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5
Apr

THE POWER OF FILM

“Howard Suber’s understanding of film storytelling fills the pages of this wise, liberating book. Much of it is surprisingly contrary to what ‘everyone knows.’ A remarkable work.”

                                                   — Francis Ford Coppola

“Filmmakers, scholars, and anyone else with a serious interest in film can rejoice. A fascinating and thought-provoking work.”

                                                   — Alexander Payne

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1
Mar

Mike Medavoy – Foreword to Letters to Young Filmmakers

“I knew after reading Howard Suber’s previous book, The Power of Film, that he knew a lot about what makes a film great as well as knowing the inner workings of filmmaking. He captured so well what I had to learn through decades of making over three hundred films and heading two studios. So I insisted that everyone working for me had to read his book. I explained to them that this was a guy who understands the creative process, and can explain not only how things work in films, but why they work.

Now, Suber has done it again. Letters to Young Filmmakers is a treasure trove of what all of us need to know about how films get made, not just writers but directors, producers and, yes, studio heads.

It is obvious from the fact that students of Howard Suber who graduated 20 or 30 years ago still keep up with him that he has had a continuing effect on their lives. It is also obvious that he makes learning about film and the film business fun and, at the same time, profound. He is a man many admire inside the industry, not only for the students who have studied with him (some of whom I’ve worked with) but also because he has often been a consultant in various capacities to several studios.   Read more »

23
Feb

LETTERS TO YOUNG FILMMAKERS – Recommendations

“Letters to Young Filmmakers is full of wisdom, insight, anecdote, and knowledge distilled from years of experience, relationships, and contempla­tion. His genuine understanding of how the film business operates makes his advice to young filmmakers sound, inspiring and, above all, useful.”

— Geoffrey Gilmore, Director, Sundance Film Festival, 1990-2010; Chief Creative Officer, Tribeca Enterprises.

“Wise, kind, and direct. Howard Suber’s advice is as piercing as Don Corleone  telling Michael who not to trust, and just as vital. I LOVE this book!”

— David Koepp, screenwriter Jurassic Park, Mission Impossible, Spider-Man, War of  the Worlds, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

“This master teacher of film provides us with a multitude of brilliant insights and sound, sage, advice. He has mentored generations of writers, directors, and producers with his intelligence and compassion for the art of film and the industry that sometimes manages to produce it.” 

— Tom Sherak, President, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.   Read more »

15
Feb

THE POWER OF FILM – Recommendations

“Those lucky enough to take Howard Suber’s legendary classes in UCLA’s Film School made many others want to read his book-in-progress. Now that he has delivered it, filmmakers, scholars, and anyone else with a serious interest in film can rejoice. A fascinating and thought-provoking work.”

— Alexander Payne – Director/Screenwriter, The Descendents, Sideways, About Schmidt, Election

 “Howard Suber’s understanding of film storytelling fills the pages of this wise, liberating book. Much of it is surprisingly contrary to what ‘everyone knows.’ A remarkable work.”

Francis Ford Coppola

What Aristotle did for drama, Howard Suber has now done for film. This is a profound and succinct book that is miraculously fun to read.”

–David Koepp – Screenwriter
War of the Worlds, Spider-Man, Mission Impossible, Jurassic Park            Read more »