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Wayne Byrne

Cinema Nonfiction Pop Culture

4.4/5 (13 ratings)
Wayne Byrne is an author, film historian, and educator. He is published by Columbia University Press, Wallflower Press, and McFarland. He has written on Cinema, Music, Food, and Culture for major publications including Hot Press Magazine, The Irish Times, Film Ireland, The Dark Side, Click, Books Ireland, and has appeared on national radio discussing his work. He has lectured on Film History in various schools and colleges.

Testimonials...

"Working with Wayne Byrne was an incredible experience. Seldom have I met a person so dedicated to the arts of film and music. I discovered how good Wayne is when I read his Burt Reynolds book. Burt was a good friend and colleague of mine for forty years and yet Wayne knew more about Burt and his career than I did. Wayne is dedicated to the research on his subjects and he makes it a pleasurable experience for his subjects and co-writers. His books are so easy to read because he sees his work as accessible to everybody. I’m blessed to have met him and even more blessed that he was the co-author of my book." - Nick McLean

"I have worked in the film and television business for over fifty years. I have made movies with the greatest directors, writers, and stars, but in that time I have never met anyone with as much of a keen understanding of Cinema as Wayne Byrne. He might be writing about my fellow artists and their work, but Wayne is a master storyteller in his own right. He sees beyond the image and into the lives on screen, into the themes beneath the surface, and into the heart of the artists. He has taught me things about people I’ve known my whole life.

After only several conversations I felt like I knew Wayne forever, because he makes you feel like that, and he makes you feel that the work you have accomplished is important and worth writing about. His books on Tom DiCillo, Burt Reynolds, and Nick McLean are masterpieces of the form. I recommend them and him to everybody." – Michael D. O’Shea, Cinematographer/Camera Operator

"I have watched Nick McLean’s fine camerawork for decades. When I learned he had written a book about his career with co-author Wayne Byrne I immediately ordered a copy. For anyone who loves film or is interested in the filmmaking process, this is a must-read account filled with detailed descriptions and personal observations by both men that open a unique window for the reader into the behind-the-scenes world of feature films.

I am especially appreciative of the way the book is set out. Nick’s accounts are personally and naturally related, brimming with the kind of detail that immerses the reader in the unique challenges of his work, even as they reveal the quality and depth of the personal relationships Nick built over the course of his exceptional career. Wayne’s flow of commentary is the glue that bonds the accounts together giving them context and setting. His detailed overview illustrates and illuminates the professional side of McLean’s career and provides his work with a well-earned setting in the history of motion pictures.

As a long-time participant in the making of feature films, I have found there are very few books that capture the authenticity of movie making in a way that involves the reader in the process. Happily Nick and Wayne have provided just such a book with this personal and descriptive account of Nick’s amazingly productive career - their contribution will delight film lovers everywhere." - David McGiffert, Assistant Director

Wayne Byrne

Cinema Nonfiction Pop Culture

4.4/5 (13 ratings)
Wayne Byrne is an author, film historian, and educator. He is published by Columbia University Press, Wallflower Press, and McFarland. He has written on Cinema, Music, Food, and Culture for major publications including Hot Press Magazine, The Irish Times, Film Ireland, The Dark Side, Click, Books Ireland, and has appeared on national radio discussing his work. He has lectured on Film History in various schools and colleges.

Testimonials...

"Working with Wayne Byrne was an incredible experience. Seldom have I met a person so dedicated to the arts of film and music. I discovered how good Wayne is when I read his Burt Reynolds book. Burt was a good friend and colleague of mine for forty years and yet Wayne knew more about Burt and his career than I did. Wayne is dedicated to the research on his subjects and he makes it a pleasurable experience for his subjects and co-writers. His books are so easy to read because he sees his work as accessible to everybody. I’m blessed to have met him and even more blessed that he was the co-author of my book." - Nick McLean

"I have worked in the film and television business for over fifty years. I have made movies with the greatest directors, writers, and stars, but in that time I have never met anyone with as much of a keen understanding of Cinema as Wayne Byrne. He might be writing about my fellow artists and their work, but Wayne is a master storyteller in his own right. He sees beyond the image and into the lives on screen, into the themes beneath the surface, and into the heart of the artists. He has taught me things about people I’ve known my whole life.

After only several conversations I felt like I knew Wayne forever, because he makes you feel like that, and he makes you feel that the work you have accomplished is important and worth writing about. His books on Tom DiCillo, Burt Reynolds, and Nick McLean are masterpieces of the form. I recommend them and him to everybody." – Michael D. O’Shea, Cinematographer/Camera Operator

"I have watched Nick McLean’s fine camerawork for decades. When I learned he had written a book about his career with co-author Wayne Byrne I immediately ordered a copy. For anyone who loves film or is interested in the filmmaking process, this is a must-read account filled with detailed descriptions and personal observations by both men that open a unique window for the reader into the behind-the-scenes world of feature films.

I am especially appreciative of the way the book is set out. Nick’s accounts are personally and naturally related, brimming with the kind of detail that immerses the reader in the unique challenges of his work, even as they reveal the quality and depth of the personal relationships Nick built over the course of his exceptional career. Wayne’s flow of commentary is the glue that bonds the accounts together giving them context and setting. His detailed overview illustrates and illuminates the professional side of McLean’s career and provides his work with a well-earned setting in the history of motion pictures.

As a long-time participant in the making of feature films, I have found there are very few books that capture the authenticity of movie making in a way that involves the reader in the process. Happily Nick and Wayne have provided just such a book with this personal and descriptive account of Nick’s amazingly productive career - their contribution will delight film lovers everywhere." - David McGiffert, Assistant Director

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