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Movie Speak: How to Talk Like You Belong on a Film Set
by Tony Bill
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 ...more
ebook, 224 pages
Published January 8th 2009 by Workman Publishing
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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
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.