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Motion pictures are made, not mass produced, requiring a remarkable collection of skills, self-discipline, and sociality—all of which are sources of enormous pride among Hollywood’s craft and creative workers. The interviews collected here showcase the ingenuity, enthusiasm, and aesthetic pleasures that attract people to careers in the film and television industries. They also reflect critically on changes in the workplace brought about by corporate conglomeration and globalization. Rather than offer publicity-friendly anecdotes by marquee celebrities, Voices of Labor presents off-screen observations about the everyday realities of Global Hollywood. Ranging across job categories—from showrunner to make-up artist to location manager—this collection features voices of labor from Los Angeles, Atlanta, Prague, and Vancouver. Together they show how seemingly abstract concepts like conglomeration, financialization, and globalization are crucial tools for understanding contemporary Hollywood and for reflecting more generally on changes and challenges in the screen media workplace and our culture at large. Despite such formidable concerns, what nevertheless shines through is a commitment to craftwork and collaboration that provides the means to imagine and instigate future alternatives for screen media labor.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. 1. Listening to Labor
  2. pp. 1-17
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  1. Company Town
  2. pp. 18-21
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  1. 3. Mara Brock Akil, showrunner
  2. pp. 22-32
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  1. 4. Tom Schulman, screenwriter
  2. pp. 33-44
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  1. 5. Allison Anders, director
  2. pp. 45-55
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  1. 6. Lauren Polizzi, art director
  2. pp. 56-67
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  1. 7. Mary Jane Fort, costume designer
  2. pp. 68-79
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  1. 8. Anonymous, makeup artist
  2. pp. 80-89
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  1. 9. Stephen Lighthill, cinematographer
  2. pp. 90-99
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  1. 10. Calvin Starnes, grip
  2. pp. 100-112
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  1. 11. Steve Nelson, sound recordist
  2. pp. 113-125
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  1. 12. Rob Matsuda, musician
  2. pp. 126-135
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  1. Global Machine
  2. pp. 136-139
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  1. 14. Anonymous, studio production executive
  2. pp. 140-145
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  1. 15. David Minkowski, service producer
  2. pp. 146-157
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  1. 16. Adam Goodman, service producer
  2. pp. 158-168
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  1. 17. Stephen Burt, production manager
  2. pp. 169-178
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  1. 18. Belle Doyle, location manager
  2. pp. 179-189
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  1. 19. Wesley Hagan, location manager
  2. pp. 190-199
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  1. Fringe City
  2. pp. 200-203
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  1. 21. Scott Ross, VFX manager
  2. pp. 204-214
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  1. 22. Dave Rand, VFX artist
  2. pp. 215-225
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  1. 23. Mariana Acuña-Acosta, VFX artist
  2. pp. 226-237
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  1. 24. Daniel Lay, VFX artist
  2. pp. 238-249
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  1. 25. Steve Kaplan, union official
  2. pp. 250-260
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  1. 26. Dusty Kelly, union official
  2. pp. 261-272
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  1. Appendix: Interview Schedule
  2. p. 273
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  1. 002
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  1. 003
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780520968196
Related ISBN
9780520295438
MARC Record
OCLC
965446717
Pages
270
Launched on MUSE
2019-02-25
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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