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Tom Shone
352 Pages
Publisher: Scribner (July 2005)
ISBN: 0743239911
Price: S$19.95 (Available in Borders)





How much do you know about the origins of the summer blockbuster phenomenon? To the average moviegoer, summertime is when huge Hollywood tentpole projects are released. But not everyone knew how it all began. It’s origins according to Tom Shone start from a film called “Jaws”.

What kept this book so fascinating are Shone’s interviews with the industry big names including Spielberg, George Lucas and Ridley Scott. Names that are synonymously linked to the biggest hits of motion picture history. “Alien”, “Star Wars” and “Titanic” are dissected by Shone and how huge sums of greenback are splurged on marketing and merchandising by the major studios. Familiarised yourself with figures such as $100 million and $50 million because there’s lots of interesting box-office results from the past years. There are also brutally honest snippets into Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg’s childhood.


“When Jim (Cameron) makes a movie he writes two", says friend Scott Ross. What he does is he sleeps during the day and he wakes up in the night and from 8:00 PM until 1:00AM he'll write one movie and from two o'clock until seven he'll write the other movie. He cocoons himself and nobody ever sees him and then he comes out and now he's got these screenplays and now he wants a close group of his personal friends to read the screenplays and give him feedback. He wants lots of feedback and if you don't give it to him, he gets very upset because he needs to know if he's good. Once he's made a decision and decides this is the way to go then he will just go and all hell breaks loose."


Shone’s first book is an easy read especially for the diehard movie fans. Glide through the pages at ease and have a behind-the-scenes look at the ever-changing trend of summer blockbusters.  

Review by Linus Tee


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