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So You Want to Be a Producerby Lawrence Turman
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Few jobs in Hollywood are as shrouded in mystery as the role of the producer. What does it take to be a producer, how does one get started, and what on earth does one actually do? In So You Want to Be a Producer Lawrence Turman, the producer of more than forty films, including The Graduate, The River Wild, Short Circuit, and American History X, and Endowed Chair of the famed Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California, answers these questions and many more.
Examining all the nuts and bolts of production, such as raising money and securing permissions, finding a story and developing a script, choosing a director, hiring actors, and marketing your project, So You Want to Be a Producer is a must-have resource packed with insider information and first-hand advice from top Hollywood producers, writers, and directors, offering invaluable help for beginners and professionals alike.
Including a comprehensive case study of Turman’s film The Graduate, this complete guide to the movie industry’s most influential movers and shakers brims with useful tips and contains all the information you need to take your project from idea to the big screen.
A Hollywood producer draws on insider information to present a detailed primer on how to become a film or television producer, explaining how to take a project from idea to screen with practical advice on everything from raising money and securing permissions to dealing with the creative, marketing, and entrepreneurial aspects of the job. Original. 15,000 first printing.
Lawrence Turman has produced more than forty films, including The Graduate, The River Wild, Short Circuit, and American History X, and is the Endowed Chair of the famed Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Table of Contents
Why be a producer? — Can producing be taught? — You already are a producer — What does a producer do? — Where do you find a story? — How do you control the story? — How do you develop the script? — Where do you get the money? — How do you actually produce the movie? — How do you get people to see the movie? — What does producing really take? — How hard is it? — Looking back: how I became a producer — Producing The graduate: a case study.
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