So You Want to Be a Producer

Including a comprehensive case study of Turman’s film The Graduate, this complete guide to the movie industry’s most influential movers and shakers brims with useful tips and contains all the information you need to take your project ...


Author: Lawrence Turman

Publisher: Crown Archetype

ISBN: 9780307546906

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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Few jobs in Hollywood are as shrouded in mystery as the role of the producer. What does it take to be a producer, how does one get started, and what on earth does one actually do? In So You Want to Be a Producer Lawrence Turman, the producer of more than forty films, including The Graduate, The River Wild, Short Circuit, and American History X, and Endowed Chair of the famed Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California, answers these questions and many more. Examining all the nuts and bolts of production, such as raising money and securing permissions, finding a story and developing a script, choosing a director, hiring actors, and marketing your project, So You Want to Be a Producer is a must-have resource packed with insider information and first-hand advice from top Hollywood producers, writers, and directors, offering invaluable help for beginners and professionals alike. Including a comprehensive case study of Turman’s film The Graduate, this complete guide to the movie industry’s most influential movers and shakers brims with useful tips and contains all the information you need to take your project from idea to the big screen.

So You Want to be a Theatre Producer

Intended for producers at student or amateur level. The first how-to book of its kind on the subject of producing.


Author: James Seabright


ISBN: 1854595377

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 342

View: 217

So You Want to Direct TV

I wanted to be a producer or a director or a writer. I tried writing. Scott Brazil and I wrote a script for The White Shadow and it was probably okay.


Author: Jacob Pinger

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476679587

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 204

View: 433

Becoming a TV director is nothing like other professions. There is no road map. Traditionally, the only way to break in was through access to a powerful mentor to show you the way...until now! This book of interviews with working TV directors provides 16 mentors who show you exactly how they did it. No two stories are exactly alike. These deeply personal interviews are honest and insightful in-depth portraits of a diverse range of successful women and men. For the first time in the 100-plus year history of the entertainment industry there are increasing opportunities to rise into the director's chair. This book reflects the hope and promise of a new era. Half of the directors interviewed are women, and half men. Together they represent a broadly diverse group. Open the cover and discover the mentor you deserve.

So You Want to Be a Scriptwriter and Make a Million Dollars

So when we super-secretaries get tired of taking dictation and are offered ... Ask any writer-producer (and as a charter member of the clulb, I thinkI can ...


Author: Irving Elman

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595099771

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 260

View: 806

This book was written to fill a need, when I started teaching script writing at Santa Monica College and my students asked me to name a book on the subject I could recommend. After voluminous reading, I could find nothing which was completely satisfactory. Most of it seemed to have been written by people who had never written professionally for films and/or television, and thus had no first-hand knowledge of it from personal experience. The books were written from hearsay and observation, like trying to learn how to swim by standing at the edge of a pool and watching others do it, without ever getting into the water yourself. Or trying to fly by flapping your arms like a bird. It doesn't work. They have no hands-on (or wings-on) concept of how commercially produceable scripts are actually put together, and then marketed; and are of no real practical help to the beginning writer, or anyone else who's interested. Only a swimmer, or a bird, or a writer who has made his living at it, really knows how his special trick is done and can pass it on to others. And so here it is. Enjoy while you learn. Because if writing isn't fun, it's no way to make a living. Rob banks instead (but try not to get caught).

I Wanna Be a Producer

As I've previously mentioned, a new component to the industry over the past ten years is a heavy concentration both of time and money in online ticket sales ...


Author: John Breglio

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9781495063695

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

View: 444

(Applause Books). What does a "producer" actually do? How does one travel from that great idea for a show to a smash hit opening night on Broadway? John Breglio cannot guarantee you a hit, but he does take the reader on a fascinating journey behind-the-scenes to where he himself once stood as a child, dreaming about the theatre. Part memoir, part handbook, I Wanna Be a Producer is a road map to the hows and wherefores, the dos and don'ts of producing a Broadway play, written by a Broadway veteran with more than 40 years of experience. This comprehensive and highly informative book features practical analysis and concepts for the producer and is filled with entertaining anecdotes from Breglio's illustrious career as a leading theatrical lawyer and producer. Breglio recounts not only his first-hand knowledge of the crucial legal and business issues faced by a producer, but also his experiences behind the scenes with literally hundreds of producers, playwrights, composers, and directors, including such theatre luminaries as Michael Bennett, Joe Papp, Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Patti Lupone, August Wilson, and Mel Brooks. Whether you are a working or aspiring producer, an investor, or are just curious about the backstage reality of the theater, Breglio shares his knowledge and experience of the industry, conveying practical information set against the real-life stories of those who have devoted their lives to the craft.

So You Want To Be A Freelance Writer

So. Treat. it. as. Such. Whether youwrite novels, nonfiction books, articles, ... If you were a producer, you would want to be 100% sure that the script you ...


