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Homemade Hollywood Fans Behind the Camera

by Clive Young

Homemade Hollywood Fans Behind the Camera Synopsis

This is a comprehensive book about fan films, covering the secret history of the burgeoning movement creating the cinema of tomorrow.Who would risk his life swinging six stories above the ground without a net, just for a homemade Spiderman movie? What would drive a young couple with a newborn baby to spend their life savings on a Star Wars film that has been seen by 4 million people - but from which they can never profit? And why would Steven Spielberg praise three nobodies for a home movie they made as teenagers in the Eighties? They're fan filmmakers, creating the cinema of tomorrow: quick, bite-sized movies, starring world-famous characters from Superman to Captain Kirk to Lara Croft. The flicks are fun, free and totally illegal.Now, thanks to Internet sites like YouTube and file sharing technologies like Bit Torrent, this controversial filmmaking movement is starting to rise to the surface. Likewise, Hollywood is taking notice: However, there is no comprehensive book about fan films. There's no tome devoted to the controversies surrounding this unlawful brand of filmmaking and how they're already changing today's media. There's no guide that tells you which movies to search out - and which ones to leave hidden under their rocks. Homemade Hollywood: The Fan Film Phenomenon can be that book.

Homemade Hollywood Fans Behind the Camera Press Reviews

Normal0falsefalsefalseMicrosoftInternetExplorer4!--/* Style Definitions */p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal{mso-style-parent: ;margin:0in;margin-bottom: .0001pt;mso-pagination: widow-orphan;font-size:12.0pt;font-family: Times New Roman ;mso-fareast-font-family: Times New Roman ;}a: link, span.MsoHyperlink{color: blue;text-decoration: underline;text-underline: single;}a: visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed{color: purple;text-decoration: underline;text-underline: single;}@page Section1{size:8.5in 11.0in;margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in;mso-header-margin: .5in;mso-footer-margin: .5in;mso-paper-source:0;}div.Section1{page: Section1;} /* Style Definitions */table.MsoNormalTable{mso-style-name: Table Normal ;mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;mso-style-noshow: yes;mso-style-parent: ;mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;mso-para-margin:0in;mso-para-margin-bottom: .0001pt;mso-pagination: widow-orphan;font-size:10.0pt;font-family: Times New Roman ;mso-ansi-langua Review in in Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden's third largest morning newspaper. Clive Young manages to turn what could have been a lugubrious analysis into an interesting, chatty, and accessibly fun look at why fans do what we do. -JM Frey, hardcorenerdity.com Homemade Hollywood offers something for everyone. Whether you're looking from some inspiration for your own planned fan filmmaking adventure, have dreams of knocking on Hollywood's rear door, or you're seeking an insightful history lesson on this purely grassroots movement, this book delivers. It's a thoroughly entertaining and impassioned read that I think should be required reading for teenagers who claim there's absolutely nothing cool to do in their cities and towns. I'd much rather have my son creating cinematic web gems, than vegging out on video games. It's written for anyone with an obsession for the popular film medium, who might need a little emotional validation and credibility for their fervent pass-time, and will certainly be an enjoyable tome for everyone else. -FilmFetish.com Some have called the fan-film phenomenon a movement, but that word suggests an immediacy not borne out by historical facts. It's bigger, wider than a movement; it's a culture. Homemade Hollywood is a fascinating chronicle of much of how that culture came to be. -Michael E. Ross, PopMatters.com Author Clive Young brings the rigors of a scholar and the inside-baseball of a fan to this well-researched and -written survey of how doing it yourself has both helped drive our enduring love of motion pictures and to articulate the populist roots of that obsession. -Michael E. Ross, PopMatters.com Overall, Homemade Hollywood is an excellent primer for academics new to the field of fanthropology, fan film makers who want to avoid their predecessor's pit falls and trace their successes, and copyright owning legal departments at a loss to decipher what to do about transformative works based on their properties. Young manages to convey not only the whys and wherefores of the hobby, but also the gleeful passion of the fans, the dedication, the heart, and the drive of the fan film maker out there with a camera not for fame, not for fortune, but as an act of utter love. -JM Frey, hardcorenerdity.com Homemade Hollywood works because it properly historicizes the fan-movie experience, and deepens our historical understanding of the hold that cinema has on the popular imagination. -Michael