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 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. bookcover
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.

pen Pen Densham, Successful award-winning screenwriter, producer, and director, with an extensive track-record in film and television. Pen is responsible for writing and producing some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters, such as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, along with some of its longest-running television series including The Outer Limits.
Pen has written Riding The Alligator with one clear goal in mind: to write the kind of book he would have loved to have read when he was starting out as a writer-filmmaker. Pen is also an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California's prestigious School of Cinematic Arts.
  Selling Scripts
"One thing I know for sure; without writers, we in the entertainment business are aimless wanderers looking for a place to be. My thanks Pen for this inspirational book."

Morgan Freeman
Academy Award-winning Actor
"As a director, I cannot achieve my goals without the help of creative and courageous writers. Pen's book is unique in that it addresses the entire landscape of movie writing as a career, and most especially encourages artists who write from the heart and strive for originality."

Ron Howard
"Pen's advice is something I wish I'd had when starting out. His words on the creative process are inspiring and useful, and his insight into the business essential."

Paul Haggis
Academy Award-winning
"If you're thinking about writing a screenplay, do yourself a favor and hop on Pen Densham's Alligator. The ride's enlightening."

Jeff Bridges
Academy Award Winning Actor

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