Author: Deborah Durbin

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 9781780994932

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 110

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So You Want To Be A Freelance Writer - Writing for Magazines, Newspapers and Beyond does exactly what it says in the title - it shows the reader how to write for the newspaper and magazine industry and how to make it in the world of freelance writing. Deborah Durbin is a qualified journalist and has over 15 year's experience working in print media for national magazines and newspapers as a freelance journalist and features writer. She has written for most of the women's national magazines and several national newspapers. She has also been a columnist for two national magazines and has written for specialist titles such as Writing Magazine and Writers' Forum and has 11 books published.

So You Want to Sing A Cappella

It's not a specifically obtainable skill so much as a wide set of skills that all need cultivation. If you want to be a producer, become a performer, ...


Author: Deke Sharon

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538105887

Category: Music

Page: 390

View: 483

From amateur collegiate a cappella groups to professional ensembles like Straight No Chaser and Pentatonix, contemporary a cappella has exploded onto the world pop music scene. In So You Want to Sing A Cappella, Deke Sharon combines historical context and a comprehensive look at the a cappella community with a detailed discussion of vocal techniques, rehearsal practices, and live audio support needed to sing great a cappella. Additional contributed chapters discuss singing and voice science, vocal health, vocal percussion, and audio technology. The So You Want to Sing series is produced in partnership with the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and each book features online supplemental material on the NATS website. Please visit to access style-specific exercises, audio and video files, and additional resources.

Game Development and Production

I Have a Great Idea for a Game—I Want to Be a Designer! So You Want to Be a Producer What About Those Recruiters? Resumes, Demo Reels, and the Interview.


Author: Erik Bethke

Publisher: Wordware Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 9781556229510

Category: Computers

Page: 412

View: 676

A handbook for game development with coverage of both team management topics, such as task tracking and creating the technical design document, and outsourcing strategies for contents, such as motion capture and voice-over talent. It covers various aspects of game development.

So You Want to Be a Writer

Soon I was on the road as a producer and writer. I loved my job: I met four presidents and countless other newsworthy people. I covered everything from the ...


Author: Vicki Hambleton

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781582703596

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 192

View: 956

A comprehensive guide to becoming a published author outlines step-by-step guidelines for everything from generating ideas and improving technique to getting published and promoting one's work, in a reference complemented by tips from such famous writers as Michael Crichton and Amanda Hocking. Simultaneous.

Pictures at a Revolution

So You Want to Be a Producer, op. cit., pp. 195–196. 34. Archer, Eugene. “Hunter of Love, Ladies, Success.” New York Times, October 16, 1960. 35.


Author: Mark Harris

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101202852

Category: History

Page: 496

View: 613

The epic human drama behind the making of the five movies nominated for Best Picture in 1967-Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Graduate, In the Heat of the Night, Doctor Doolittle, and Bonnie and Clyde-and through them, the larger story of the cultural revolution that transformed Hollywood, and America, forever It's the mid-1960s, and westerns, war movies and blockbuster musicals-Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music-dominate the box office. The Hollywood studio system, with its cartels of talent and its production code, is hanging strong, or so it would seem. Meanwhile, Warren Beatty wonders why his career isn't blooming after the success of his debut in Splendor in the Grass; Mike Nichols wonders if he still has a career after breaking up with Elaine May; and even though Sidney Poitier has just made history by becoming the first black Best Actor winner, he's still feeling completely cut off from opportunities other than the same "noble black man" role. And a young actor named Dustin Hoffman struggles to find any work at all. By the Oscar ceremonies of the spring of 1968, when In the Heat of the Night wins the 1967 Academy Award for Best Picture, a cultural revolution has hit Hollywood with the force of a tsunami. The unprecedented violence and nihilism of fellow nominee Bonnie and Clyde has shocked old-guard reviewers but helped catapult Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway into counterculture stardom and made the movie one of the year's biggest box-office successes. Just as unprecedented has been the run of nominee The Graduate, which launched first-time director Mike Nichols into a long and brilliant career in filmmaking, to say nothing of what it did for Dustin Hoffman, Simon and Garfunkel, and a generation of young people who knew that whatever their future was, it wasn't in plastics. Sidney Poitier has reprised the noble-black-man role, brilliantly, not once but twice, in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and In the Heat of the Night, movies that showed in different ways both how far America had come on the subject of race in 1967 and how far it still had to go. What City of Nets did for Hollywood in the 1940s and Easy Riders, Raging Bulls for the 1970s, Pictures at a Revolution does for Hollywood and the cultural revolution of the 1960s. As we follow the progress of these five movies, we see an entire industry change and struggle and collapse and grow-we see careers made and ruined, studios born and destroyed, and the landscape of possibility altered beyond all recognition. We see some outsized personalities staking the bets of their lives on a few films that became iconic works that defined the generation-and other outsized personalities making equally large wagers that didn't pan out at all. The product of extraordinary and unprecedented access to the principals of all five films, married to twenty years' worth of insight covering the film industry and a bewitching storyteller's gift, Mark Harris's Pictures at a Revolution is a bravura accomplishment, and a work that feels iconic itself.

