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Movie Speak How to Talk Like You Belong on a Film Set

ISBN-10: 0761143599
ISBN-13: 9780761143598
Edition: 2009
Authors: Tony Bill
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Book details

List price: $9.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/8/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 4.56" wide x 6.38" long x 0.56" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

A Lewinsky? A futz? A cowboy? A Groucho? A Brodkin? A Double Brodkin? The Castle Rock Rule? The phrase "Nobody moves, nobody gets hurt"? Without the vivid, fascinating, and often hilarious secret language of moviemaking, much of it rooted in movie history, films could never get made. An oral tradition gathered and passed down for more than a hundred years, the language of moviemaking, like other secret lexicons, is the only accepted way of communicating on a set--and is all but unknown to the outside world. Technical, odd, colorful, mysterious, the working language of movies sheds light not only on the hugely complex process of making a film, but on the invisible hierarchies of the set, the unspoken etiquette between cast and crew, and the evolution of a process that's endlessly fascinating. MOVIE SPEAK is a book about language, but through language also a book about what it's really like to be a director or a producer or an actor or crew member. Film veteran Tony Bill shares his insight and knowledge in more than 450 enlightening straight-from-the-set definitions, while also offering his invaluable advice on filmmaking do's and don'ts in a handful of longer essays on everything from dealing with a difficult actor to moviemaking in the digital age. This book is essential reading for anyone who's passionate about film, would like to work in film, or already is working there, and wants or needs a Berlitz-like crash course in how to act and speak like a native. And for the thousands of film students in this country alone, Tony Bill's Movie Speak provides a window into the exciting, privileged world of moviemaking and the tools to "fake it till you make it."

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.

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