This article posted with permission from The Writers Store. (http://writersstore.com) For years I gently browbeat my students. ‘Dig deeper,’ I said. ‘The best stories are about the human heart.’ I wasn’t quite sure what I meant. I knew I didn’t mean that old Hollywood saw ’ throw in some love interest! I meant something closer [...]
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Testimonials“I've known and worked with Michael for over 25 years, both at Vestron Video and on independent projects as well. Michael's love for his craft has allowed him to excel in everything he does. Whether it is making movies or writing books, Michael's extraordinary creativity and desire to teach emerges. It has always be a pleasure professionally and personally to work with him.”
Janice Whiffen , National Sales Director, Vestron Video
Janice Whiffen“I was an avid consumer of Michael's books on the media business; so, it was a great pleasure, and honor to work with him on the PBS Home Video label at Pacific Arts. As an industry expert and former acquisitions executive at a respected home entertainment company, Michael provided great insight for identifying marketable product, and negotiating the licenses for distribution. Titles such as "The Astronomers," "Eyes on the Prize" and "Masterpiece Theatre" were tentpole releases in the early days of PBS Home Video. His efforts were key to establishing the success the label enjoys today. I am happy (and not at all surprised) to see he has achieved much success in his multi-faceted career.”
Greg Boegner , Director, Acquisitions , Pacific Arts & PBS Home Video
Greg Boegner“Michael, as a filmmaker himself, understands more than other publishers the artistry of TV and filmmaking. It was my great pleasure and honor to have him and MWP publish my humor how-to, WHAT ARE YOU LAUGHING AT? The creative freedom and support he gave me were idyllic.” Ja
Brad Schreiber , Vice President, Storytech Literary Consulting
BraShcyber.com"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 is a hard-working book publisher and filmmaker with a sense of ethics. He offers creative artists a variety of opportunities to express themselves and his company supports their work through long-range global efforts. If you have a great idea for a project dealing with film, video or new media I recommend that you send him a proposal.” April 14, 2009
Marcie Begleiter , Author, Michael Wiese Productions
MarcieBegleiter.com“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 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“I've known Michael for more than 25 years and worked with him on various projects throughout that time span. His creativity and insight as a producer and promoter never failed to energize his support team in untold ways. His named connected with a project always brings a enthusiastic response from my staff because we know newsworthiness and originality will be the hallmarks of our campaign on his behalf.”
Joseph Dera , CEO, Dera, Roslan, Campion
DRCPublicRelations.com“Michael Wiese is one of those rare breed of seminar providers: He's a practitioner as well. With hours and hours of incredibly useful antidotes and insider tips, Michael left us all breathless and inspired.” Elliot Grove, Founder and Director of Raindance, London
RainDance.co.uk“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"I've read many of Michael Wiese's line of books, and I haven't found a clinker among 'em. The writers are people in the trenches, people who've been there and done that. Further, they've come out the other side wiser, braver, and willing to share their insights. Since the bewildering field of film slides between craft and art, a new or experienced filmmaker needs some maps. Michael Wiese's books are road signs."
Mary J. Schirmer, absolutewrite.com
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