"After all, tomorrow is another day." - Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind
In Studio Relations, female director Vivien Howard comes to blows with handsome studio executive Weston Holmes during the making of her dream project, Storm of the South. I have a background in film history, so I knew a great deal about Hollywood in the 1930s. However, while writing Studio Relations, there were many times when I needed specific details, such as how studios handled a sneak preview, and that’s when my knowledge of the making of Gone with the Wind really helped me craft scenes that were authentic to the time period.
Besides drawing on the production history of Gone with the Wind for my inspiration, I also did a great deal of research into 1930’s Hollywood and Los Angeles. I read books about Hollywood history and studied old pictures of such Hollywood iconic sites as the Cocoanut Grove nightclub and old Beverly Hills. I used to work at the old MGM studio lot in Culver City where many of the original soundstages, including the one where they filmed Gone with the Wind, are still in use today. It was fun incorporating my personal experience working on a classic Hollywood studio lot into the book. I had a blast both researching and writing Studio Relations.
So tell me, what movie gripped you and still hasn’t let go? Has your favorite movie ever inspired you to do something creative?