So You Want to Be a Comic Book Artist

After being a comics editor, I worked as a producer for animated commercials, and almost wrote for a pro-wrestling company. (They thought comics were close ...


Author: Philip Amara

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781442457171

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 176

View: 815

Find success as a comic book artist with this step-by-step guide to creating, publishing, and marketing your very own comics. The secrets to comic book creation are at your fingertips! This comprehensive guide details the steps to becoming a hit comic book maker—from creating compelling characters and illustrations to getting published and marketing a finished product—and is full of insights from world-famous artists from such companies as DC, Marvel, and Dark Horse. In addition to highlighting tips from seasoned pros, inspiring success stories from young artists are sprinkled throughout along with a resource list of potential publishers to help you hit the ground running. So, You Want to Be a Comic Book Artist? also features in-depth chapters on adapting a storyline for video games and movies, using social media to promote a finished product, and self-publishing your own comic. Whether you’re just starting out or have been drawing comics for years, this book will get you where you want to go.

How to Manage Your Agent

Besides, says Lowery, “I get passed on most of the time, so every once in a while ... [Producers] can get mad all they want, but no one's doing [agents] any ...


Author: Gervich Chad

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781136070945

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 300

View: 563

First published in 2013. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Cultural Leadership Handbook

113 to cultural form, but the creative tension between producer and director is a useful way ... (Stage One, n.d.) and So You Want to Be a Theatre Producer?


Author: Robert Hewison

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781317036760

Category: Art

Page: 224

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Leadership has never been more important to the cultural industries. The arts, together with museums and heritage sites, play a vital part in keeping economies going, and, more importantly, in making life worth living. People in the sector face a constant challenge to find support for their organizations and to promote the value of culture. Leadership and management skills are needed to meet the mission of creative arts and cultural organizations, and to generate the income that underpins success. The problem is, where can you learn these essential skills? The Cultural Leadership Handbook written by Robert Hewison and John Holden, both prime movers in pioneering cultural leadership programmes, defines the specific challenges in the cultural sector and enables arts leaders to move from 'just' administration to becoming cultural entrepreneurs, turning good ideas into good business. This book is intended for anyone with a professional or academic interest anywhere in the cultural sector, anywhere in the world. It will give you the edge, enabling to you to show creative leadership at any level in a cultural organization, regardless of whether your particular interest is the performing arts, museums and art galleries, heritage, publishing, films, broadcasting or new media.

The Radio Red Killer

You want to call your boyfriend and tell him you'll be a little late, this shouldn't ... and I wrote him letters about it and I'm learning to be a producer.


Author: Richard A. Lupoff

Publisher: Wildside Press LLC

ISBN: 9781434446633

Category: Fiction

Page: 332

View: 611

Bob Bjorner is the last of the "red hot lefties" at radio station KRED in Berkeley, Calif. His paranoia makes him bring his personal lock to keep intruders out of the studio while he's on the air--but they get to him anyway! He opens his lunch, takes his first mouthful of sashimi, and falls over dead. Homicide detective Marvia Plum scrambles to the station in time to see broadcasters, engineers, and administrators trying to figure out what to do next. Bob Bjorner, Radio Red himself, is clearly visible through the window between the on-air studio and the control room--and nobody can get to him! THE RADIO RED KILLER is the most baffling--and fascinating!--case yet in Richard A. Lupoff's irresistable "Killer" mystery series.

Wong Kar wai

But if you are going to make a very personal film, a small film, I think the ... And I said I'm going to be a producer myself, and I want to make sure I can ...


Author: Peter Brunette

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252095474

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 176

View: 192

Wong Kar-Wai traces this immensely exciting director's perennial themes of time, love, and loss, and examines the political implications of his films, especially concerning the handover of former British colony Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China. This book is the first in any language to cover all of Wong's work, from his first film, As Tears Go By, to his most recent, the still unreleased 2046. It also includes his best?known, highly honored films, Chungking Express, Happy Together, and above all, In the Mood for Love. Most importantly, Peter Brunette describes the ways in which Wong's supremely visual films attempt to create a new form of cinema by relying on stunning, suggestive visual images and audio tracks to tell their story, rather than on traditional notions of character, dialogue, and plot. The question of Wong Kar-wai's use of genre film techniques in art films is also explored in depth.

So You Want to Be a Dancer

(Notice how I was able to shamelessly cross-promote my work as a producer, actor, and writer, further broadening my #Brand?) You may not think of yourself ...


