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ISBN-13: 978-0743219372 ISBN-10: 0743219376 Edition: 3rd
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First published in 1983, this book underwent a major overhaul for its 1992 second edition and even more extensive revision for this iteration. The need for such a Herculean effort indicates how rapidly the movie business is changing, and why Squire's collection is so valuable. Before joining the faculty at the USC School of Cinema-Television, Squire was a studio executive with United Artists, 20th Century Fox and Avco Embassy Pictures. Drawing on these formidable connections, he's able to include contributors who are fresh from the trenches and actively making films, like screenwriter William Goldman, director Sydney Pollack and Tom Rothman, chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment. Intended mainly for those who want the real nitty-gritty on filmmaking, the book will be revelatory for film buffs, too, since it unveils the intricacies of financing, production, screenwriting and distribution. New to this edition are chapters on shifts that are taking place in entertainment, like the growth of sound tracks, video games, tie-in products and comic books. Squire proves adept at predicting future directions, too, and includes information on the move from analog to digital. Also a nod toward Hollywood's future is the extensive section on globalization, which tackles distribution in major movie-buying countries. For those in the industry, and especially those wanting to be, there's no better sourcebook for learning the movie biz.
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Jason Squire is a former film executive at United Artists, Twentieth Century Fox and Embassy Pictures. He has taught at the University of Southern California since 1988. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Series: Movie Business Book
  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; 3 edition (July 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743219376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743219372
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Eric Nelson on August 27, 2004
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My wife and I are movie fans...though not like those hard core guys who hang out at independent film festivals...and we love this book.

It's a wonderful introduction to all the ins and outs of the movie business. The writers talk about film as a business and how the business side of film influences their creative choices. Revenue streams, copywrite issues, and how to "make it in Hollywood" are all discussed thoroughly in this book.

The authors were obviously choosen because of their expertise, but most of them are surprisingly good at conveying information in a way non-industry people can understand. I was expecting that each chapter in this book would be filled with Hollywood jargon...like when you read an article in Variety, but that is not the case.

If you love movies and REALLY want to understand how they work, this book is a must. Other books are great at explaining the artistic side (for example, How to Read a Film is a great title), but The Movie Business Book is wonderful since all of its contributors understand that modern film cannot be fully understood as a work of art unless you understand how the economics of Hollywood influence how the art is shaped.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sundance Wilson on November 25, 2004
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I have recently bought over ten movie business making books, all starting with this one. I would have to say that out of all of the books I have read thought, this would have to be the best out of them all. Not only do they have chapters written by different people, they are all people that are in the business. They break down hollywood lingo and include a basic pay structure. This book is the most informative of the film books I have read. This is the book you buy if you want a break down of movie careers, but not for how to personally make it yourself into the business.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rmb234 on March 6, 2013
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Great book. Easy read with lots of interesting information from seasoned professionals. Great for those interested in the field for hobby or business.

My only complaint/issue is that the book is now (2013) over 8 years old (2004 latest edition) and we all know that the past 10 years especially have completely changed in the movie industry from billion dollar block busters, to evolution of the online world, to netflix, expansions of the "Trilogy" movements, etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CDSN on November 14, 2007
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This is an absolutely fantastic book. It is a series of essays from very well known industry professionals and will help anyone to better understand the perspective of the other people you're working with on the set.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Don McGowan on March 14, 2009
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I work in home video content in the back office. This book gives a great overview of the industry and how it works. I own a copy and bought another for a new employee. Highly recommended.
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By A. Vogel on October 23, 2014
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I enjoyed reading this book. It features authors with industry experience, avoids jargon, and is an all-rounder. A sequel, if I can make a wish, should be trying to provide more representative facts on the matters discussed in addition to key individuals' insights. It's hard to tell how unique these experiences are.
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By St.michelle on September 23, 2013
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Very well curated. Even though it probably needs an update, mainly because it is so useful and there are things to add to the industry analysis, there are solid, articles here by top industry people. Experienced advice and analysis of the biz from the horse's mouth is golden no matter what decade it's coming from.
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