The Book


RIDING THE ALLIGATOR

STRATEGIES FOR A CAREER IN SCREENPLAY WRITING

(…AND NOT GETTING EATEN)


Available in bookstores and online January 2011.  Published by MWP.  Foreword by Jay Roach (director of Austin Powers, Meet the Parents, Dinner for Schmucks).  Riding The Alligator is written by successful Award Winning Hollywood Producer-Writer-Director and USC adjunct professor, Pen Densham.


This is the first book that explores both specific screenplay writing techniques, while simultaneously imparting industry-tested strategies for carving a successful, long term career.


Pen Densham reveals his emotional philosophies and professional secrets, plus insights from his company, Trilogy Entertainment Group.


Pen imparts an inspiring philosophy on choosing an artistic career and overcoming the many challenges, such as managing stress, to selling yourself and your work, to finding an agent and being true to one’s nature, all while carving a lasting and satisfying career.


Pen draws from his own, successful self-taught approach to the industry.  He speaks from a place of tremendous empathy for writers, as someone who personally identifies with their creative struggles. He believes there are many right ways to find your voice as an artist and so, going one step further, Pen has included short essays from some of Hollywood’s top screenwriters, who each share their particular perspective on their art and career.


Also provided is an “Instant Library” summarizing 10 other popular books on Hollywood, as reviewed by his USC Film Students.



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