Production Culture Industrial Reflexivity and Critical Practice in Film and Television

ISBN-10: 0822341115

ISBN-13: 9780822341116

Edition: 2008

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In Production Culture, John Thornton Caldwell investigates the cultural practices and belief systems of Los Angeles-based film and video production workers: not only those in prestigious positions such as producers and directors but also many "below-the-line" laborers, including gaffers, editors, and camera operators. Caldwell analyzes the narratives and rituals through which workers make sense of their labor and critique the film and TV industry as well as the culture writ large. As a self-reflexive industry, Hollywood constantly exposes itself and its production processes to the public; workers' ideas about the industry are embedded in their daily practices and the media they create. Caldwell suggests ways that scholars might learn from the industry's habitual self-scrutiny.
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Book details

List price: $30.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 3/25/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Introduction: Industrial Reflexivity and Common Sense
Trade Stories and Career Capital
Trade Rituals and Turf Marking
Trade Images and Imagined Communities (Below the Line)
Trade Machines and Manufactured Identities (Below the Line)
Industrial Auteur Theory (Above the Line / Creative)
Industrial Identity Theory (Above the Line / Business)
Industrial Reflexivity as Viral Marketing
Conclusion: Shoot-Outs, Bake-Offs, and Speed Dating (Manic Disclosure/Non-Disclosure)
Method: Artifacts and Cultural Practices in Production Studies
A Taxonomy of DVD Bonus Track Strategies and Functions
Practitioner Avowal/Disavowal (Industrial Doublespeak)
Corporate Reflexivity vs. Worker Reflexivity (The Two Warring Flipsides of Industrial Self-Disclosure)
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