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REEL PEOPLE: Finding Ourselves in the Movies
by Howard M. Gluss, Ph.D. & Scott Edward Smith

"What a great aid to writing your book REEL PEOPLE has been for me. A cast of strong, coherent characters is the basis of all truly good films -- and the hardest thing for writers to master. Nothing I've ever read has been as helpful as your analysis. Finally, an aid to screenwriters, beginning or veteran, that gives us a handle on the mysterious process of character creation. Now when there's something "off" about one of my characters, I've got a way to put him back on track.

Not only that, but it's a real treat to read: instructive, engaging, and fun."

Don Roos, Director/Screenwriter
BOUNCE,THE OPPOSITE OF SEX, BOYS ON THE SIDE, LOVE FIELD




"REEL PEOPLE is an insightful analytical tool, invaluable not only to writers, but also to anyone looking to better understand characters, and for that matter, possibly themselves. Dr. Gluss has chosen excellent examples from films to illustrate his points, achieving the exceptional feat of making the reading as entertaining as watching the characters on screen.

Dump your shrink and buy this book!"

Gary Levinsohn, Producer
THE PATRIOT, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, A SIMPLE PLAN




"Here now is a very thorough study of film personas . A fascinating look into the psychology that lies behind a wide variety of character types. It relies on in-depth research and is a valuable aid to any screenwriter."

David Parfitt, Producer
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, WINGS OF THE DOVE, HENRY V




"Through careful research, clinical experience, and a prodigious knowledge of cinema, author-psychotherapist Dr. Howard Gluss has written a book both scholarly and entertaining. Rich in detail, his fascinating treatise surveys memorable personality archetypes depicted in film - what they represent, why we celebrate them, and sometimes even make them our metaphors for living. The author has given us a big helping of new knowledge, seasoned with spicy facts, humor and nostalgia. This is a reading must not only for movie-makers and movie-lovers but for anyone interested in the creative process."

William Luce, Playwright/Screenwriter
THE BELLE OF AMHERST, BARRYMORE, THE LAST DAYS OF PATTON




"Although conflict and structure are difficult aspects in their own right, it. s the creation of believable and sympathetic characters that is by far the hardest. REEL PEOPLE not only points out many ways to make the process easier, but makes them easy to remember through wonderful anecdotes."

David Zucker, Writer/Director/Producer
AIRPLANE!, NAKED GUN, RUTHLESS PEOPLE




"What a fine read this is. Highly informative and instructive, REEL PEOPLE, makes what industry folk refer to as "development hell" considerably less hellish. This is an indispensable tool for those of us who are not writers, but wish to serve and support their work in the very best way possible."

Chris Chase, Producer
Walt Disney Feature Animation



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