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To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make ...
by Lawrence Levy

Language

English

Pages

248

Publication Date

November 01, 2016

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“Lovely and surprising . . . This delightful book is about finance, creative genius, workplace harmony, and luck.”—<b><i>Fortune</i></b><br /><br /> ”Enchanting,”—<b><i>New York Times</i></b><br /><br /> “I love this book! I think it is brilliant.”—<b>Ed Catmull,</b> cofounder and president of Pixar Animation, president of Disney Animation, and coauthor of the bestseller <i>Creativity Inc.</i><br /><br /><b>The revelatory saga of Pixar’s rocky start and improbable success</b><br /><br /> After Steve Jobs was dismissed from Apple in the early 1990s, he turned his attention to a little‑known graphics company he owned called Pixar. One day, out of the blue, Jobs called Lawrence Levy, a Harvard‑trained lawyer and executive to whom he had never spoken before. He hoped to persuade Levy to help him pull Pixar back from the brink of failure. <br /><br /> This is the extraordinary story of what happened next: how Jobs and Levy concocted and pulled off a highly improbable plan that transformed Pixar into one of Hollywood’s greatest success stories. Levy offers a masterful, firsthand account of how Pixar rose from humble beginnings, what it was like to work so closely with Jobs, and how Pixar’s story offers profound lessons that can apply to many aspects of our lives. <br /><br />  “Part business book and part thriller—a tale that’s every bit as compelling as the ones Pixar tells in its blockbuster movies. It’s also incredibly inspirational, a story about a team that took big risks and reaped the rewards . . . I loved this book and could not put it down.”—<b>Dan Lyons</b>, best-selling author of <i>Disrupted</i><br /><br /> “A natural storyteller, Levy offers an inside look at the business and a fresh, sympathetic view of Jobs.”<b><i>—Success Magazine</i></b><br /><br /><b>An Amazon Best Book of 2016 in Business & Leadership</b> • <b>A top pick on <i>Fortune</i>’s Favorite Booksof 2016 • A 2017 Axiom Business Book Award winner in Memoir/Biography</b>
Robin
by Dave Itzkoff

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English

Pages

527

Publication Date

May 15, 2018

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<p><b>From </b><b><i>New York Times</i></b><b> culture reporter Dave Itzkoff, the definitive biography of Robin Williams – a compelling portrait of one of America’s most beloved and misunderstood entertainers.</b><br /><b></b><br /><b></b>From his rapid-fire stand-up comedy riffs to his breakout role in <i>Mork & Mindy</i> and his Academy Award-winning performance in <i>Good Will Hunting</i>, Robin Williams was a singularly innovative and beloved entertainer. He often came across as a man possessed, holding forth on culture and politics while mixing in personal revelations – all with mercurial, tongue-twisting intensity as he inhabited and shed one character after another with lightning speed. </p><p>But as Dave Itzkoff shows in this revelatory biography, Williams’s comic brilliance masked a deep well of conflicting emotions and self-doubt, which he drew upon in his comedy and in celebrated films like <i>Dead Poets Society</i>; <i>Good Morning, Vietnam</i>; <i>The Fisher King</i>; <i>Aladdin</i>; and <i>Mrs. Doubtfire</i>, where he showcased his limitless gift for improvisation to bring to life a wide range of characters. And in <i>Good Will Hunting </i>he gave an intense and controlled performance that revealed the true range of his talent.</p><p>Itzkoff also shows how Williams struggled mightily with addiction and depression – topics he discussed openly while performing and during interviews – and with a debilitating condition at the end of his life that affected him in ways his fans never knew. Drawing on more than a hundred original interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, as well as extensive archival research, <i>Robin</i> is a fresh and original look at a man whose work touched so many lives.</p>
YouTube Secrets: The Ultimate Guide to Growing Your Following and...
by , Benji Travis

Language

English

Pages

196

Publication Date

September 25, 2018

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YouTube has changed our world—from how we view video to how we connect and market—opening a new entrepreneurial landscape to ambitious individuals. Thousands of people generate six to seven figures annually from online video content. And, with the right roadmap, you too could be en route to real influence and income.<br /><br />In YouTube Secrets, online video experts Sean Cannell and Benji Travis draw on a decade of experience as well as interviews with more than one hundred top creators to give you a step-by-step YouTube success playbook. You’ll learn<br /><br />• The seven essential ingredients for a profitable channel<br />• New strategies for getting views and subscribers<br />• Ten ways to make money on YouTube<br />• And much more<br /><br />Whether you’re a beginner or a veteran, this book will show you how to use YouTube to build a following, create a lucrative business, and make a massive impact in people’s lives.
Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need
by Blake Snyder

Language

English

Pages

215

Publication Date

May 25, 2005

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This ultimate insider's guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a show biz veteran who's proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat!
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the ...
by , Amy Wallace

