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Making A Movie Imagine a young child eye level with a floor full of miniature toys concentrating intently on building a make-believe world To the child the toys are not miniature figures made of plastic or wood They are real characters with real adventures The child frames the action crafting scenes that unfold in a world of imagination Looking through the lens of a camera as actors bring to life a writers story the filmmaker is also peering into a world of imagination The director producer actors screenwriter and film editor are all essential players in the journey from concept to finished film In this remarkable process thousands of small details-and often hundreds of people-come together to create a Hollywood film In the Beginning The year is 1890 Directors editors and cameramen are making silent films with the help of a scenarist usually an ex-vaudeville actor who invents humorous situations But where are the screenwriters These early films dont need them Without sound there is no need for dialogue Motion Picture Association of America MPAA 1999 The Storytellers All of that changed with the advent of sound for film in the 1920s Suddenly actors needed something to say Writers flocked to Hollywood in droves from Broadway and from the worlds of literature and journalism For a brief time in the 1930s some of the worlds most famous writers wrote Hollywood scripts William Faulkner F Scott Fitzgerald Bertolt and Thomas Mann In 1932 William Faulkner earned 6000 in salary and rights for a story a substantial of money at the time Just five years later F Scott Fitzgerald earned 1250 per week more money than he had ever earned in his life Brady 1981 26 and enough to get him out of the serious debt he had fallen into Despite generous pay the conditions under which these world-renowned writers labored were anything but
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