Over the Shoulder

A Freelancer's Guide to Telling Stories and Editing Films

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Pub Date Feb 10 2024 | Archive Date Mar 28 2024

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Struggling to give your stories impact in a world flooded with content?

Unlock the art of unforgettable storytelling with Mark Solomon's wisdom, honed over 30 years in Hollywood's elite editing rooms.

Are you vying to leave an indelible mark that sticks in the memory?

What if there was a roadmap, passed down from a master storyteller who's stood shoulder-to-shoulder with cinematic legends?

A guide not just about crafting tales, but infusing them with the emotion to mesmerize and endure?

Envision your narrative not just being heard, but resonating long after the final scene fades to black.

Open a treasure trove of storytelling mastery, distilled from the cutting rooms of iconic films like Shrek, Chicken Run, Space Jam, and the Eddie award-nominated Frankenweenie.

Inside this illuminating guide, you'll embark on a journey through the craft of visual storytelling, armed with:

  • An insider's perspective on the storytelling crisis – Understand the unique challenges of today's content-saturated world and why mastering the art of storytelling is the key. (begin with insights and inspiration).
  • A comprehensive, easy-to-apply framework for captivating storytelling – Explore Mark Solomon's tried and tested strategies, fine-tuned through decades of collaboration with titans like Tim Burton and Mel Gibson.
  • Secrets to constructing memorable stories – Delve into the mechanics of contrast, cause and effect, suspense, and surprise, along with potent techniques from the Japanese stage that elevate and refine your narrative.
  • Universal storytelling tools – Whether you're directing a blockbuster, creating digital content, or launching a brand, discover the keys to engaging your audience across any medium.
  • Practical advice and real-world anecdotes – Learn from Solomon's freelance career and the lessons gleaned from the front lines with a Hollywood film editor.
  • Bonus resources for ongoing growth – Gain access to invaluable materials that support your storytelling journey, from work/life balance to tapping into your creative resources.
  • And much more!

Don't let your stories fade into the background. Seize the opportunity to stand out, connect deeply, and leave a legacy of unforgettable narratives.

Why settle for being just another storyteller? Begin your transformation today and craft stories that not only captivate but resonate across the globe. Your path to storytelling mastery is just a book away!

Dive into the heart of cinematic storytelling, unlock your potential, and emerge ready to enchant the world!

Struggling to give your stories impact in a world flooded with content?

Unlock the art of unforgettable storytelling with Mark Solomon's wisdom, honed over 30 years in Hollywood's elite editing rooms.

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Over the Shoulder is a great guide for anyone passionate about storytelling. With wisdom garnered from decades in Hollywood's editing rooms, the author provides readers with a comprehensive roadmap to crafting unforgettable narratives. What makes this book stand out is its practicality—each chapter is filled with actionable advice and real-world anecdotes that make the art of storytelling feel accessible to all. As someone who loves to tell stories, I found myself constantly inspired and eager to apply the author's techniques to my own work.

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Hey there, storytellers! If you're tired of your tales falling flat and want to learn how to make them sizzle with excitement, then Over the Shoulder: A Freelancer's Guide to Telling Stories and Editing Films is your new best friend! Written by the legendary Mark Solomon, this book is like having a Hollywood insider whispering secrets in your ear. From unraveling the mysteries of suspense to mastering the art of surprise, Solomon breaks down the craft of storytelling in a way that's both informative and insanely fun. Trust me, after reading this book, you'll be armed with the tools to captivate audiences and leave them begging for more. So what are you waiting for? Grab a copy of Over the Shoulder and get ready to take your storytelling game to the next level!

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An insightful book on storytelling, specifically for film editing, but applicable to other forms of creative writing.

It is short and to the point, and also filled with interesting ideas to tell stories that matter.

My favourite takeaways were conveying information through contrast, and the guided imagination techniques that Solomon suggests for "contacting the muse".

Thank you for the ARC!

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