24th, and as of this post $2,238 has already been pledged.
The $12K will go to a professional editor, jacket design, and most importantly an initial, independent print run of 1,000 copies. For a minimum $15 pledge, Kickstarter backers will receive a digital copy of the book when it comes out. If you have deep pockets, the top pledge (available for 1 bidder) is at $4,000, and that level gets you a featured guest spot on Goldstein’s upcoming web series Naked Wisdom.
Check out Goldstein’s video below and judge for yourself if this interesting screenwriting “how-to” is worth a shot:
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