Author: Matthew Shaffer

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781630760274

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 216

View: 244

Matthew Shaffer’s more than twenty years as a performer, choreographer, director, Broadway collaborator, writer, and producer has allowed him opportunities to work with celebrities like Megan Mullally, Ben Stiller, and the elite competition team of Dance Moms. So You Want to Be a Dancer is the ultimate book for anyone who has to fight the urge to sashay down grocery store aisles or school hallways. Shaffer discusses everything from how to break into the industry to practical advice—from how to audition and book a job to dealing with movie stars on-set. So You Want To Be A Dancer is a must-read for any creative entrepreneur, aspiring artist pursuing a career in today’s social media-savvy society, or anyone who savors the heartfelt journey of an artist.

Candid Conversations With Broadway Pros

I want to be a producer now!” You had so much success. So many people I know can't raise a dime. Jack: Well nobody in the commercial theater world was ...


Author: Ken Davenport

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 9781329876491

Category: Art


View: 310

In Candid Conversations with Broadway Pros, Producer Ken Davenport sits down to talk with professionals from the theater industry to get their perspective on the Great White Way.

Alan LeMay

But I do have enough money ahead to give me considerable latitude. ... and others, wrote a book entitled So You Want to Be a Producer (Three Rivers Press, ...


Author: Dan LeMay

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786489817

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 216

View: 577

Although much has been written about the 1950s cult film The Searchers, Alan LeMay, the author of the novel upon which the movie is based, has received little attention. This welcome biography tells the engaging story of the career freelance writer who sold his first story at age 19 and never held a permanent job. LeMay gained success in the 1930s writing Westerns and in the 1940s penning scripts for “big outdoor” films but he is best remembered for Searchers (1953) and another novel adapted into a popular film, The Unforgiven (1957). Sometimes rich but frequently poor, LeMay supported a family with his writing and engaged in a variety of ventures, including cattle ranching, polo playing, flying, and road racing. This narrative of his unconventional life offers an insider’s view of Hollywood and conveys the unique stresses of a career in screenwriting.

The Hollywood Assistants Handbook

I guess I want to be a producer. But screenwriting's really interesting to me too. And then of course ing of Leonardo da Vinci, chances are your I hope to ...


Author: Peter Nowalk

Publisher: Workman Publishing

ISBN: 9780761164340

Category: Reference

Page: 208

View: 855

Are you young, eager, smart, and heading off to LA to make it big in the entertainment business? Time for a reality check: Leave your diploma at home, put your grandiose dreams on hold (where hopefully they'll get tired and hang up), and start by repeating the first rule of the industry: Who you work for is more important than who you are. Then leapfrog over everyone else by reading The Hollywood Assistants Handbook. Written by two very sharp and successful assistants to HPPs (Hollywood Power Players), here are 86 lessons packed with a combination of blunt truth, insider humor, and juicy secrets that explain the unwritten rules of how to get a foot in the door and make all the right moves as you climb to the top. Here are the minimum-wage jobs that will put you in the path of HPPs. An annotated resume roundup. The clubs to frequent and the cocktails to order. Movies to watch and books to read (it's called homework). Dressing do's and don'ts. How to get on the Free List. A lineup of boss genres—the Horror Show, the Romantic Comedy, Mr. Action—and how to dodge the tirades that will soon be hurled your way, along with the proper outlets for venting. Plus, the ins and outs of your most important tool, the telephone—when to listen in (always!), who to put through and who to put off, and your new best friend forever, the Plantronics CS70 cordless headset. With its hilariously snarky tone—the gate-keeping quiz is "How to Tell if You're a Moron Who Should Pack Up the Corolla and Move Back Home"—The Hollywood Assistants Handbook is as baldly entertaining for everyone who loves reading about Hollywood as it is indispensably practical for the job-seeker.

So You Want to Be a Teacher

First, I needed to quit my current job so my understanding employer could ... I saw an ad for an opening at Jacobsen Manufacturing Company, a producer of ...


Author: Harlan Hansen

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781543410334

Category: Education

Page: 114

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This book is a memoir of a young man making a major occupational change after first embarking on a business career after college and army service. Flashbacks to his early family life, academic struggles at school, the stint in the army, an unsuccessful marriage, dissatisfaction with the business culture, and dealing with limited financial resources are challenges that had to be met. But a single encounter with a graduate school faculty member opened the door to a field for which he eventually realizes he is most suitedearly childhood teacher education. Along the way, another angel joins in the adventure to foster personal success and promote creative ways of dealing with educational issues, bringing new life into the classroom. He received two outstanding teaching awards at the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development. He also received the National Horace T. Morse-Amoco Outstanding Teaching Award, as well as the Governor of Minnesotas Outstanding Service Award. He served as president of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators, and he originated the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Educators.