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Shoot Out: Surviving Fame and (Mis)Fortune in Hollywood | [Peter Bart, Peter Guber]

Shoot Out: Surviving Fame and (Mis)Fortune in Hollywood

For film buffs, aspiring filmmakers, students, and anyone else intrigued by the inner workings of Hollywood, this is the quintessential take on the how, who, what, and why of the film business.
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Publisher's Summary

Hollywood thrives on shoot-outs - that series of standoffs, skirmishes, and power struggles that mark every stage of the filmmaking process. Whether it is a director insisting on a final cut, a star demanding a bigger motor home, a producer holding the line on a budget, or a grip with a gripe, it seems that the world of moviemaking is nothing but Sturm und Drang. All for the sake of control over a few flickering images on a silver screen.

Fundamentally, Shoot Out is about how movies get made. It covers the process from the first pitch to the final cut, and the players from writers, producers, and directors to stars, agents and marketers. And in the hands of two of Hollywood's best-known pundits, Peter Bart and Peter Guber, the story of Hollywood yesterday, today, and tomorrow is told with rare insight, intelligence and candor.

Together Guber and Bart run one of the most popular courses at UCLA, which inspired them to write ShootOut. Every year they invite industry personalities to participate in their program, and it is the stories from these luminaries - as well as the authors' personal adventures - that animate their book.

For film buffs, aspiring filmmakers, students, and anyone else intrigued by the inner workings of Hollywood, this is the quintessential take on the how, who, what, and why of the film business.

©2002 Bart Productions, Inc. and Gruber Family Trust; (P)2002 New Millennium Audio, All Rights Reserved

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    Nicholas Corvallis, OR, USA 12-02-04
    Nicholas Corvallis, OR, USA 12-02-04
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    "Engaging and insightful (and also well read)"

    I should first say that I'm not a Hollywood professional (or even an intern at the moment). I'm a student.

    Anyhow, for all that I can tell, this is an excellent book that actually feels enhanced in audio. Both authors do an excellent job in the reading and everything comes out clear in content and mood.

    The book itself paints a fairly vivid picture of various aspects of the film industry, past and present. Conveyed is the chaotic nature of the Hollywood beast, some generation gaps and changes in the structure of the Hollywood system, and some of the deals behind the scenes that have led to successful films and dismal failures.

    I definitely recommend this audiobook to anyone curious at all about Hollywood or the commercial film industry.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Soulhuntre 02-23-05
    Soulhuntre 02-23-05 Member Since 2004

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    "A great listen..."

    The writing is sometimes inconsistently paced, but the stories fromt he inside of Hollywood are entertaining and insightful.

    Well worth the time to hear.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Farrell, Ph.D. New York City area 07-18-14
    Patricia Farrell, Ph.D. New York City area 07-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    What would have made Shoot Out better?

    Pomposity has never appealed to me, nor has freshman English compositions and this book falls somewhere between the awful two. They had a story but they didn't know how to tell it and it fell flatter than a Katherine Heigl movie. Ugh. If they had loosened up and just told the story.


    Has Shoot Out turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No because I love books about film and filmmaking.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Bart and Peter Guber ’s performances?

    Absolutely not. Let them stick to being "film executives" or whatever title they employ currently.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Shoot Out?

    It needed a complete re-write and they didn't do that or, if they did, who the hell was their editor for this?


    Any additional comments?

    I think I've said it all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DS NH 02-15-13
    DS NH 02-15-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "from the mouth of legends"

    Both authors are Hollywood legends. The stories are also legendary. The era involved is also legendary. But, Barts' other books are better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Phil Newcastle, Australia 01-24-13
    Phil Newcastle, Australia 01-24-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "Very interesting"

    I enjoyed this book. As a fan of film it was interesting to get some insights from two of the industries best. The mutliple narration seemed to keep it fresh as well. Worth checking out if you love some good old Hollywood stories.

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    Rhonda Worcester, MA, USA 12-22-08
    Rhonda Worcester, MA, USA 12-22-08
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    "DON'T DO IT, BORING"

    Unfortunately, the descriptions of this book are very false. It was a waste of a credit and I regret it.

    1 of 12 people found this review helpful
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