This article posted with permission from The Writers Store. (http://writersstore.com) Comedy has always taken a supporting role to the more serious Hollywood genres. During this awards season, it’s easy to recognize the year’s great dramas and epics; however, 2003 was a good year for well-written comedy and romantic comedy. And the one upstart film that [...]
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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“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“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/“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“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“Michael is a forward-thinking publisher. His company provides a great environment for authors.”
Sheldon Bull , Writer , Elephantbucks.com
Elephantbucks.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 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 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
“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