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

April 08, 2014

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<b><b><b>From a co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios—the Academy Award–winning studio behind <i>Coco, Inside Out, </i>and <i>Toy Story</i>—comes an incisive book about creativity in business and leadership for readers of Daniel Pink, Tom Peters, and Chip and Dan Heath.</b></b><br /><br /> <b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER | NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>The Huffington Post</i> • <i>Financial Times</i> • <i>Success</i> • <i>Inc.</i> • <i>Library Journal</i></b><br /><br /></b><i>Creativity, Inc.</i> is a manual for anyone who strives for originality and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation—into the meetings, postmortems, and “Braintrust” sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made. It is, at heart, a book about creativity—but it is also, as Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull writes, “an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible.”<br /><br /> For nearly twenty years, Pixar has dominated the world of animation, producing such beloved films as the <i>Toy Story</i> trilogy, <i>Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Up, WALL-E, </i>and <i>Inside Out, </i>which have gone on to set box-office records and garner thirty Academy Awards. The joyousness of the storytelling, the inventive plots, the emotional authenticity: In some ways, Pixar movies are an object lesson in what creativity really <i>is</i>. Here, in this book, Catmull reveals the ideals and techniques that have made Pixar so widely admired—and so profitable.<br /><br /> As a young man, Ed Catmull had a dream: to make the first computer-animated movie. He nurtured that dream as a Ph.D. student at the University of Utah, where many computer science pioneers got their start, and then forged a partnership with George Lucas that led, indirectly, to his co-founding Pixar in 1986. Nine years later, <i>Toy Story</i> was released, changing animation forever. The essential ingredient in that movie’s success—and in the thirteen movies that followed—was the unique environment that Catmull and his colleagues built at Pixar, based on leadership and management philosophies that protect the creative process and defy convention, such as:<br /><br /> • Give a good idea to a mediocre team, and they will screw it up. But give a mediocre idea to a great team, and they will either fix it or come up with something better.<br /> • If you don’t strive to uncover what is unseen and understand its nature, you will be ill prepared to lead. <br /> • It’s not the manager’s job to prevent risks. It’s the manager’s job to make it safe for others to take them.<br /> • The cost of preventing errors is often far greater than the cost of fixing them. <br /> • A company’s communication structure should not mirror its organizational structure. Everybody should be able to talk to anybody.
GoPro: How To Use The GoPro HERO 7 Black
by Jordan Hetrick

Language

English

Pages

292

Publication Date

October 17, 2018

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The newest release <b>FROM THE #1 AMAZON BEST SELLING AUTHOR ON GoPro CAMERAS.</b><br /><br /><b>Specifically for the GoPro HERO 7 BLACK</b>, this is the perfect guide book for anyone who wants to learn how to use the GoPro HERO 7 Black camera to capture unique videos and photos.<br /><br />With more than 100+ color images, this book provides clear, step-by-step lessons to get you out there using your GoPro HERO 7 Black camera to document your life and your adventures.<br /><br />This book covers everything you need to know about using your GoPro HERO 7 Black camera. The book teaches you: <br /><ul><li>How to operate your camera</li> <br /><li>How to choose your settings</li> <br /><li>Tips for the most useful GoPro mounts</li> <br /><li>Vital photography/cinematography knowledge</li> <br /><li>Simple photo, video and time lapse editing techniques</li> <br /><li>and How to share your first edited video and photos</li></ul><br /><br />Through the SEVEN STEPS laid out in this book, you will understand your camera and learn how to use FREE software to finally do something with your results.<br /><br />This book is perfect for beginners, but also provides in depth knowledge that will be useful for intermediate camera users.<br /><br /><b>Written specifically for the GoPro HERO7 Black camera. </b>
The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller
by John Truby

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English

Pages

461

Publication Date

October 14, 2008

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<p>John Truby is one of the most respected and sought-after story consultants in the film industry, and his students have gone on to pen some of Hollywood's most successful films, including <i>Sleepless in Seattle</i>, <i>Scream,</i> and <i>Shrek</i>. <i>The Anatomy of Story</i> is his long-awaited first book, and it shares all of his secrets for writing a compelling script. Based on the lessons in his award-winning class, Great Screenwriting, <i>The Anatomy of Story</i> draws on a broad range of philosophy and mythology, offering fresh techniques and insightful anecdotes alongside Truby's own unique approach for how to build an effective, multifaceted narrative. Truby's method for constructing a story is at once insightful and practical, focusing on the hero's moral and emotional growth. As a result, writers will dig deep within and explore their own values and worldviews in order to create an effective story. Writers will come away with an extremely precise set of tools to work with—specific, useful techniques to make the audience care about their characters, and that make their characters grow in meaningful ways. They will construct a surprising plot that is unique to their particular concept, and they will learn how to express a moral vision that can genuinely move an audience.</p><p>The foundations of story that Truby lays out are so fundamental they are applicable—and essential—to all writers, from novelists and short-story writers to journalists, memoirists, and writers of narrative non-fiction.</p>
Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenw...
by Robert McKee

