Writing Movies for Fun and Profit by Thomas Lennon & Robert Ben Garant

Writing Movies for Fun and Profit

By Thomas Lennon & Robert Ben Garant

  • Release Date: 2011-07-05
  • Genre: Film
Score: 4.5
From 75 Ratings
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This is the only screenwriting guide by two guys who have actually done it (instead of some schmuck who just gives lectures about screenwriting at the airport Marriott); “These guys are proof that with no training and little education, ANYONE can make it as a screenwriter” (Paul Rudd).

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. (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 stacks of money!

This is the only screenwriting book you will ever need (because all other ones pretty much suck). In these pages, Garant and Lennon provide the kind of priceless tips you won’t find anywhere else, including:

-The art of pitching
-Getting your foot in the door
-Taking notes from movie stars
-How to get fired and rehired
-How to get credit and royalties!

And most important: what to buy with the huge piles of money you’re going to make!

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 Bündchen 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 the greater Washington, DC, region.


  • Awesome read!

    By SpecializedBike
    Super fun read, very informative, can't wait for their next book.
  • Very enjoyable and informative

    By Mavrick198
    A fascinating and FUNNY look into the movie industry. I enjoyed it immensely even though I have no plans to ever write a screenplay - though that may change as they included several pure gold story ideas completely FREE with the book.

    By JonDenison5
    This masterpiece created a raging alcoholic. Four glorious stars!
  • Good buy

    By Whitegeorge
    Kinda sad I'm done with reading the book. Being a writer, it means I have to go back to writing and stop eating twinkies and reading a book about writing. The funny thing I learned from reading "writing for fun and profit" is, I like reading about writing, more then I actually like writing. I truly enjoyed the read, I laughed, and I learned. I've read "Save the cat" by Blake Snyder, which was a great book for formatting and writing a script, but, "writing for fun and profit" really get's in to detail about the real Hollywood. It answered a lot of questions I've had about the business which was worth my $10.99 alone. Is it for everyone? Of course not. In my opinion, it's perfect for the writer that has just got a foot in the door. For a novice writer like myself, who does a lot of online sketch comedy, it really inspired me and will hopefully help/prepare me in the future. A lot of the book is filler that has nothing to do with the actual process of writing or selling a script, but it does keep you from getting bored, which I found refreshing. Overall, great read. 4/5 stars.
  • Buy this (not that they need the money)

    By jlc371
    Real insiders' perspective here and a breeze to read. I read it in two days and I rarely finish most books due to boredom and add