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Television is one of the most significant and notable inventions of the Twentieth century. Over the years, people have seen an overabundance of glitz and glamour on television. Homo sapiens used to turn on televisions in their living rooms to enjoy their TV dinners while watching the early movie, now we are pulverized by news and fluff.
But what is really going on behind the camera?
Stage manager Daniel Morgan gives you his insight into how the production crew works together to run and direct a show. From the shadows of the set, he shares newsroom shenanigans, attempts to explain the producer's indecisions, and offers up tasty vignettes of the talent's foibles. Finally, Morgan reveals the true nature of broadcast television and how it works (sometimes).
Last Stage Manager Standing exposes the trade secrets and the politics behind the television industry. Working with some of my colleagues that ran the show was like a typical day in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
|Publisher:||Page Publishing, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.96(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This felt very much like I sat down with the author and just sort of gossiped with him about his career. There were all kinds of interesting nuggets about the industry in here, and the author had no qualms about throwing names out there. None of it was particularly bad, so I don't think he'll get any backlash from it, but all the same it seemed a very gutsy move. The only thing I will say I had a problem with was how odd it was to read. There didn't seem to be any form that was followed. It was kind of chronological, but there didn't seem to be any real narrative. This is what I mean about it feeling like I just sat down and chit chatted with the author. It was just very jumpy. That doesn't pose as much of a problem as you might expect, though. Since the stories are all separate from each other, you don't really miss out on anything the way it is written. The only major feedback I would give to the author is to do another sweep--certain words were spelled wrong that shouldn't have been, that should have been easy to spot. The two that stick out the most in my mind are "eery" and "trakked".
Given To Me For An Honest Review Last Stage Manager Standing by Daniel B. Morgan is a must read. This is a page turner if ever there was one. Once you begin reading it, it will be very hard to put down. The introduction is written by Connie Chung. If you really want to know who is behind the scenes making things happen, this book is for you. Any student of television development or interested in this part of entertainment will find this book worthwhile and a fun read. There is a great balance of humor and insight into the crazy world of television production. Everything you want to know about behind the scenes of television history that only a stage manager can tell you'll find in this book. I gave this book 5 stars but wish it I could've given it many more. This would make a great gift to give. It would look good on your bookshelf or any library's bookshelf. I highly recommend this book to everyone, especially those who enjoy reading about entertainment. I look for more from Daniel B. Morgan.