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

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  44 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 ...more
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Published January 8th 2009 by Workman Publishing
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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
Vital for wandering in Hollywood.
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
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.
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.
Too technical for the amateur, but some interesting terms shared here that may be of interest to budding directors and producers
Gladys Kusmulyadi
nice one to give you some information about the terms and its meaning in film production
Krista R
I think this was free on Amazon? Informative and amusing.
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