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What was it?  Essentially, the Hollywood Studio System was a way to mass produce movies  Each studio was a massive lot that took up acres and acres.

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3 What was it?

4  Essentially, the Hollywood Studio System was a way to mass produce movies  Each studio was a massive lot that took up acres and acres of land  Studios were complete with several different sets (Western town, New York Avenue, European Village, horror castle, etc)  Also included in studios were any prop, costume, or piece of equipment one could ever need to make a movie

5  As film grew more and more popular throughout the 1920’s, Americans demanded more quality films quicker  The studio system was the answer—a way to mass produce movies in one area  Eventually, five major studios emerged


7 This is a New York City street set from the 1920’s




11  Costume designer  Seamstress  Hair Designer  Set Designer  Music director  Technical Crew: ◦ Cinematographer (lighting) ◦ The Grip (Arranged the Set)  Special Effects department ◦ Find ways to bring the impossible to life—King Kong, Oz, Frankenstein, etc  Director ◦ Responsible for guiding the acting  Producer ◦ Brought all the pieces together

12  Oversaw the studio; had a final say on all decisions  To the Right: Louis B. Mayer, head of MGM  With the continued success of the film industry, dictators became very, VERY wealthy (and ruthful)

13 The life of a Studio System Actor

14  Actors were contracted to a studio and expected to make a certain number of films in a given time.  Actors did not agree to how many hours they would work, and were at the mercy of the studio  Ralph Bellamy was contracted to appear in thirteen feature films in one year; rebelled when he was asked to work straight through without a single days rest between films

15  Actors had not formed Unions yet, so the studio held a lot of power  1927 Actors Equity Association tried to organize  Mayer, against unionization of actors, formed the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ◦ The Academy would be responsible for mediating any conflicts between actors and studios ◦ The idea never fully came to fruition; however, an awards show did come out of this ◦ 1933 Screen Actor’s Guild formed; has represented the stars since. (unions vs. guilds)

16  Despite the harsh studio demands, many actors and actresses became household names  Stars were read about in fan magazines  During making of films, wore makeup to cover up any imperfections  Movie stars represented escape for Americans, and offered different types of escape throughout the Golden Age of Hollywood...

17  Rudolph Valentino ◦ Seen as the exotic hero for women ◦ The Shiek ◦ Represented the unreachable, romanticized ideal from a faraway land

18  Gary Cooper, Clark Gable, Cary Grant  All “Good Guys” who could be depended on to be brave and noble  Handsome and manly

19  More sophisticated, tougher hero  Someone who became more cynical and less idealistic  Humphrey Bogart  Burt Lancaster

20 Judy Garland Ingrid Berman

21 Gene Kelly Most Famous Role: Singin’ in the Rain James Stewart Most Famous Role: It’s a Wonderful Life

22  Studio System, through mass producing movies, did several things: ◦ Delivered volume of films to American people ◦ Created the Golden Age of Hollywood ◦ Turned actors and actresses into stars ◦ Made a ton of money in the process

23 4/29/201522 Moviemaking

24 4/29/201523 Film vs.Video As noted: Film stock is the imaging device for motion picture film CCD or CMOS is the imaging device for video

25 4/29/201524 Picture resolution as discussed

26 4/29/201525 Major Movie Studios Paramount (including MTV Films, etc. -- Viacom / CBS ) One of the oldest, largest and most well known movie production and distribution companies. Only studio IN Hollywood. Founded in 1912 by Hungarian-born Adolph Zukor. Currently owned by Viacom Inc. Paramount held the record for highest grossing film at the box office (unadjusted)--Titanic 1997 grossed $1,842,879,955 at the world wide box office, with a domestic total gross of $600,788,188.

27 4/29/201526 Paramount Behind the Scenes...

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32 4/29/201531 Major Movie Studios Warner Bros. -- Burbank, CA  One of world's largest and most successful film producing and distributing companies.  Originally founded in 1918 by four brothers, who were immigrants from Poland.  The third oldest of Hollywood studios, and is one of the original pioneers in the film industry.

33 4/29/201532 Major Movie Studios Sony Pictures  1987, Columbia Pictures Entertainment (Columbia and Tri-Star Studios) Walt Disney (Buena Vista Distribution)  Founded in 1923 by Roy & Walt Disney 20th Century Fox  Owned by News Corporation Universal  NBC Universal. Now owned by Comcast. Founded in Los Angeles in June, 1912 by a German Jewish immigrant: Carl Laemmle

34 4/29/201533 Other Movie Studios Dreamworks SKG (Spielberg) New Line Cinema  Founded in 1967. In 1996 it became a subsidiary of Time Warner. In 2008, ceased independent operations as a movie studio / absorbed into Warner Brothers. Miramax  founded by Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein in 1979; bought by Disney in 1993, sold in 2010. Lionsgate

35 4/29/201534 5 stages of moviemaking  Filmmaking vs. moviemaking Development Pre-production Production Post-Production Distribution and exhibition

36 4/29/201535 Development Who can pitch, to whom do you pitch, optioning a script / step deal The script is written and drafted into a workable blueprint for a film Decisions made about stars (‘packaging’) and initial casting, location, budgets Who is calling the shots?

