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“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
“I first met Michael when he was at Vestron Video and I was Editorial Director/Publisher at Videography magazine....some 30 years ago. Over the years we have both travelled many career paths, but Michael continues to amaze and inspire me in his chosen roles as successful book publisher, filmmaker and entrepreneur. What began has a professional relationship grew into a friendship that remains to this day. I won't list his credentials. You can find those elsewhere. What I will gladly attest to is his character, creativity, and loyalty. In short, a good man.”
John Rice , Publisher/Editorial Director, PSN/Media Horizons
KoMediaGroup.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 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 that rare media professional who is driven by a vision bigger than himself; an artist and businessman who is willing to take risks to create something fresh and meaningful or support those who are; someone who cares not just about the project but the people involved and the people who will be touched by the work. It has been my honor and pleasure to work with him and I can't recommend him enough!”
Derek Rydall , Owner, ScriptwriterCentral.com
DerekRydall.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
Mary J. Schirmer
Absolutewrite.com“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 is a life-changing publisher/director/producer who has great expectations and provides ongoing support and opportunity to all the people he comes in contact to and identifies as authors, friends, and/or filmmakers. He is an extraordinary human being who is always humming with ideas and sharing them with people in ways that enrich their lives and send them off in unexpected directions. Working with Michael and his right-hand man editor Ken Lee has been one of the best professional relationships that I've experienced. If you have a chance to take one of his seminars or be part of his circle in any way, drop everything and do it.” September 6, 2009
Gael Chandler , Author: Cut by Cut: How to Edit Your Film or Video , Michael Wiese Productions (Publisher)
JoyOfFilmEditing.com“Before I ever met Michael, I was purchasing many of the film books offered by his company and loving them. My interest in all things Himalayan led me to his film "Sacred Sites of the Dali Lamas", which I recommended to The Atlanta Film Festival. Since then, I've read his Bali screenplay and found it to be fascinating and very marketable. I can't wait for the opportunity to work with him on more than brainstorming marketing ideas for a film already completed. He's smart, understands the business as well as anyone, and has the drive and talent to create beautiful works of artful commerce.”
Linda Burns , Owner, Plexus Pictures
PlexusPictures.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 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