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Writing Movies for Fun and Profit

Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon's movies have made over a billion dollars at the box office--and now they show you "how to do it yourself!"


This book is full of secret insider information about how to conquer the Hollywood studio system: how to write, pitch, structure, and get drunk with the best of them. Well... maybe not the best of them, but certainly the most successful of them. (If you're aiming to win an Oscar, "this is not "the book for you!) But if you can type a little, and can read and speak English--then you too can start turning your words into $TACK$ OF MONEY!


In these pages, Garant and Lennon provide the kind of priceless tips you won't find anywhere else, including:


"Writing Movies for Fun and Profit "will take you through the highs and lows of life as a professional screenwriter. From the highs of hugging Gisele Bundchen, and getting kung fu punched by Jackie Chan, to the soul-crushing lows of "Herbie: Fully Loaded. "READ THIS BOOK--and you'll have everything you need to make your first billion the old-fashioned way--by "selling out" in show business!


A portion of the authors' proceeds from this book are being contributed to the USO of Metropolitan Washington, a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to serving active duty military members and their families in greater Washington, D.C., region.


Product Details
  • Date available: 07/05/2011
  • Publication date: 07/05/2011
  • Return policy: 30 days

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Robert Ben Garant & Thomas Lennon


ROBERT BEN GARANT was born in Cookeville, Tennessee. He spent the early 1990s appearing in Off-Off Broadway theaters (bars) in New York City with the comedy group The State. The State had a three-year run on MTV, then a forty-minute run on CBS. He then created, wrote, produced, and occasionally appeared in three seasons of Viva Variety on Comedy Central.


He was the co-creator, executive producer, and star of Comedy Central’s Reno 911! for six seasons. He lives in Hollywood with his three cats, Baby, Heaven, and Pikachu. (He didn’t name any of them.)


Since relocating to Los Angeles, he has written feature film scripts for Disney, New Line, Dimension, Spyglass, Imagine, Fox, Warner Brothers, Columbia, and Universal Pictures, as well as working on numerous production rewrites and punch-ups. His writing credits include screenplays for Taxi, Let’s Go to Prison, Herbie: Fully Loaded, The Pacifier, Night at the Museum, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, and Reno 911!: Miami and Balls of Fury, both of which he also directed. Next, he and collaborator Tom Lennon will write The Machine, starring Vin Diesel, for MGM.


He is currently adapting a manga by Tokihiko Matsuura for Disney.


THOMAS LENNON is a writer and comedian from Oak Park, Illinois. He attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where he cofounded the influential sketch comedy group The State. The State’s hit television series ran on MTV for three seasons and received an Ace Award nomination for best comedy series. After his work on The State, he and his partner, Robert Ben Garant, created two more hit shows: Viva Variety, which ran for three seasons and was also an Ace nominee for best comedy series, and Reno 911!, on which he also played Lieutenant Jim Dangle. Reno 911! ran for six seasons and was syndicated around the world.


As an actor, he has appeared in numerous films, including Le Divorce, Heights, Conversations with Other Women, Memento, 17 Again, and I Love You, Man.


As a writer, he has written for the television series The State, Reno 911!, Viva Variety, and Strangers with Candy, and he is the author of four of IFC’s 50 Greatest Comedy Sketches of All Time.


He and Garant have written many feature films together, including Night at the Museum, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Taxi, Reno 911!: Miami, Balls of Fury, The Pacifier, and the forthcoming The Machine, starring Vin Diesel, for MGM.


He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, the actress Jenny Robertson, and their son, Oliver.