By meticulously compiling the details of how movies have been made and financed since the medium′s inception, chronicling their performances at the box office, and offering expert commentary about the most important trends of the last one hundred years, the authors of this book have given readers a singularly unique perspective on the film-making industry and a superlative blueprint for future successful filmmaking ventures.
Taking us decade by decade, this book focuses on the revenues, costs, production and distribution of 300 of the most critically and financially successful movies of all time from the business′s origins through 2005. Its numerous essays examine trends in war, noir, bio-drama, biblical, epic, musical, western, disaster, crime, and action adventure films, as well as the advent the summer movie, auteur filmmaking, and the revolutionary advances that have been made in film technology over time. Furthermore, its full complement of charts, graphs and diagrams presenting such things as salary histories, awards and honors, the number of principal photography days required, advertising expenditures, domestic versus overseas profits and more, also include conversions of past movie-making dollars into current dollar values for easy and relevant comparisons.
The ideal resource for filmmakers of every kind, this book evidences that blockbusters have not only been made on relatively low budgets before, but that they have been made time and time again through varying economic climates.
George Lucas′s Blockbusting is indispensible reading for all who love and contribute to the film business.
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Alex Ben Block is an internationally known entertainment industry journalist, author, broadcaster, and show business historian. He was Editor of two of Hollywood's top trade publications-The Hollywood Reporter and Television Week, which Block helped successfully re-launch. He was also an Associate Editor of Forbes magazine and a movie critic in Detroit, Miami, and Los Angeles. He oversaw programming for the American Pavilion at Cannes, 2008. Currently Editor-at-Large for The Hollywood Reporter and Show Business Historian for Hollywood Today. Lucy Autrey Wilson began her career with Lucasfilm in 1974, typing the script to the first Star Wars movie on an IBM Selectric typewriter. She then explored areas as diverse as construction, film, special effects, licensing, and merchandising. In the late 1980s, she launched an all-new Star Wars publishing program comprised of more than 1,500 titles, including 63 New York Times bestsellers, before moving on to new challenges in nonfiction publishing. She currently serves as the Director of Publishing for George Lucas Books, a division of JAK Films.
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 231 x 183 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Film students, business majors, movie fans, industry insiders, and all those who appreciate human ingenuity will be fascinated and inspired by George Lucas Blockbusting - a comprehensive look at how 300 of the most successful motion pictures of all time were made and financed despite seemingly insurmountable economic, cultural, and political challenges. Even in the face of war, the Great Depression, blacklisting, and more, every era has enjoyed movie blockbusters. Included here are sure-fire successes, complete surprises, movies made on scant budgets, others that were leveraged to the hilt, films celebrated upon release that have since lost their glow, those that have become more popular with time, and a few that remain inexplicably unheralded by the awards community today. In its detailed examination of each film s costs and revenues as well as each era s prevailing production, distribution, exhibition, marketing, and technology trends, this book provides a truly unique perspective of the movie-making business. Filled with essays, charts, and graphs drawn from diverse sources - not the least of which is the exhaustive Lucasfilm library - it ultimately presents the compelling story of the medium s evolution, from inception through its continuing reinventions. No true movie lover should be without it. Bookseller Inventory # AA89780061778896