John Tibbetts has just signed contracts for two new books, Hollywood Speaks! , with Palgrave Macmillan; and Peter Straub: Pictures in the Fire, with Rowman & Littlefield.
Hollywood Speaks! is a collection of John's interviews conducted from the late 1970s to the present with filmmakers working "behind the camera. The majority of them have never been published. "Hollywood was in a hurry to grow up," John says. "The interviews, which are contextualized and annotated, are grouped in a rough chronology, beginning with the introduction of camera and sound technologies in the years around 1927, the maturation of the so-called "classical" studio system of the 1930s-1950s, the emergence of a new generation of filmmakers in the 1960s-1980s, and new definitions and global reach of the Hollywood of the late 1980s-1990s.
"Here are first-hand, insider accounts from the artists and crafts persons behind the camera participating in key events and landmark films from this era, including The Jazz Singer, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Citizen Kane, Stormy Weather, The Memphis Belle, The Color Purple, Brazil, Mad Max, Nashville, Roger and Me, Hoop Dreams, Salaam Bombay, The Joy Luck Club, 2010, Koyaanisqatsi, etc. We are taken behind the scenes by those who were there, including directors Stephen Spielberg, Jim Henson, Bernardo Bertolucci, Terry Gilliam and Mira Nair; cinematographers Allen Daviau and Glen Macwilliams; screenwriter Ray Bradbury; producers John Houseman, and Gordon Parks; composers Philip Glass and Carl Davis; Disney animator Ollie Johnston; choreographers the Nicholas Brothers and Tommy Tune; stuntman Richard Farnsworth; film critic Roger Ebert; and film historians and preservationists Kevin Brownlow and Carl Davis.
Peter Straub: Pictures in the Fire is the first book-length study of the noted American author of dark fantasies (Ghost Story, Shadowland, The Talisman) in more than 25 years. John has just returned from New York City, where he interviewed Mr. Straub and researched Straub's archives in the Fales Collection at New York University.