“Movie Speak won’t guarantee you a job, but having a knowledge of the industry terms will fool everyone into thinking you own the place.” — Steven Spielberg “Finally a book that celebrates the process—the dynamic web of people, technique, and artistry—underneath every foot of celluloid.” —Jodie Foster Uncover the secret language of movie-making in a handbook for film buffs and language-lovers, as well as anyone who aspires to break into the business, with hundreds of essential terms, explained. Opening a window into the fascinatingly technical, odd, colorful, and mysterious working language of movies, Oscar-winning producer, actor, and director Tony Bill sheds light on the hugely complex process of making a film, as well as on the hierarchies between the cast and crew and the on-set etiquette of any movie production. From why the Assistant Director calls “wrap” to the real reason Hollywood stars began wearing sunglasses, Movie Speak offers tricks of the trade learned over decades in Hollywood—to help you crack the code of the movie business.
|Publisher:||Workman Publishing Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||4.38(w) x 6.28(h) x 0.43(d)|
About the Author
Tony Bill started out in Hollywood as an actor, became an Oscar-winning producer (The Sting), and then a director for film (My Bodyguard, Five Corners, Untamed Heart, Flyboys, and more) and television (Truman Capote's "One Christmas," Harlan County War, Pictures of Hollis Woods). He teaches and lectures widely on film and lives with his family in the oldest house in Venice, California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I should have taken the advice of the store and sat down and read a couple of pages. I thought it would be filled with anecdotes about celebrities. It just wasn't what I thought it would be. My fault. I'm sure its a wonderful book but, not my cup of tea.
We got this for a high school aged nephew who already makes short videos and special effects for his own and others' performances, and I ended up reading it cover to cover before we gave it to him. It is full of really interesting, very unusual and hilarious descriptions of the terms used on a movie set. Tony Bill is a great writer and has managed to make what is essentially a "dictionary" into a great read.