37 4/29/201536 Development steps... Producer finds a story (from...) After identifying a theme or underlying message, the producer works with writers to prepare a synopsis They produce a step outline, (or scene outline) breaking the story down into one-paragraph scenes that concentrate on dramatic structure Then, they prepare a treatment, a 25 to 30 page description of the story, its mood, and characters ‘Notes’ along the way

38 4/29/201537 Development Next, a screenwriter writes a screenplay over a period of several months. The screenwriter may rewrite it several times to improve dramatization, clarity, structure, characters, dialogue, and overall style. Other writers may be brought in. BUT, Producers often skip the previous steps and develop submitted screenplays -- which investors, studios, and other interested parties assess through a process called script coverage.

39 4/29/201538 Development... A film distributor may be contacted -- assess the likely market and potential financial success of the film. Hollywood distributors consider:  the film genre, the target audience,  the historical success of similar films  actors who might appear, potential directors. All these factors imply a certain appeal of the film to a possible audience and hence the number of "A.I.S." during the theatrical release.

40 4/29/201539 Development... Not all films make a profit from theatrical release -- DVD sales and worldwide... Producer & screenwriter prepare a pitch and present it to potential financiers. If the pitch is successful, the film (or TV show) receives a "green light”  May be ‘optioned’ The parties negotiate a deal and sign contracts. Once the deal is set, the film may proceed into the pre-production period. By this stage, the film should have a clearly defined marketing strategy and target audience.

41 4/29/201540 Pre-production Preparations are made for the shoot Cast and crew are hired UPM -- script breakdown Locations are selected Sets are built Equipment secured / leased Script re-writes and staff

42 4/29/201541 Pre-production The production company is created and a production office established. The production is storyboarded and visualized with the help of illustrators and concept artists. A production budget is drawn up to plan expenditures for the film.

43 4/29/201542 Production Actual shooting of the raw elements Crew members sharing the ‘Director’s Vision’ Call sheets etc Studio stages, Locations, department heads, 2nd units

44 4/29/201543 Post-Production Transfer to digital, then editing Dialogue editing / including ADR Music tracks (and songs) composed, performed, recorded Scenes are scored Sound effects are designed and recorded Computer-graphic 'visual' effects are digitally added, All sound elements are mixed into "stems," then the stems are mixed, then married to picture The film is fully completed ("locked")

45 4/29/201544 Once Locked... The film is passed into the hands of the postproduction supervising sound editor to layer the sound track. Voice recordings are synchronized The final sound mix is created by the re- recording mixer. The sound mix combines dialogue, sound effects, ADR, walla, Foleys and music.

46 4/29/201545 Sales and distribution The film is screened for potential buyers (distributors) It is picked up by a distributor and reaches its cinema and/or home media audience. Promotion and marketing -- advertising, actor appearances, etc. $$$ ‘Straight to DVD’ ?

47 4/29/201546 Major Positions Above the line -- $$ Residuals / owners Producer, Director, Writer, Actors Producer  Hires a crew  The nature of the film and the budget, determine the size and type of crew used during filmmaking  Many Hollywood blockbusters employ a cast and crew of hundreds  A low-budget, independent film may be made by a skeleton crew of eight or nine (or fewer).

48 4/29/201547 Director Primarily responsible for the storytelling, creative decisions and acting of the film. Established versus emerging directors Film school graduates ‘Author’ of a movie, while the Producer is ‘author’ of a TV show ‘Director’s cuts’ of movies

49 4/29/201548 Famous TV Producers / Movie Directors Dick Clark, Gene Roddenberry, Norman Lear, Aaron Spelling, Jerry Bruckheimer, Chuck Lorre... Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Oliver Stone, James Cameron, George Lucas, Ron Howard, Tim Burton, JJ Abrams...

50 4/29/201549 Below the Line Director of Photography (DP) The cinematographer who supervises the photography of the entire film A chief over the camera and lighting crews working on a film Responsible for achieving artistic and technical decisions related to the image Some professionals insist that the term cinematographer only applies when the director of photography and camera operator are the same person

51 4/29/201550 Unit Production Manager (UPM) Responsible for watching all the costs--to deliver the project on budget at the end of principal photography. Lead dept. managers, script breakdown. Producers responsible for cost-related decisions on above-the-line (primarily, casting) issues; UPM responsible for below-the-line (primarily, production period) costs. The film’s director has the final say on the cinematographer, costume designer, production designer, and film editor; UPM makes the deals and hires the remaining crew.

52 4/29/201551 Production Coordinator Serves under the UPM to coordinate the various groups and personnel that come together to make a movie or TV show. Requires organizational skills and the ability to handle a multitude of tasks simultaneously under often high- pressure situations. Duties are often undefined and extremely varied ranging from office manager, to human resources, to controller, to accountant.

53 4/29/201552 Other major positions Casting Director Location Manager Line Producer Production Designer * Sound Designer Art Director Editor *

54 4/29/201553 Discussion How much control does a Producer have on a project? How much control does a writer have on the actual implementation and production of a script (s)he has sold to a Producer? How involved is the Director typically in casting a film? (more)

55 4/29/201554 Discussion What is involved in Production Design? What is involved in Sound Design? What is and how important is product placement? How important is casting? Does the director direct talent or crew? What are some issues about location shooting?

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