Talks & Interviews — January 4, 2013 at 2:28 pm

New e-book on Roger Corman to be released

corman-unauthorizedA new e-book on legendary “B-movie” filmmaker Roger Corman will soon be released.

Corman’s eye for talent is famous: such celebrated filmmakers as Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, Ron Howard, James Cameron, and John Sayles all got their start in what has been called “the Roger Corman Graduate School of Film.”

As BZFilm learned, the book would be available for the next three months exclusively through Amazon.

“The book is a thoroughly revised version of Roger Corman: Blood-Sucking Vampires, Flesh-Eating Cockroaches, and Driller Killers,”, the book’s author, Beverly Gray told BZFilm.

Gray  not only worked with Corman for quite some time, but also knew him well.

She worked with Corman on numerous films, and today Gray is known as a public speaker, teacher, and script consultant.

“The book brings Roger up to the present day and restores some material that was previously suppressed by my editors,” Gray said, adding that the book would include new photos as well.

“Roger Corman: Blood-Sucking Vampires, Flesh-Eating Cockroaches, and Driller Killers” is far more than a survey of Corman’s career highlights.

Rather, it goes behind the scenes to scrutinize a Hollywood legend who was honored with a 2009 special Oscar “for his rich engendering of films and filmmakers.”

Beverly Gray has augmented her own experience as a longtime member of Corman’s creative team with in-depth research into the early Corman years.  Even more important, she has called on her vast web of contacts to gain first-hand accounts of the Corman world from the 1950s to the present.

She has interviewed over one hundred former Cormanites, most of whom have gone on to play significant roles in today’s film industry.  All have helped her unravel the central Corman enigma, that of a man torn between the urge to make art and the urge to make money.

In October, Gray spoke to BZFilm in an interview, where she told about her years of working with Roger Corman, explains how she holds screenwriting workshops, and recalls how she first met a guy named Sylvester Stallone.

You can read full interview here.

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