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Gaffers, Grips and Best Boys: From Producer-Director to Gaffer and Computer Special Effects Creator, a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Who Does What in the Making of a Motion Picture

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Gaffers, Grips, and Best Boys goes way beyond the usual Hollywood glamour and hype to explain every aspect of who does what in the making of a motion picture--from conception and casting to production, postproduction, advertising, and marketing here and abroad. A veteran film-industry insider, Taub takes readers through the labyrinthine world of today's studio system, shar ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 15th 1995 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 1987)
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Jacqueline O.
I have the 1987 edition of this book. Even in reading the first chapter I had two immediate thoughts, "nice idea" and "too bad it's so out of date". This book really suffers from being terribly out of date. It describes the film industry of the 1970s and 1980s, not the film industry of today. I liked that for each job title the author, Eric Taub, interviews experts in not just the film industry in general but for that particular position specifically. After all, when's the last time you read an ...more
Jodotha
I didn't read this book cover to cover - I didn't need to - but I did read a good 75% of it. All in all, it's a good reference book. I really appreciate how the jobs are presented. The author gives basic explanations, examples, and also interviews someone from that profession (i.e. John Lithgow for Actor). Results vary, but for the most part you end up with a pretty good idea on the function of that person in the film making process.
Side note: The job titles in Hollywood are so very, very fluid
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