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“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“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 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“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 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“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 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 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