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 indutries and film production.