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How to Succeed in Hollywood (Without Losing Your Soul): A Field Guide for Christian Screenwriters, Actors, Producers, Directors, and More Paperback – April 5, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1936488278 ISBN-10: 1936488272 Edition: 1st

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About the Author

Ted Baehr is Founder and Publisher of Movieguide (www.movieguide.org) and Chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission, as well as a noted critic, educator, lecturer, and media pundit. His life's purpose is to be used of God to redeem the values of the media while educating audiences on how to use discernment in selecting their entertainment.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 568 pages
  • Publisher: WND Books; 1 edition (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936488272
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936488278
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's just a great "road map" to help the "Newbie" navigate the otherwise complicated business of film making.
Bruce Braun
Dr. Baehr's book provides a wealth of information for any one who wants to be successful in the entertainment industry without compromising his/her faith.
Kim Freeman
For someone who is just curious about what goes on in film making, the book is an interesting peek into the inside world.
Ian

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Braun on June 2, 2011
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In a sentence, I found this book to be an inspirational, captivating and brilliantly profound treatise on Christian film making.

Much more than a mere reference manual on film making, this book embodies the practical application of virtuous Christian principles in business and in life.

Mr. Baehr masterfully defines the role and responsibility of the Christian film maker by tracing the history of the arts in the Church and then distilling those lessons learned into a methodology based on a Christian world view.

This book should seriously be considered as the Christian film makers Bible.
What I particularly liked about it was how it methodically paralleled each aspect of the film making process to its biblical counterpart. i.e. Relating ones Christian growth [faith] to character development or the importance of the script and its analogy to John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. . ." Corny, no; relevant, yes. To use a quote from the book by W. C. Fields; "Tell them what you're going to say; say it; then tell them what you said." Like the Bible, "It's all about the STORY!"

The book also provides great practical advice too. "You don't go out looking for a job as a producer." You get your toe in the door as a temp, go-fer, production assistant or whatever and then it's just a matter of talent, passion, patience, faith and persistence that will eventually allow you to achieve your goals. There is rarely an easy or "fast track" to success. It requires discipline, commitment and hard work.

The later chapters of Mr. Baehr's book are a "How To" for the novice or even the advanced film maker.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DirecterGirl08 on October 22, 2012
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I graduated from a Christian film school so I've read a lot of books about filmmaking and the Christian's role in the arts today. I like "How to succeed in Hollywood" because it incorporates stories from Christians working in the industry. There is also a significant portion dedicated to helping you find your own voice and develop your own stories. If you've never read a book about the film industry this provides a nice overview of what it takes to get a film from the inception of an idea, through pre-production, production, post-production, and distribution. The one thing I didn't like was that the writers are a little long winded, often hounding the same idea from multiple angles. Because of my background a lot of it was review but I am a firm believe in review. The Christian church's interest and involvement in the film industry is rather new so it is difficult to find books about Hollywood and film production written from a Christian perspective. All in all, I would suggest this book to any other filmmakers or lay people interested in how Christians are interacting with the film industry. Happy reading!

Other books like "How to Succeed" that I have enjoyed (listed from shortest to longest):

Digital Film-Making by Mike Figgis (short, sweet, and funny. One of my favorite film production books ever).
Producing with Passion: Making Films That Change the World by Dorothy Fadiman and Tony Levelle (specifically written for documentary filmmakers but applicable lessons for all)
The Independent FIlm Producer's Survival Guide: A Business and Legal Sourcebook by Gunnar Erickson, Harris Tulchin, and Mark Haloran (a LOT of technical jargon but once you plow through that this provides a great primer to the nitty-gritty-nuts-and-bolts-business side of film production).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Terry Whalin on July 3, 2011
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If you have ever had the yearning to become a Christian screenwriter or actor or producer or director, then you will take years off wasting your time with this book. Dr. Ted Baehr has written a comprehensive guide. As he writes in the introduction, " It is a critical time for people of faith to communicate through the mass media of the entertainment industry...This book intends to help you to do just what Jesus commanded: herald His good news in movies and television, the marketplace of entertainment." (Page xxviii)

Dr. Baehr breaks the contents into two main sections: Foundations and Step-by-Step. Each section is loaded with practical yet detailed information into the business. While the author has years of experience, he has reached out to 30 diverse Hollywood experts with stellar credentials. He interweaves these contributors throughout the book and it strengthens the message and impact of the contents.

While this book is loaded with practical information, I want to give one detailed example as a taste of the contents from the chapter, "If It's Not On the Page...":

"Remember that the average movie takes nine years from start to finish. THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST took ten years. EVITA took twenty-three years. BATMAN took seventeen years. There are several reasons why it takes so long. First, there are 300,000 scripts submitted every year to the Writers guild of America and many more are written that are never submitted, aside from the flood of novels every year, but less than three hundred movies open in theaters every year. Thus, most scripts never make it into production.
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