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Movie Speak: How to Talk Like You Belong on a Film Set

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  56 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
When is "groucho" not a comedian? A "seagull" not a bird? A "banana" not a fruit, and a "taco cart" not a food stand? What's the "Castle rock rule" and when should you call for a "buff & puff"? And why expect trouble when the A.D. (assistant director) knowingly mumbles "Gone With the Wind in the morning, Dukes of Hazzard after lunch"? An oral tradition gathered and pas ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 8th 2009 by Workman Publishing Company
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Julia
It’s a dictionary of the odd words found on film sets, for instance, a “gobo is an object used to hide or block a light,” (77) but it’s also used in theater. Groucho helps a camera operator, when the actor goes from sitting to crouching, in Groucho- style, so the close up isn’t on the actor’s crotch. (80) There are informative, breezy essays based on the writer/ director/ producer/ actor's life. I'm glad I read this.

I bought this for $3.99 from the Book House on 10/13/15.
Philippe Bouyer-Gray
Mar 01, 2015 Philippe Bouyer-Gray rated it it was amazing
Vital for wandering in Hollywood.
Siri
Aug 02, 2014 Siri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every industry has its own lingo and the film industry has quite the colorful and historic one. This book is a great reference for someone breaking into the movies and, because one probably can't memorize the full plate of strange terms in a single reading, good to keep around so that when you are on a set, you can do a quick look up. Nicely sized for keeping with you in such cases. Besides a glossary of terms, the book is interspersed with articles. You will feel like an insider by the end of t ...more
Adam Smith
Jan 07, 2014 Adam Smith rated it really liked it
Loved it. Informal, amusing, and occasionally enlightening. Some terms will be familiar to those even with just a passing knowledge of filmmaking, others seem a bit more specialized. Written with affection and experience. As someone who is learning his way around a film set I found it helpful in understanding a bit more of the mindset of the people on the other side of the action.
Stacy
Oct 07, 2009 Stacy rated it liked it
Didn't learn much new terminology ... I was simply curious that someone wrote a book on the topic. Would be more entertaining for someone not familiar with set lingo.
Thk
Jul 28, 2011 Thk rated it liked it
Too technical for the amateur, but some interesting terms shared here that may be of interest to budding directors and producers
Gladys Kusmulyadi
Nov 24, 2015 Gladys Kusmulyadi rated it really liked it
nice one to give you some information about the terms and its meaning in film production
Krista R
Dec 04, 2012 Krista R rated it liked it
I think this was free on Amazon? Informative and amusing.
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