What is the true source of unity in a great story and how is that unity achieved? According to the dictionary, unity is the state of being one. And today it is generally agreed that a story should be about one thing ’ but what is that one thing? Is it the subject, the theme, [...]
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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"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
FinalDraft.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 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“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 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“From an author’s perspective, working with Michael and his wonderful team at MWP is a pleasure from beginning to end. Clear communication, unwavering support and deep commitment to creating quality books in a field which he knows and loves are key qualities which Michael brings to the table. In a professional relationship which goes back to 2004, I have found Michael and Ken Lee to be patient, consistent and willing to work in detail with authors towards producing books about which everyone involved can feel proud. Ellen Besen, author Animation Unleashed, Michael Wiese Productions”
Ellen Besen , Owner, The Zachary Schwartz Institute for Animation Filmmaking
Ellen Besen"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“Michael is a smart, author-friendly publisher, expert in the field of filmmaking, who always looks for creative ways to put the leading titles on the market, and to promote those titles into a leading position in the market.”
Chris Riley , Author, The Hollywood Standard, Michael Wiese Productions
ScriptHollyWood.com"In a sea of filmmaking self-help books, the practical primers from Michael Wiese Productions always stand out." FILMMAKER Magazine
"MWP Books allows you, the reader, to explore the various aspects of the Entertainment Industry. Their writers give you a hands-on experience on the tricks of the trade and tips on how to successfully build a desired career. From screenwriting, to budgeting, to directing and production management, the Michael Wiese books should be your guide."
Chris Robertson, Hollywood Writers Block