Hollywood in Wide Angle: How Directors View Filmmaking

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Scarecrow Press, 2004 - Performing Arts - 199 pages
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Jack Rothman, a social scientist, interviews more than 30 film directors including Delbert Mann, John Landis, Arthur Hiller, Nancy Meyers, Bill Duke, Martha Coolidge, Andrew Davis, Gilbert Cates, Henry Jaglom, and Walter Hill. Rothman guaranteed their responses would remain anonymous, and the result is an intimate and candid portrait of work within the film industry, both on and off the set. The uncensored comments from these ideal informants, along with Rothman's analysis, give readers an inside look into the process of filmmaking, as well as an understanding of the wider sociological forces that both limit and facilitate such endeavors. The respondents assembled here represent the broad range of background as well as film directing experience from award-winning veterans to first timers, from directors of small, independent pictures to studio blockbusters. Collectively, their answers illuminate the day-to-day process of the high-pressure and fiercely competitive but also frequently fulfilling environment of filmmaking. This book will be useful not only to students, but to new and aspiring directors, and other industry professionals as well. Indeed, Hollywood in Wide Angle will intrigue anyone truly interested in both movies and the complex industry behind them. Includes 31 photos."
 

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Contents

Troubles in Mind
1
Directors in CloseUp
21
The Actor Factor
35
Digital RisingIndependents Day
53
Stalking Creative Freedom
73
Women and Minorities in the Directors Chair
89
Writers in the Scene?
111
A New Take
129
Mapping Planet Hollywood Not the Restaurant
153
Directors Credits
165
Supplementary Interviews and Information
175
Notes
177
Index
187
About the Author
199
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

Jack Rothman is Professor Emeritus at UCLA, School of Public Policy and Social Research. He is the author of more than twenty books applying social science.

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