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“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 is an astute publisher who knows how, with his colleague Ken Lee, to take care of a writer and promote his work in innovative ways. Working with him has been a very pleasant learning experience. I highly recommend him in any of his endeavors.”
Paul Chitlik , Professor , UCLA
RewriteMentor.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“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 is a great documentary film maker!”
Alan O'Hashi , Festival Director, Boulder Asian Film Festival
Alanhashi.com“Michael is a wealth of knowledge, insight and inspiration. I have worked with him as a publisher (of my books) as a director (I was consultant and co-producer) as writer (he has written novels, screenplays and some amazing books on filmmaking) and as a student (when I was teaching). No matter Michael's role, or mine, Michael has always led me to a greater understanding of the filmmaking process. His insights are amazing, his knowledge is deep and valuable and his passion and persistence always inspire the rest of us to overcome the constant flow of obstacles. I highly recommend Michael as a participant and ally in any project.”
Mark W Travis , Creative Consultant
Mark W Travis
MarkWTravis.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 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“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"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/"The first step in the difficult journey of filmmaking and screenwriting is knowledge of the craft and industry. The books from Michael Wiese Productions will start you in the right direction and serve as reliable reference points on your path to success."
Shelly Mellott, Script Magazine