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9TimeZones.com: an eMail screenplay collaboration between Hungary and L.A.

Baird, Alan C. with Bartos, Aniko J.

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ISBN 10: 0738806137 / ISBN 13: 9780738806136
Published by Xlibris Corporation, Philadelphia, PA, 1999
Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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(includes the first draft script The Fall In Budapest). Inscribed and signed by the author. Size: 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" Tall. Bookseller Inventory # 014073

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Title: 9TimeZones.com: an eMail screenplay ...

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation, Philadelphia, PA

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Soft

Book Condition:Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

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Imagine writing your script with a mysterious stranger who's half a world away. Brief phone calls reveal some of the puzzle, but a short-story-filled eMail exchange provides the real key. If you wanted to share this correspondence, what would you do? 

This book is a how-to, showing rather than telling the art of screenplay collaboration online. The bulk of the text consists of communications between two widely-separated partners, as they solve the problems faced by all distance collaborators. The emails are interspersed with literary examples (short stories, etc.) that serve as teaching moments. The screenplay scenes are numbered, as they are completed, and the finished screenplay is contained in the appendix, with the scenes in numerical order. Some readers have described the book as "a master-class seminar in script collaboration."

From the Author:

I started corresponding with an exotic Hungarian woman in 1996, and we wrote literally hundreds (if not thousands) of emails to each other during the following three years. We collaborated on a screenplay and a book. This book.

Then Anikó flew from Budapest to L.A. for a vacation in 1999. I asked her to marry me within a couple of days. We celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary in June, 2010.

A few years later, we were watching an interview with writer/director Nora Ephron in the extras section of her "You've Got Mail" DVD. At one point, Nora says: "I think it's a real conceit of romantic comedies--certainly of this particular romantic comedy--that you would fall in love with someone entirely because of words. I think it's a fantasy that we would ever really fall in love with someone entirely because of the fact that they were a great writer."

Anikó and I looked at each other and burst out laughing.

-ACB

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