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ISBN-13: 978-0240806686 ISBN-10: 9780240806686 Edition: 1st
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"Whether you're attending film school, already have a foot in the door, or are just thinking of getting into the biz--Hollywood Drive is essential for anyone serious about a career in the entertainment industry. Eve has combined academic basics, practical advice and "reel" world experience into an invaluable resource guide that will surely help you achieve your objectives." Steve Molen, Production Executive, DreamWorks, SKG


"Eve's knowledge, experience and enthusiasm, matched by her unbridled dedication to helping others break into the entertainment industry is why her USC summer classes are always full. And her new book is the next best thing to taking one of her courses. To me, Eve is a gift I can give to the students who enroll in our Summer Program, and this book is her gift to you. Read it, digest it and then put it into practice if you're looking for longevity in this business." Duke Underwood, Director, Summer Program, School of Cinema-Television, University of Southern California
"Eve has created a "must read" for anyone thinking about getting into the film business. Her practical, no-nonsense approach is refreshing, fair and honest. I wish this book was available when I got out of film school. I could have saved myself a lot of aggravation." John Dahl, Director (Joy Ride, Rounders, The Last Seduction)

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The essential guide for breaking into and succeeding in film and TV by a successful Hollywood insider
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (May 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780240806686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240806686
  • ASIN: 0240806689
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer A. Hedley on November 7, 2005
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I attended author Eve Honthaner's class at USC in 2004. Titled "Breaking In, Hanging In and Making It," the class gave me all the skills and tools necessary to make it into the film industry in Hollywood. Her encouragement and burning desire to help people succeed in following their dreams translates well from the classroom to the page. For those who don't have 6 weeks and $2,000 to spend on her enlightening course at USC, this book is a real bargain. If you are serious about pursuing a career in Hollywood, "Hollywood Drive" will teach you the importance of networking and all the other skills necessary to get your foot in the door. Using the tried and true methods of Eve Honthaner, I got my first job in Hollywood with Fox -- and many more to follow. I now recommend this book to everyone who dreams of Hollywood and has the courage to pursue that dream.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Dunn VINE VOICE on November 18, 2006
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You wouldn't know this book is a great marketing book and writers should read this one. The book focuses on the film industry but there is a wealth of information in here about marketing yourself that writers can benefit from. There are some great excercises you can use to start defining yourself and begin your publicity. Whether it is for your book, screenplay or yourself.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kit Eakle on May 25, 2005
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For those considering a career in the film business this is a "must read". All the training in film school doesn't give you the nitty gritty about the ins and outs of the business that this book does.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ITP on June 15, 2006
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I just received this book today, and cannot put it down. Honthaner writes with such ease, it's almost as if she's sitting there discussing the entertainment industry with you. As a recent graduate and an intense drive to make it in Hollywood, this book suits all of my needs in seriously knowing the ins-and-outs of the business. I would definitely reccomend Hollywood Drive to anyone with a similar passion to want to know all and be in the mix of the entertainment industry.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael C on September 13, 2005
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For anyone who's serious about a career in the entertainment business, this book is a must. It's real. It's honest. I just wish I had it when I moved to Los Angeles a decade ago. It would have helped save me from making a lot of bad, naive decisions. Whatever you do make sure you read this book cover to cover.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Weisert on September 19, 2005
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As a fulltime industry professional for over seven years in Los Angeles, I can highly recommend Ms. Honthaner's book. If you are moving to Los Angeles or are a resident but want to "up your game", this book is for you. Additionally, it should be a required text book for ALL university level film departments.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Inna Shmul on August 31, 2005
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The most practical and simply written guide for those who want to start a career in film business today. The book helps you to organize yourself and dealing with possible difficulties and dissapointments in the industry retain your genuine excitement. The author Eve Honthaner shares her personal experience with readers, which is very easy to relate to, and that makes reading the book simply a fun conversation with a person who spent a lot of time in fim buisness and knows the subtleties of it. I would recommend this book as a basic tool for those who want to start a career in the film industry.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By New to LA on September 6, 2005
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There is the art of filmaking and the art of networking. This book is an excellent resource to common sense information about the art of networking that is often not considered when trying to break into the business. The author writes with a voice that feels as if you are speaking to a friend or a mentor who wants you to succeed by being fully aware of the realities of the business (pros and cons) but without dampening the mystique. "Hollywood Drive" is an insightful and enjoyable read.
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