The FilmCraft series from Focal Press
is a very well made series of books. With each release it makes the
series that much stronger and the quality and content has continued
to be of high value to not only film buffs but the casual reader as
well. The latest gem in the series is a very strong addition. It
focuses on what you may think of as the ring master of it all. The
The FilmCraft book “Producing” is in truth a jack of many trades,
they have their hands on a film project from the start and are
instrumental in hiring all members of the film crew (Director too)
as well as the cast.
The writers Geoffrey Macnab and Sharon Swart both have long careers
in the writing field and covering and or writing about the
entertainment industry in one aspect or another.
In this book they bring all their skills to bear using in depth
interviews and plumbing the minds and thoughts of some of the
industry’s great Producers. As this book series has always covered
the greats from several countries and thankfully, the tradition
stands for this title. We get some incredible insights from all over
the world. The United States, Australia, The Netherlands, Germany,
and the UK to name a few, and this is where this book is a true gem
The insights are simply fascinating. The behind the scenes of a
production, what happened, things that were supposed to happen but
did not. For whatever reason, and often those reasons are
shared…some twist happened and made the film that much better. These
little known stories of behind the scenes and even the thought
process of these Producers highlighted is a treasure trove of
insider information. “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” for instance
was not expected to do well in America, it was a film that was
mainly focused on the Chinese market…finding out the inside
information on one of the best Hong Kong industry films is a real
treat…and there are dozens of other films from all over the world
spotlighted in this book.
The books design follows the others in the Film Craft line, Soft
bound with an artistic cover that you feel like you want to hang on
a wall and display, spread them out on your coffee table because
they are so artistically designed.
Photographic illustrations inside are just as artistically done,
with a mix of film scenes and behind the scenes and in the process
moments. It’s a fitting culmination of these two fine writers work
as the veil of mystery for the Producers craft is observed and
patiently shared with the reader.
The Film Craft Series : Producing, is the book to have in your
library. If you have a shred of love for cinema, do not pass this
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