E. Ross, PopMatters.com Normal0falsefalsefalseMicrosoftInternetExplorer4! /* Style Definitions */p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal{mso-style-parent: ;margin:0in;margin-bottom: .0001pt;mso-pagination: widow-orphan;font-size:12.0pt;font-family: Times New Roman ;mso-fareast-font-family: Times New Roman ;}a: link, span.MsoHyperlink{color: blue;text-decoration: underline;text-underline: single;}a: visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed{color: purple;text-decoration: underline;text-underline: single;}@page Section1{size:8.5in 11.0in;margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in;mso-header-margin: .5in;mso-footer-margin: .5in;mso-paper-source:0;}div.Section1{page: Section1;} >/* Style Definitions */table.MsoNormalTable{mso-style-name: Table Normal ;mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;mso-style-noshow: yes;mso-style-parent: ;mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;mso-para-margin:0in;mso-para-margin-bottom: .0001pt;mso-pagination: widow-orphan;font-size:10.0pt;font-family: Times New Roman ;mso-ansi-language Normal0falsefalsefalseMicrosoftInternetExplorer4st1\: *{behavior: url(#ieooui) }! /* Style Definitions */p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal{mso-style-parent: ;margin:0in;margin-bottom: .0001pt;mso-pagination: widow-orphan;font-size:12.0pt;font-family: Times New Roman ;mso-fareast-font-family: Times New Roman ;}a: link, span.MsoHyperlink{color: blue;text-decoration: underline;text-underline: single;}a: visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed{color: purple;text-decoration: underline;text-underline: single;}@page Section1{size:8.5in 11.0in;margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in;mso-header-margin: .5in;mso-footer-margin: .5in;mso-paper-source:0;}div.Section1{page: Section1;} >/* Style Definitions */table.MsoNormalTable{mso-style-name: Table Normal ;mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;mso-style-noshow: yes;mso-style-parent: ;mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;mso-para-margin:0in;mso-para-margin-bottom: .0001pt;mso-pagination: widow-orphan;font-size:10.0pt;font-family: Ti Normal0falsefalsefalseMicrosoftInternetExplorer4/* Style Definitions */table.MsoNormalTable{mso-style-name: Table Normal ;mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;mso-style-noshow: yes;mso-style-parent: ;mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;mso-para-margin:0in;mso-para-margin-bottom: .0001pt;mso-pagination: widow-orphan;font-size:10.0pt;font-family: Times New Roman ;mso-ansi-language: #0400;mso-fareast-language: #0400;mso-bidi-language: #0400;} Clive Young's book does a great job putting togetherthe unknown history of fan films...I never got to make a fan film, but afterreading Homemade Hollywood, I wish I had. -RetroThing.com Young's acoount is intelligent and partisan 5 June 2009--, Times Literary Supplement Young's riveting volume, illustrated with stills and behind-the-scenes photographs, also covers what these films have to say about our relationship to our favorite characters and Hollywood's gradual, wary acceptance of their existence. -SciFi Magazine Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name: Table Normal ; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow: yes; mso-style-parent: ; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom: .0001pt; mso-pagination: widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman ; mso-ansi-language: #0400; mso-fareast-language: #0400; mso-bidi-language: #0400;} Clive Young's book does a great job putting together the unknown history of fan films...I never got to make a fan film, but after reading Homemade Hollywood, I wish I had. -RetroThing.com HOMEMADE HOLLYWOOD: FANS BEHIND THE CAMERA traces an underground 'fan film' movement from the 1920s to YouTube modern times, covering everything from the indie filmmaking industry to how big media changes attitudes and content of movies themselves. Any movie fan interested on more than a general level will find this a lively fascinating coverage of alternative movie media. -James A. Cox, California Bookwatch--Sanford Lakoff Part celebration, part scholarly history, Clive Young's homage to fan-made flicks is a passionate, persuasive exercise in balance Total Film, 1 June 2009--Sanford Lakoff Young's acoount is intelligent and partisan 5 June 2009--Sanford Lakoff Times Literary Supplement

Book Information

ISBN: 9780826429230
Publication date: 15th December 2008
Author: Clive Young
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 240 pages
Categories: Films, cinema, Popular culture,

About Clive Young

Clive Young is an author and lecturer covering the crossroads between high technology and popular culture. He will appear in the upcoming documentary, Star Wars Fans, discussing the cultural consequences of fan productions, and has lectured on the topic at universities, libraries and conventions. More information on Young can be found at his website, www.cliveyoung.com.

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