A dramatized version of how a book, painting, movie, etc. came to be made. Unlike the Biopic, focuses on the creator's work on a single piece rather than the entire story of his life, though usually one or two other pieces crop up as background.
This trope is not about "making of" documentaries, which are far more common.
Compare and contrast Amateur Film-Making Plot.
Examples (listed with the work):
- Capote (In Cold Blood)
- Finding Neverland (Peter Pan)
- The Agony and the Ecstasy (painting of the Sistine Chapel)
- Topsy-Turvy (The Mikado)
- Cradle Will Rock (The Cradle Will Rock)
- Creation (Darwin's On the Origin of Species)
- Hitchcock (Psycho)
- Shakespeare in Love (an entirely fictional account of how Romeo and Juliet was written)
- Shadow of the Vampire (Nosferatu, obviously fictional—Max Schreck is really a vampire!)
- RKO 281 (Citizen Kane)
- BAADASSSSS! (Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song)
- Saving Mr. Banks (Mary Poppins)
- Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (creating the original Wonder Woman)
- The Disaster Artist: Technically an inversion, since it dramatizes the production of a movie widely recognized as So Bad, It's Good.
- The Man Who Invented Christmas (A Christmas Carol)