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Creative Angst

Daniel O'Brien

Daniel O’Brien is a journalist and film critic whose work has been published in many leading UK film and general interest magazines. He is the author of several previous books including Clint Eastwood: Film-maker, and Robert Altman: Hollywood Survivor. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Paul Newman

Faber and Faber, 2004

Book chapter

...I want to work and can’t. You can and don’t. With or without the Oscar, Newman’s triumph in The Verdict confirmed his career renaissance after several lean years. While he would never have another hit on the scale of The Sting...

Step up to Bat

Eileen Quinn

Eileen Quinn and Judy Counihan have a combined experience of nearly forty years as producers in the UK film and television industry, with dozens of production credits as living proof of their pitching success. They joined forces to produce The Pitch after years of witnessing and working within an industry which suffers from its lack of sales training - their aim to help both buyers and sellers have a happier and more fruitful experience of the pitch process. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Judy Counihan

Judy Counihan

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The Pitch

Faber and Faber Limited, 2006

Book chapter

...You hit home runs not by chance but by preparation.The day of the big pitch dawns. How is it for you? Are you lying in bed paralysed with fear, rehearsing the way it will go in your head? (This inevitably ends with the tragic words: ‘Sorry,...

In the Beginning

Eileen Quinn

Eileen Quinn and Judy Counihan have a combined experience of nearly forty years as producers in the UK film and television industry, with dozens of production credits as living proof of their pitching success. They joined forces to produce The Pitch after years of witnessing and working within an industry which suffers from its lack of sales training - their aim to help both buyers and sellers have a happier and more fruitful experience of the pitch process. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Judy Counihan

Judy Counihan

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The Pitch

Faber and Faber Limited, 2006

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...Not long after those early pitching days, I was asked to do a ‘little talk’ about pitching for an industry group in Scotland. ‘Come along and tell us some stories,’ they said, adding with amazement, ‘We heard you actually Like to pitch...

Lawrence Bender

Helen de Winter

Helen de Winter has worked in production and post-production on independent and studio feature films, and freelanced as a script editor for UK and US producers. She produced her first acclaimed short film for FilmFour and BBC Films and has since produced four others. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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‘What I Really Want To Do Is PRODUCE …’ : Top Producers Talk Movies & Money

Faber and Faber, 2006

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...People may follow many and varied paths into the job of producing movies, and indeed they may embark from unlikely starting points. A background in the arts is not essential but clearly can be helpful — and those arts need...

Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner: Working Title

Helen de Winter

Helen de Winter has worked in production and post-production on independent and studio feature films, and freelanced as a script editor for UK and US producers. She produced her first acclaimed short film for FilmFour and BBC Films and has since produced four others. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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‘What I Really Want To Do Is PRODUCE …’ : Top Producers Talk Movies & Money

Faber and Faber, 2006

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...Working Title Films is one of the unalloyed success stories of contemporary British cinema. Its chairmen Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner each began their careers in the early 1980s while still in their mid-twenties, producing music videos, soon...

A Burning Sensation

Daniel O'Brien

Daniel O’Brien is a journalist and film critic whose work has been published in many leading UK film and general interest magazines. He is the author of several previous books including Clint Eastwood: Film-maker, and Robert Altman: Hollywood Survivor. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Paul Newman

Faber and Faber, 2004

Book chapter

...One tiny spark becomes a night of blazing suspense! In January 1974, Joanne Woodward agreed to appear in August Strindberg’s play The Dance of Death, produced by Joseph Papp at New York’s Lincoln Center. She would co-star...

Out in the Cold

Eileen Quinn

Eileen Quinn and Judy Counihan have a combined experience of nearly forty years as producers in the UK film and television industry, with dozens of production credits as living proof of their pitching success. They joined forces to produce The Pitch after years of witnessing and working within an industry which suffers from its lack of sales training - their aim to help both buyers and sellers have a happier and more fruitful experience of the pitch process. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Judy Counihan

Judy Counihan

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The Pitch

Faber and Faber Limited, 2006

Book chapter

...What happens if you can’t get into the pitch meeting room in the first place?There are two other kinds of pitch you can undertake: Written: the sales letter Opportunistic: the informal pitch The sales letter...

Down and Dirty

Daniel O'Brien

Daniel O’Brien is a journalist and film critic whose work has been published in many leading UK film and general interest magazines. He is the author of several previous books including Clint Eastwood: Film-maker, and Robert Altman: Hollywood Survivor. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Paul Newman

Faber and Faber, 2004

Book chapter

...The Hustler – ‘Fast’ Eddie Felson Even if you beat me, I’m still the best. With the Exodus shoot behind them, Newman and Joanne Woodward headed for France, where...

Dixie Duse

Daniel O'Brien

Daniel O’Brien is a journalist and film critic whose work has been published in many leading UK film and general interest magazines. He is the author of several previous books including Clint Eastwood: Film-maker, and Robert Altman: Hollywood Survivor. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Paul Newman

Faber and Faber, 2004

Book chapter

...Joanne Woodward – 1950s studio portrait I have been dedicated to acting since I was able to talk. Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward was born on 27 February...

Family Tragedy

Daniel O'Brien

Daniel O’Brien is a journalist and film critic whose work has been published in many leading UK film and general interest magazines. He is the author of several previous books including Clint Eastwood: Film-maker, and Robert Altman: Hollywood Survivor. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Paul Newman

Faber and Faber, 2004

Book chapter

...I don’t think I’ll ever escape the guilt. By the time Quintet appeared in cinemas, Newman had endured the worst crisis of his life. For the past few years, Scott Newman had been a major source of concern, unable to get his life...