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English

Pages

490

Publication Date

September 28, 2010

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Robert McKee's screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress and putting major screenwriting careers back on track. Quincy Jones, Diane Keaton, Gloria Steinem, Julia Roberts, John Cleese and David Bowie are just a few of his celebrity alumni. Writers, producers, development executives and agents all flock to his lecture series, praising it as a mesmerizing and intense learning experience. <p> In <em>Story</em>, McKee expands on the concepts he teaches in his $450 seminars (considered a must by industry insiders), providing readers with the most comprehensive, integrated explanation of the craft of writing for the screen. No one better understands how all the elements of a screenplay fit together, and no one is better qualified to explain the "magic" of story construction and the relationship between structure and character than Robert McKee.</p>
Wild and Crazy Guys: How the Comedy Mavericks of the '80s Changed...
by Nick de Semlyen

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English

Pages

316

Publication Date

May 28, 2019

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<b>The behind-the-scenes story of the iconic funnymen who ruled '80s Hollywood—Bill Murray, Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, and Eddie Murphy—and the beloved films that made them stars, including <i>Animal House, Caddyshack, </i>and <i>Ghostbusters<br /><br /></i>“An enjoyable romp that vividly captures the manic ups and downs of the remarkable group of funny folk who gave us a golden age of small and big screen comedy, from <i>SNL </i>to <i>Groundhog Day</i>.”<i>—</i>Peter Biskind, author of<i> Easy Riders, Raging Bulls</i></b><br /><br /><i>Wild and Crazy Guys</i> opens in 1978 with Chevy Chase and Bill Murray taking bad-tempered swings at each other backstage at <i>Saturday Night Live,</i> and closes 21 years later with the two doing a skit in the same venue, poking fun at each other, their illustrious careers, triumphs and prat falls. In between, Nick de Semlyen takes us on a trip through the tumultuous '80s, delving behind the scenes of movies such as <i>National Lampoon's Vacation, Beverly Hills Cop, The Blues Brothers, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,</i> and dozens more. Chronicling the off-screen, larger-than-life antics of Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, John Belushi, John Candy, and Rick Moranis, it's got drugs, sex, punch-ups, webbed toes, and Bill Murray being pushed into a swimming pool by Hunter S. Thompson while tied to a lawn chair. What's not to like?<br /><br />Based on candid interviews from many of the stars themselves, as well as those in their immediate orbit, including directors John Landis, Carl Reiner, and Amy Heckerling, <i>Wild and Crazy Guys</i> is a fantastic insider account of the friendships, feuds, triumphs, and disasters experienced by these beloved comedians. Hilarious and revealing, it is both a hidden history of the most fertile period ever for screen comedy and a celebration of some of the most popular films of all time.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Wild and Crazy Guys</i></b><br /><br />“Eminently readable . . . Children of the 1980s, take note: this is a fond, engrossing look back at the making of movies that became cultural touchstones.”<b>—<i>Booklist</i> (starred review)</b><br /><br /> “Nick de Semlyen smartly charts the pinballing career paths of the stars of this new comic wave. . . . His punchy, nonstop narrative . . . tells a [story] where art and commerce smash hard against each other, sometimes causing destruction, but sometimes making sparks fly.”<b>—<i>The Sunday Times </i>(UK)</b>
Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service
by Gary Sinise

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

February 12, 2019

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<p><strong><em>New York Times</em> Bestseller: The moving, entertaining, never-before-told story of how one man found his calling: to see that those who defend this country and its freedoms are never forgotten.</strong></p><p><strong>"The book is called <em>Grateful American</em>, and I promise you after you read it you will be grateful for what Gary has accomplished and contributed to our country." -- Clint Eastwood</strong></p><p>As a kid in suburban Chicago, Gary Sinise was more interested in sports and rock 'n' roll than reading or schoolwork. But when he impulsively auditioned for a school production of <em>West Side Story</em>, he found his purpose--or so it seemed. </p><p>Within a few years Gary and a handful of friends created what became one of the most exciting and important new theater companies in America. From its humble beginnings in a suburban Chicago church basement and eventual move into the city, the Steppenwolf Theatre Company launched a series of groundbreaking productions, igniting Gary's career along with those of John Malkovich, Joan Allen, Gary Cole, Laurie Metcalf, Jeff Perry, John Mahoney, and others. Television and film came calling soon after, and Gary starred in <em>Of Mice and Men</em> (which he also directed) and <em>The Stand</em> before taking the role that would change his life in unforeseeable ways: Lieutenant Dan in the Academy Award–winning <em>Forrest Gump</em>.</p><p>The military community's embrace of the character of the disabled veteran was matched only by the depth of Gary's realization that America's defenders had not received all the honor, respect, and gratitude their sacrifices deserve. In the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, this became Gary's mission. While starring in hits like <em>Apollo 13</em>, <em>Ransom</em>, <em>Truman</em>, <em>George Wallace</em>, <em>CSI:NY</em>, and <em>Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders</em>, Gary has worked tirelessly on behalf of those who serve this country, entertaining more than a half million troops around the world playing bass guitar with his Lt. Dan Band, raising funds on behalf of veterans, and eventually founding the Gary Sinise Foundation with a mission to serve and honor America's defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.</p><p><em>Grateful American</em> is the moving, entertaining, profoundly gripping story of how one man found his calling: to see that those who defend this country and its freedoms are never forgotten.</p>

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