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So You Want to Be a Producer Paperback – September 6, 2005
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“A smart, savvy survivor’s guide to the glamorous (and treacherous) producing game.” —Peter Bart, editor in chief, Variety
“Far more than a simple how-to book, Larry tells you what it really takes to get a movie made—and how you can make a career of making movies.” —Jeffrey Katzenberg, cofounder of DreamWorks and executive producer of Shrek 2 and Shark Tale
“It’s worth four years of film school.” —David Brown, four-time Oscar-nominated producer of Chocolat, The Verdict, A Few Good Men, and Jaws
“Whether you’re just starting in this business or a seasoned professional, there is something to be learned from Larry’s book. This is a must-read!” —Jane Rosenthal, cofounder and producer of the Tribeca Film Festival
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And then I came across this book, and the title matched perfectly with the mood. Sort of. The author still loves what he does for a living. He's a masochist.
I got exactly what I wanted from this book: That is, a big reality check. Turman is probably dealing with the largest ego's the world will ever know - Cinema Artisans. Artists, when unfulfilled and unappreciated, are insecure. Invert that whole scenario and that insecurity turns into something that only a Producer or agent will tolerate. And when I read Turman's descriptions about many of the off-stage *characters* he's had to juggle, suddenly my life and work didn't seem so bad after all. Of course, I know jack about Producing a movie. But that's not the point. This book essentially illustrates how any type of "producing", places that person at the very center of a massive crowd that will undoubtedly span the gamut of personalities - all of which have to be juggled if the job is to be finished. Turman warns that it is not a job for the faint of heart.
And he covers every topic from what I can see. Like *collaboration*. A word that makes me laugh everytime I hear it.Read more ›
While I enjoyed the recollections of his career, I was highly disappointed this was sold under this cover.
The title should have been, "Lawrence Turman: My Storied Career In Hollywood." From the producer of "The Graduate," comes blah blah blah. THAT would've been a more accurate title.
The book reads as though he dictated into a recorder and it was transcribed, with a few edits. Which would not have been a problem, had the wrapper stated as much.
The print was so small, and difficult to read.
Great book, quick read and well worth it. I reread sections of it to get inspired.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved it. The ups and downs of producing films in Hollywood. If you'd like to be a producer you have to read this first.Published 4 months ago by Mauricio
The book arrived damaged and wet. The book itself is easy to read.Published 16 months ago by Aimons
Arrived on time, very interesting subject matter, as advertised!Published 17 months ago by Life-of-an-Otaku