On the Set: The Hidden Rules of Movie Making Etiquette

On the Set: The Hidden Rules of Movie Making Etiquette

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by Paul J. Salamoff
     
 

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Whether you are new to the industry, a seasoned pro or just interested in what the credits mean at the end of your favorite movie, this book is for you. Not only will you learn about the different jobs an a movie set, but for the first time, you will discover the hidden rules of the movie set etiquette not taught in any film school.

MOVIE SETS 101 includes

Overview

Whether you are new to the industry, a seasoned pro or just interested in what the credits mean at the end of your favorite movie, this book is for you. Not only will you learn about the different jobs an a movie set, but for the first time, you will discover the hidden rules of the movie set etiquette not taught in any film school.

MOVIE SETS 101 includes advise from over 70 working professionals including:

Wes Craven, Director (Scream Trilogy, A Nightmare on Elm. St.) Ron Underwood, Director (City Slickers, Tremors) Tom DeSanto, producer (X-Men 1 & 2) James Cunn, Screenwriter (Dawn of the Dead, Scooby-Do 1 & 2) Daniel Roebuck, Actor ("Lost," The Fugitive) Owen Roizman, ASC, Cinematographer (The Exorcist, Network) Andrea Weaver, Costumer (Raging Ball, The Sting) Kenny Meyers, Make-Up Artist (Home Alone, Back to the Future) John Medlen, Stunt Coordinator (Spider-Man, "Alias")

Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
Movie Sets 101: The Definitive Survivor's Guide by professional special effects and makeup filmmaker Paul J. Salamoff is the complete and deftly written 240-page guide covering every important detail of the movie making business. Readers will be educated with seasoned and experienced advise drawn from over 70 working professionals, including Wes Craven, Ron Underwood, Tom DeSanto, James Gunn, Daniel Roebuck, Owen Roizman, Andrea Weaver, Kenny Myers, John Medlen and many others. Movie Sets 101 is highly recommended to all readers, whether they be aspiring movie makers, experienced professionals in the film business, or the ordinary movie enthusiast viewing the finished product. Movie Sets 101 it can really teach its readers every perspective of the movie making business and should be a part of any personal, professional, and academic library Film Studies reference collection.
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"An indispensable introductory guide to the modern movie set." -- The Hollywood Reporter

"... teaches every perspective of the movie-making business and should be a part of any personal, professional, and academic library Film Studies reference collection." -- Midwest Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780977291113
Publisher:
Tavin Press
Publication date:
09/24/2008
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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There is nothing in the world to prepare you for what it is actually like on the set of a motion picture. The experience is truly like something out of a movie itself. If you think I'm joking, just consider the fact that an average film costs in excess of $40 million dollars with many upwards of $120 million. Studios spend a great deal of time and effort into making sure that they see a return on their investment, sometimes even matching the budget of the movie with an equally expensive ad campaign. Not only are jobs at stake but also the studios themselves. This fear of public and financial failure trickles down all the way to the set where the films are being shot. Studios watch over Executives, Executives watch over Producers, Producers watch over Directors, and on and on down the chain. Now this isn't to say that working on a set can't be a fun and rewarding experience, it's just important to be prepared for the type of environment it is. Even down to the most miniscule student film, you have to remember that somebody's dime and/or reputation is on the line. A good movie set becomes like an extended family where people work together for the well being of the group and a common good (i.e. completing the film on time and on budget). There will be squabbles and disagreements but the end result is people pulling together. On the other hand, a bad movie set can become a war of attrition where people are constantly fighting and working against each other culminating in a general feeling of oppression and dissatisfaction. Let's face facts, movie sets are primarily made up of artists and most artists are known for their egos and stubbornness. Learning how to deal with people and be easy to deal with yourself is just as important as doing your job competently.

What People are saying about this

Chris Gore
A must read for filmmakers of all levels. The book spells out the politics of production brilliantly and with humor.
—(Chris Gore, author of The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide)
Stephen Pizzello
Stephen Pizzello, American Cinematographer Magazine
Salamaff blazes a well-marked trail on his anecdotal journey through the Hollywood jungle...
Sheigh Crabtree
Sheigh Crabtree, The Hollywood Reporter
An indispensable introductory guide to the modern-day movie set.

Meet the Author

Raised on a healthy diet of science fiction and horror from the age of five, Paul J. Salamoff parlayed his obsession for genre filmmaking into a successful run as a Special F/X Make-Up Artist, Producer, Writer, Director, Author and recently as a Film Executive. In his eighteen years in the business, he has worked on over fifty films, ten television series, and numerous commercials. He currently lives in Burbank, CA with his wife Melissa (an Interior Designer), children Samantha (a Preschooler) and Ethan (an infant) and his cat Banshee (a brown-mackerel tabby).

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On the Set: The Hidden Rules of Movie Making Etiquette 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an absolutely brilliant book, filled cover to cover with practical and insightful knowledge about working on a film set. This is stuff that you SHOULD -- but don't -- learn in film school. The interviews are awesome, and the writer seems like a very cool, down to earth guy with one hell of a resumé. Don't hesitate -- BUY THIS BOOK!!!!!!
Cant-Get-Enough More than 1 year ago
What an awesome, insightful, helpful tool to get a career started in the entertainment industry. I can't thank all those enough, who cooperated to make this info known to those of us aspiring for this field. They don't teach these things in acting school or anywhere really that I've seen. Thank you!!!! If you are serious about working on a movie set...don't hesitate to do your research...and this book is definitely ressearch