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For more than three decades, director Ken Kwapis has charted a career full of exceptional movies and television, from seminal shows like The Office to beloved films like He’s Just Not That into You.

He is among the most respected directors in show business, but getting there wasn’t easy. He struggled just like everyone else. With each triumph came the occasional faceplant. Using his background and inside knowledge, But What I Really Want to Do Is Direct tackles Hollywood myths through Ken’s highly entertaining experiences. It’s a roller-coaster ride fueled by brawls with the top brass, clashes over budgets, and the passion that makes it all worthwhile.

This humorous and refreshingly personal memoir is filled with inspiring instruction, behind-the-scenes hilarity, and unabashed joy. It’s a celebration of the director’s craft and what it takes to succeed in show business on your own terms. 

©2020 Ken Kwapis (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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  • 2021-01-08

Fantastic insight into the craft of filmmaking

Filled with a ton of insight into the craft and business of filmmaking. The book is packed with information presented a strong and clear conversational tone. Fantastic stuff.

It took quite a bit of time for me to get acclimated to the narrator's reading of the audiobook, however. The cadence is weird and distracting. But after a few hours, you don't really notice it.

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  • Justin
  • 2020-10-26

Insightful

Ken kwapis’ book is the Bible to all aspiring filmmakers or just film buffs in general

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  • 2021-05-30

Ken's words are great and worth it, but...

Ken's words are great and worth it, but the book version would have been better. I really don't know if this is how the narrator reads every title, but if it is, I plan to avoid at all costs... it feels like a jolting stop and go being read by someone who really doesn't know how to read a story. It could have been so much better. But Ken's words are good.