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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How to behave like a pro on a Hollywood soundstage. When it comes to Hollywood etiquette on the movie set, nobody gave better advice than Spencer Tracy, "Know your lines and don't bump into the furniture." This is the first codified collection of Hollywood's movie set rules, there is no other resource book like it. • endorsed by the industry and film unions

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How to behave like a pro on a Hollywood soundstage. When it comes to Hollywood etiquette on the movie set, nobody gave better advice than Spencer Tracy, "Know your lines and don't bump into the furniture." This is the first codified collection of Hollywood's movie set rules, there is no other resource book like it. • endorsed by the industry and film unions • the hidden rules they don't teach you in film schools • each chapter covers a different department (talent, grip, costume, electric, etc.) • practical advice from over 80 top industry professionals • witty, humorous and packed with anecdotes

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780977291151
Publisher:
SCB Distributors
Publication date:
10/23/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
3 MB

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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

Salamoff is a 22-year veteran of the film & TV industry as a writer, producer, executive, comic creator and originally as a make-up FX artist. He is also the co-author of The Complete DVD Book, (Michael Wiese, 2005) and wrote the Discord and Logan's Run graphic novels. He lives in Burbank.

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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