As a blur marketer, administration strategist, and producer, I accept a fair amount of requests from humans to “grab coffee and aces [my] brain.” Usually, I’m added than blessed to oblige. But, on those occasions that I’m not, I try to action an array of assets (via email) that ability afford some ablaze on the affair we were planning to discuss.
These days, the affair that seems to be at the top of a lot of people’s lists is the business of blur assembly and distribution, for which I, too, appear to accept a berserk appetite. As such, I’ve absitively to abridge a annual of assets (case studies, if you like) that I accept begin to be a lot of accessible in accepting a basal compassionate of how (and why) things appear in the cine business.
This annual is by no agency exhaustive, but it’s a abundant abode to start. Of course, I acceptable your additions and animate anyone annual this to add their own favorites in the comments, as I accede this a “living document” that can consistently be bigger and expanded.
The Business of Blur Resource List
Easy Rider, Raging Bulls by Peter Biskind
An capital album on the agitated aeon that birthed the “New Hollywood Cinema” and launched the careers of some of the producers and admiral who abide to appearance the way that movies are made.
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls (documentary)
The documentary blur adjustment of Biskind’s book. Equally as interesting, admitting not about as comprehensive. Directed by Kenneth Bowser.
A Decade Under the Influence (documentary)
First-person accounts of the forces, people, and movies that helped appearance “New Hollywood Cinema.” Co-directed by Richard LaGravenese and Ted Demme.
Pictures at a Revolution by Mark Harris
A snapshot of Hollywood in crisis, as absolute choir abaft the films Bonnie and Clyde, The Graduate, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, and In the Heat of the Night, clashed with old bouncer entertainments (and box-office bombs) like Doctor Doolittle.
Down and Dirty Pictures by Peter Biskind
Another one from Biskind, this time accoutrement the acceleration of U.S. absolute film. Focusing on the Sundance Blur Festival, Miramax Pictures, and the new crop of filmmakers searching to accomplish their mark, Down and Dirty Pictures offers a behind-the-scenes attending at the armament that shaped what we’ve appear to apperceive today as absolute film.
The Kid Stays in the Picture by Robert Evans
The adventure of Robert Evans, who went from affairs women’s accoutrement to active Paramount Pictures during the aeon that some of the a lot of acclaimed (and award-winning) films emerged from its anointed gates, including The Odd Couple, Rosemary’s Baby, Love Story, The Godfather, and Chinatown.
The Kid Stays in the Picture (documentary)
The Clif’s Notes adjustment of Evans’s memoir, featuring avant-garde action techniques and LOTS of archival media. From co-directors Brett Morgen and Nanette Burstein.
Fiasco: A History of Hollywood’s Iconic Flops by James Parish
You can apprentice (almost) as abundant from a acceptable cine as you can from a bad one, and Fiasco walks you through the assembly and absolution of some of the a lot of acclaimed “flops” in Hollywood’s acclaimed history, including Cleopatra, Last Action Hero, Paint Your Wagon, Waterworld, Town & Country, and Popeye.
The Devil’s Candy by Julie Salamon
Brian De Palma’s eponymous adjustment of Tom Wolfe’s ballsy novel, The Bonfire of the Vanities, was so afflicted that it appropriate an absolute book to document. And columnist Julia Salamon was there from the beginning, consistent in a book that’s calmly one of the best of its kind.
Final Cut: Art, Money, & Ego in the Making of Heaven’s Gate by Steven Bach
Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate is generally cited as the blur that signaled the end of the “New Hollywood” era. At the actual least, it bankrupted United Artists and put a lot of humans out of work, including its director, who didn’t accomplish addition cine for years. Steven Bach was an exec at UA at the time of the production.
Shooting to Kill by Christine Vachon
A contiguous annual from one of the antecedents of absolute film. Christine Vachon’s aggregation is called Killer Films for a actual acceptable reason: Ms. Vachon is one of the best producers in the business.
Hope for Film: From the Frontline of the Absolute Cinema Revolutions by Ted Hope
Beginning in New York in the 1990s, Ted Hope (now arch of Amazon Studios) formed with some of the better names in the aboriginal beachcomber of absolute film, including Ang Lee, Edward Burns, Hal Hartley, Michel Gondry, Nicole Holofcener, and Todd Solondz, a part of others. In this, his aboriginal book, he talks about the acquaint he abstruse and what he sees on the horizon.
Hit & Run by Nancy Griffin & Kim Masters
The adventure of the acceleration of two of the a lot of adventurous producers in the account of Hollywood: Jon Peters and Peter Gruber.
Hello, He Lied by Lynda Obst
Get the beeline adventure (with all the dank details) from adept ambassador Lynda Obst (Sleepless in Seattle, Interstellar) as she interweaves hard-won tips and tricks with tales from the set. Essential.
You’ll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again by Julia Phillips
Oscar-winning ambassador Julia Phillips produced some BIG movies in the 1970s and 1980s, including Taxi Driver, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and The Sting, again accomplished a claimed and career atrophy due to drugs and bad business deals. Again she wrote this book, which was one of the aboriginal tell-all memoirs from an A-list Hollywood insider.
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Adventure of Cannon Films (documentary)
This absonant attending at Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, the two larger-than-life producers abaft Cannon Films, is must-see examination for anyone absorbed in bearing movies. They bankrupt the cast afterwards Cannon. Directed by Mark Hartley.
How I Fabricated 100 Movies in Hollywood And Never Lost a Dime by Roger Corman
Legendary B-movie ambassador Roger Corman divulges (almost) all of the secrets he’s abstruse from over 5 decades (at the time of publication) in the blur business.
Corman’s World (documentary)
A fast-moving, abrupt overview of Roger Corman’s career, including his extensive access on some of the best filmmakers anytime to appear out of Hollywood. Directed by Alex Stapleton.