Like many other cultural commodities, films and TV shows tend to work in such a way as to obscure the conditions under which they are produced, a process that has been reinforced by dominant trends in the practice of Film and Television Studies.
This collection places the workplace experiences of industry workers at centre stage. It looks at film and television production in a variety of social, economic, political, and cultural contexts. The book provides detailed analyses of specific systems of production and their role in shaping the experience of work, whilst also engaging with the key theoretical and methodological questions involved in film and television production. Drawing together the work of historians, film scholars, and anthropologists, it looks at film and television production not only in Hollywood and Western Europe but also in less familiar settings such as the Soviet Union, India, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Chronologically wide-ranging, interdisciplinary and international in scope, it is a unique introduction, critical for all students of the film industries and film production.
Andrew Dawson is Film Studies programme leader at the University of Greenwich. He teaches courses on Film and American Society and Working for Hollywood. Sean Holmes is Subject Leader for Screen Media and a lecturer in Film and Television Studies at Brunel University. He has taught in the U.K. and the U.S. and his current research looks at the politics of cultural production.
INTRODUCTION Andrew Dawson and Sean Holmes, "Working in Film and Television" PART ONE: SYSTEMS OF PRODUCTION 1. Andrew Dawson, "Labouring in Hollywood's Motion Picture Industry and the Promise of 'Flexible Specialisation'" 2. Dorota Ostrowska, "Alternative Models of Film Production: Film Units in Poland after World War II." 3. Olof Hedling, "New Creative Cities in Scandinavia?" PART TWO: MANOEUVRABLE SPACES 4. Sean Holmes, "No Room for Manoeuvre: Star Images and the Regulations of Actors' Labour in Silent-Era Hollywood." 5. Richard Paterson, "Freelance Life in UK Television" 6. Ikechukwu Obiaya, "Behind the Scenes: The Hidden Face of Nollywood." PART THREE: PATRONAGE AND CLIENTISM 7. Katrien Pype, "Fathers, Patrons and Clients: Social and Economic Aspects in the Production of Television Drama in Post-Mobutu Kinshasa." 8. Alison Smith, "Les Chefs-Operatrices: Women Behind the Camera in France." PART FOUR: CREATIVE AGENCY 9. Linda Marchant, "Cornel Lucas: Stills Photography and Production Culture in 1950s British Film." 10. Clare Wilkinson-Weber, "Making Faces: Competition and Change in the Production of Bollywood Film Star Looks." CONCLUSION BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX