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Movie Speak

How to Talk Like You Belong on a Film Set

By Tony Bill

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Published By
Workman Publishing Company
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Number Of Pages
224
Publication Date
January 08, 2009
ISBN
9780761143598

Movie Speak

How to Talk Like You Belong on a Film Set

By Tony Bill

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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"?

The secret language of movie-making is technical, odd, colorful, mysterious. Movie Speak celebrates this centuries-old oral tradition, and opens a window into the complex process of making a film and what it's really like to be on set. Through language, the book sheds light not only on the hugely complex process of making a film, but on the invisible hierarchies of a set, the unspoken etiquette between cast and crew, and the evolution of a process that's endlessly fascinating.

An Oscar-winning producer (The Sting), actor (who worked with Spielberg, Coppola, and Sydney Pollock), and director (Five Corners, Flyboys, My Bodyguard, and more), Tony Bill has been on sets for more than 30 years and brings a writer's love of language to this collection of hundreds of film terms. A futz. A cowboy. A Brodkin and a double Brodkin (a.k.a. screamer). Streaks ’n tips, Green Acres, rhubarb, a peanut, a Gary Coleman, snot tape, twin buttes, manmaker (and why you can yell for one if needed for a grip, but must whisper if it's for Tom Cruise)—these are the tricks of the trade.

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Review quotes

“It's about time our code was broken. What a wonderful insight into our business! Tony: Don't make this the martini!” * —Dennis Hopper

“Finally, a book that celebrates the process—the dynamic web of people, technique, and artistry—underneath every foot of celluloid.” —Jodie Foster

Movie Speak is entertaining and edifying. I'll never again as the sound-dude to move that fuzzy-thing-on-the-end-of-a-stick out of my shot.” —John Sayles

“Invaluable for those who have wondered what they're really saying, and for those pitching projects and screenplays who wonder what they're really being told.” —Roger Ebert

* martini: The term for the last show of the day, the origin of which might seem self-evident—but it's not. The martini actually refers to the saying "The next shot is in a glass." Get it?

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Product details

Published By
Workman Publishing Company
Categories
Number Of Pages
224
Publication Date
January 08, 2009
ISBN
9780761143598

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