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Hollywood on Location: An Industry History
edited by Joshua Gleich and Lawrence Webb
contributions by Jennifer Lynn Peterson, Sheri Chinen Biesen, Noelle Griffis, Daniel Steinhart and Julian Stringer
Rutgers University Press, 2019
Paper: 978-0-8135-8625-0 | Cloth: 978-0-8135-8626-7 | eISBN: 978-0-8135-9796-6
Library of Congress Classification PN1995.67.A1G54 2019
Dewey Decimal Classification 384.80973


Location shooting has always been a vital counterpart to soundstage production, and at times, the primary form of Hollywood filmmaking. But until now, the industrial and artistic development of this production practice has been scattered across the margins of larger American film histories. Hollywood on Location is the first comprehensive history of location shooting in the American film industry, showing how this mode of filmmaking changed Hollywood business practices, production strategies, and visual style from the silent era to the present. The contributors explore how location filmmaking supplemented and  later, supplanted production on the studio lots. Drawing on archival research and in-depth case studies, the seven contributors show how location shooting expanded the geography of American film production, from city streets and rural landscapes to far-flung territories overseas, invoking a new set of creative, financial, technical, and logistical challenges. Whereas studio filmmaking sought to recreate nature, location shooting sought to master it, finding new production values and production economies that reshaped Hollywood’s modus operandi. 

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