What Is the Hollywood Studio System?

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The Hollywood studio system invests in films, develops them, shepherds them through production, and distributes them all over the world. Find out how the big studios, including Warner Brothers, Paramount and 20th Century Fox, control all the major studio films with information from a writer, director and editor in this free video on film.

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What is the Hollywood Studio System? They are the ones that are ultimately behind those big big money making films that you go and watch every Summer. They have been around since the beginning, since the first motion picture was distributed across the country. The Hollywood Golden Era was when many of the studios were firmly established. They took off in the 30's and 40's and have built up their industry and have maintained it throughout the changing of times and technology ever since. In this day and age they are the power house production companies, not even production companies any more. They are referred to solely as studios. They are Warner Brothers, Paramount, 20th Century Fox and in a way they kind of hold their corner of the market in that there aren't any new major studios that have emerged since the 80's I would say definitely. I mean there were a few small ones that spring up an develop names for themselves like say Dreamworks or The Weinstein Company which aren't even really that small but small compared to Warner Brothers and Paramount or 20th Century. They're the ones that have really been around forever and what they do essentially is they finance all the major studio films that get released. They invest in them, they develop them, they shepherd them through production and ultimately they distribute them all over the world. They are also ultimately the ones who reap the biggest financial rewards from the success of the films and if you are making a movie within the studio system there is a great deal of money that your production will more than likely receive to help insure the greatest possible product in the end but at the same time there will be a lot of cooks in the kitchen and you have a lot of people to answer to for your work. You don't have nearly the amount of creative freedom that you have in the independent film scene. You are responsible to a committee, to a board, they have got share holders and all these different people to please and there is money to be made so it is kind of a cut throat business but they are also responsible for producing some of the best movies that we have out there and some of the worst ones and so that in a nutshell is The Hollywood Studio System.


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