Many books and Web sites provide detailed histories of Hollywood and the film industry, but few provide in-depth information about how the industry really works and practical advice about how (and whether) to pursue a career in the business. This bookIntroduction to the Motion Picture Industryfills that void. Veteran entertainment/film attorney John W. Cones provides an authoritative description of the U.S. motion picture industry, including a critical but fair-handed analysis of the structure of the industry, and detailed information about
the stages in the life of a feature film,
how films are distributed and exhibited,
film industry support services (film schools, software, databases),
jobs available in the industry, including specific descriptions,
organizations representing people who work in the industry,
issues and problems facing the industry, and
the economics of filmmaking, including how to finance a film.
The Appendix includes an essay that criticizes centralized control of the film industry (perfect starting point for a class discussion), and the book also contains endnotes, references, a detailed glossary of film-industry terms and an index. Introduction to the Motion Picture Industry is ideal for introductory film classes and an indispensable reference for anyone considering a future in or already working for the film industry.
About the Author
John W. Cones is a securities and entertainment attorney in Los Angeles, where he advises clients who produce independent feature films, videos, television shows and plays. He has written 11 other books on Hollywood, and he lectures frequently on film finance and distribution.
About the Book
294 pages 7 x 10 textbook format 10 color photographs/illustrations Includes glossary of film-related terms, notes, bibliography and index Copyright 2009 ISBN: 978-0-922993-90-1 (paperback) $79.95