Celluloid Mavericks: A History Of American Independent Film Making by Greg MerrittCelluloid Mavericks: A History Of American Independent Film Making by Greg Merritt

Celluloid Mavericks: A History Of American Independent Film Making

byGreg Merritt

Paperback | December 31, 1999

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Celluloid Mavericks: A History of American Independent Filmmaking documents this rich history, showing what it meant to be "independent" in the 1930s and what it means today. Author Greg Merritt distinguishes between indie and semi-indie productions, explores the genres represented under the independent umbrella, and addresses the question of what makes a movie independent -- its "spirit" or the budget backing the production. From one-reel flicks at the turn of the century to the blockbusters of the ‘90s, Celluloid Mavericks takes readers on a fascinating tour of the industry.
Greg Merritt is a screenwriter and also wrote How to Produce an Independent Film. He lives in Culver City, CA.
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Title:Celluloid Mavericks: A History Of American Independent Film MakingFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:416 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.32 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 1.32 inPublished:December 31, 1999Publisher:Hachette BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1560252324

ISBN - 13:9781560252320

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Wherever the mainstream exists, there's bound to be an underground movement challenging their ideas - and the cinematic world is no exception. Greg Merritt chronicles the birth of independent filmmaking in the United States, starting with D.W. Griffiths' film, The Birth of a Nation in 1915. Griffiths financed and produced the epic without major studio involvement. Merritt then looks at the rise of independent cinema as an alternative to mainstream film, culminating in a look at what's going on right now. The book celebrates the diversity of independent movies while showing the shared willingness among the creators to go it alone. Celluloid Mavericks is an immensely satisfying journey through cinematic history, one as exciting and captivating as a good movie.