This article posted with permission from The Writers Store. (http://writersstore.com) The purpose of story, as I see it, is to guide us to our full potential and the nature of story is to conceal that purpose in an enticing sugar coat (the entertainment dimensions) that lures us into the experience. But if the purpose is [...]
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Testimonials“Michael Wiese is a fabulous publisher. In 2003 he published my book, “First Time Director – How to Make Your Breakthrough Movie.” He was everything I would hope for in a publisher. Writing a book is a daunting task and Michael gave me much needed support every step of the way. He encouraged me and gave direction to my thinking, whenever it was needed. He told me what to cut out and what to compress. He helped me shape my ideas into a product that he could sell. When the book was done, he did a brilliant job of putting it out and promoting it. He provided me with a proof-reader who was a joy to work with, and who successfully eliminated every typo, misspelling and grammatical error from the manuscript. The cover art and design of the text and illustrations was classy and eye-pleasing. And Michael and his very savvy partner, Ken Lee, knew just how to market the book to its target audience. In addition, Michael has been unfailingly honest and fair in all of our business dealings. I have recommended him as a publisher to all of my colleagues in academia and the film industry who want to publish a how-to book on filmmaking. One, David Worth, has recently published a book through Michael Wiese Productions, and another, Ross Brown, has a contract with Michael and is currently completing his manuscript. They both report to me that my glowing assessment of Michael as a publisher is 100% accurate and thank me repeatedly for referring them to him.” January 18, 2009
Gil Bettman , Professor, Chapman University
FTV.Chapman.edu“Michael is a top quality film and video professional, equally expert in tapping new trends in the fast evolving marketplace and in connecting effectively with the consumer. I value his skills as a producer and a collaborator and look forward to working with him again.”
Nora Ryan , SVP, Marketing , Showtime Networks
Nora Ryan“As Director of Eastman Kodak's Worldwide Student Filmmaker Program, I had the pleasure of working with Michael for several years presenting workshops for student filmmakers at the International Cannes Film Festival. Kodak sponsored student interns (over a hundred) working in The American Pavilion during the Cannes film festival---these interns were students interested in production and the motion picture business from dozens of the top film schools in the US and Canada, and around the world. For several years in the early 2000s, Michael presented a full day workshop to these interns which dealt with independent film production, financing, development, and marketing and distribution. Of all the great things that happened to these students while at Cannes, Michael's seminar was always a distinct highlight of their experience. He is a natural presenter who knows the nuances of the entire spectrum of independent production from a true insider's perspective. He was spontaneous and creative with the students, and very skilled at involving them with Q&A and other activity. His development tutorials are still being talked about by those who were there. The students always gave him high marks, he delivered on Kodak's goals to promote film and understanding of the business, and it was a delight working with such an accomplished professional.”
John Mason, Director of Eastman Kodak’s Worldwide Student Filmmaker Program
FilmBigIsland.com“Michael and I were in many team meetings that planned the overall "on-air" marketing strategy and program planning "glue" that is interstitial programming (tune-ins, animation, bumpers, promos, shorts, interviews, etc.). I worked closely with Michael, as program research director, in helping determine what the goals and success metrics of that programming were from consumer perspective. I remember specifically Michael's ability to accommodate the needs of so many different departments within Showtime leveraging the interstitial programming as an asset. I learned a lot from him, as well. His creative, executional and managerial insight were impressive and I recall in what high regard he was held.”
Jerilyn Kessel , Director Program Research, Showtime Networks
Jerilyn Kessel“Michael creates the best film making books in the industry, from creating a film concept to getting it sold, and all of the execution steps of working with actors, location, filming, and post production. The books are professional yet can also be used by aspiring film makers. Michael and his team including Ken Lee are well known in the film and publishing industry.”
Howard Fisher , Managing Director, The Fisher Company
TheFisherCompany.com“Michael is a real pro in everything he does; efficient and with vision. Good to have in your network.”
Julian Friedmann , Director, Publisher, Editor, ScriptWriter Magazine
BlakeFriedmann.co.uk“Michael is a forward-thinking publisher. His company provides a great environment for authors.”
Sheldon Bull , Writer , Elephantbucks.com
Elephantbucks.com“Michael Wiese has been dedicated to furthering the art and science of film making for over four decades. He continues to see the unique side of the story and to tell it extremely well. In addition to making his art, he has mentored and encouraged dozens, if not hundreds, of other film and video artists. If you have a chance to be involved in a project or to consult with Michael, and you don't grasp that opportunity--then you will have missed a valuable connection. Get to know Michael Wiese.’
P. LaBarbera, Creative Director/Concept Developer, studied with Michael at Rochester Institute of Technology
P. LaBarbera"Working with Michael and Ken and having a book published by MWP has been one of the most impactful events of my life. I am not kidding! When I wrote Save The Cat! I knew there were many books on screenwriting out there, but from the start Michael and Ken made me feel like mine was special and have been as interested, and sometimes more so, in all the success the book has brought me. And they have personally given me many of those opportunities.
When the book first came out, Michael invited me to a Chicago event featuring film teachers from all over the world, I went, met several great people who gave me jobs giving seminars on my book's methods. Later, after I had begun lecturing all over the country because of this, Michael invited me to be the featured screenwriting teacher at his arts festival event in Cornwall, England. I was able to come over to the UK, promote my book, and make all new friends and contacts internationally because of this.
From my normal job, slaving away in the trenches of Hollywood, trying to write and sell scripts, this adventure with Michael and Ken has given me a new and very exciting life I never thought was possible. I am now writing the sequel to my first book and have been asked to write three Cat! books in all. I am so grateful to the company Michael and Ken have started, it is human, caring, fun, fulfilling and enterprising. One of the best businesses I have ever been associated with and two of the finest people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I love these guys!!!"
Blake Synder, author of Save the Cat
BlakeSnyder.com/“Michael helped us quite a lot in the early years of PBS Home Video. Although it seems obvious now, at the time few people purchased, rather than rented, videos. Michael's imagination, creativity and wise counsel helped us design several of our cornerstone releases and to help build a brand-new market.”
Al Cattabiani, President PBS Home Video
IThentic.com“When I wrote my book about freelance writing for Michael's publishing shingle, he was always supportive, encouraging, and forthcoming. He is also an effective regular communicator and takes a personal interest in all of the projects that come to his company. Furthermore, Michael is an accomplished filmmaker - his HARDWARE WARS was a cult classic!!!”
Scott Essman , Owner, Visionary Cinema