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TV Noir: Dark Drama On The Small Screen by Allen Glover (book review).

September 24, 2019 | By | Reply More
TV Noir: Dark Drama On The Small Screen by Allen Glover (book review).

Everyone here has probably heard of Film Noir, the dramatised dark underbelly of the world we live in. It got its name largely because as the reverse of the light and gay (the old meaning of happy) fantasy highlife as depicted in many films of that period. Film Noir filmed in the gap for those […]

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The World Of IT by Alyse Wax (book review).

September 15, 2019 | By | Reply More
The World Of IT by Alyse Wax (book review).

I’m glad I watched the first IT (2016) film before reading this book, ‘The World Of IT’. Considering the current lack of availability, I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a boxset coming out any time soon. Alyse Wax, in her introduction, points out the first film made $123 million in its first weekend and a […]

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They Drew As They Pleased Volume 5: The Hidden Art Of Disney’s Early Renaissance: The 1970s and 1980s by Didier Ghez (book review).

September 4, 2019 | By | Reply More
They Drew As They Pleased Volume 5: The Hidden Art Of Disney’s Early Renaissance: The 1970s and 1980s by Didier Ghez (book review).

For the fifth volume of ‘They Drew As They Pleased’, Didier Ghez only covers two designers at Disney and, as he points out in the introduction, this late period in Disney history hasn’t really been covered before. With the old guard retiring and Walt Disney himself dead in 1966, they needed some decent all-rounders to […]

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Industrial Light & Magic Presents Making ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story by Rob Bredow, Foreword by Ron Howard (book review).

August 30, 2019 | By | Reply More
Industrial Light & Magic Presents Making ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story by Rob Bredow, Foreword by Ron Howard (book review).

‘Solo’ the story of how smuggler Han Solo and best friend Chewbacca got together and attempted a couple of heists was an odd movie in some ways. It arrived five months after the divisive yet brilliant ‘The Last Jedi’, wracked with stories of production issues, on-set acting coaching and the removal of original directors Phil […]

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Scripts From The Crypt: The Brute Man by Scott Gallinghouse (book review).

August 7, 2019 | By | Reply More
Scripts From The Crypt: The Brute Man by Scott Gallinghouse (book review).

Scott Gallinghouse’s book title, ‘Scripts From The Crypt: The Brute Man’, is a reference to the final of two films that starred Rondo Hatton although this is really a book about him. I suspect most people know of Hatton from a lookalike make-up played by ‘Tiny Ron’ Taylor in the 1991 film ‘The Rocketeer’ than […]

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Story Selling: How To Develop, Market And Pitch Your Film & TV Projects by Heather Hale (book review)

August 1, 2019 | By | Reply More
Story Selling: How To Develop, Market And Pitch Your Film & TV Projects by Heather Hale  (book review)

In other books from Michael Wiese Productions, there have been sections dealing with how to sell scripts in Hollywood. I’ve used the entire title of Heather Hale’s book ‘Story Selling: How To Develop, Market And Pitch Your Film & TV Projects’ just in case your eyes play tricks and you think the main title is […]

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Bela Lugosi And The Monogram 9 by Gary D. Rhodes and Robert Guffey (book review).

July 31, 2019 | By | Reply More
Bela Lugosi And The Monogram 9 by Gary D. Rhodes and Robert Guffey (book review).

If you thought ‘Bela Lugosi And The Monogram 9’ was a pop group or even a missed Lugosi film, go to the back of the class. Well, sort of. I have to confess I wasn’t quite sure what this book by Gary D. Rhodes and Robert Guffey was all about until I started reading it. […]

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“One More Thing, Sir…”: A Memoir by Michael Sloan (book review).

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“One More Thing, Sir…”: A Memoir by Michael Sloan (book review).

I remember the name Michael Sloan with his association with ‘The Return Of The Six Million Dollar Man And The Bionic Woman’ and its two sequels but hadn’t really realised just how much other work he’d done over the years. Remembering credits isn’t something I normally did or made the connections. Sloan first did a […]

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The Art Of Toy Story 4 (book review).

June 26, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Art Of Toy Story 4 (book review).

I should say from the start that if you’re buying this book to see pictures from the film then this might not be the book for you. However, if you want to see the designs that became the stars of the film, then you’ll be well at home. You do get to see storyboards for […]

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Writing For The Cut: Shaping Your Script For Cinema by Greg Loftin (book review).

June 1, 2019 | By | Reply More
Writing For The Cut: Shaping Your Script For Cinema by Greg Loftin (book review).

Author Greg Loftin points out in the introduction of his book ‘Writing For The Cut: Shaping Your Script For Cinema’ that the art of film editing is almost arcane simply because editors keep so many secrets about the directors they work with. Thing is, editors are the people who shape the material the directors give […]

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