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Movie Sets 101: The Definitive Survivor's Guide Paperback – October 31, 2005

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"An indispensable introductory guide to the modern-day movie set." --Sheigh Crabtree, The Hollywood Reporter

"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"

"Salamaff blazes a well-marked trail on his anecdotal journey through the Hollywood jungle..." --Stephen Pizzello, American Cinematographer Magazine

About 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 professional Special F/X Make-Up Artist, Producer, Writer, and Director. In sixteen years, he has worked on over forty films, ten television series, and numerous commercials. He is the current V.P. of Production for David Lancaster Productions (A Love Song for Bobby Long, Riding the Bullet, Wes Craven’s The Breed, Hollow Man 2). He is also a Co-Author (with Chris Gore) of The complete DVD Book, released in December 2005 by Michael Wiese Prod.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Tavin Press (October 31, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977291103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977291106
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,455,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's hard to pin down Salamoff to one particular profession. An over twenty-three veteran of the industry, he has found success as a Writer, Producer, Film Executive, Comic Book Creator, Author, and originally as a Special F/X Make-Up Artist.

Born in Natick, MA, he was raised on a healthy diet of sci-fi and horror from the age of five. After high school, he moved to California to attend film school at USC. Salamoff parlayed his obsession for genre filmmaking into a successful run as a professional Special F/X Make-Up Artist. In his years doing FX, he worked on over forty films, ten television series, and numerous commercials.

His Film & TV writing credits include The Dead Hate The Living (co-written with Dave Parker), The St. Francisville Experiment and Alien Siege for the SyFy channel. He was recently named one of the TOP 100 Up & Coming Screenwriters of 2012 by THE TRACKING BOARD.

He is also author of two non-fiction books: ON THE SET: The Hidden Rules of Movie Making Etiquette (now in its 3rd Edition) and The Complete DVD Book: Design, Production and Marketing (co-written with Chris Gore).

As a Comic Creator, Salamoff is the writer of a number of Comic Book Series including Vincent Price Presents, Black Scorpion and the critically acclaimed Logan's Run: Last Day and Logan's Run: Aftermath written with William F. Nolan. He is also the Creator of the original Graphic Novel: Discord and its prequel series Tales of Discord (Markosia Press).

In 2005 Salamoff became Vice President of Production for DAVID LANCASTER PRODUCTIONS working on Wes Craven's The Breed and Hollow Man 2. After a successful merge with BOLD FILMS, he became their Vice President of Production and worked on such films as Legion, Bobby and Starship Troopers: Marauder. After leaving Bold, he accepted the position of President of Production for RAT BASTARD PRODUCTIONS working on the upcoming festival darling Down For Life.

Having been involved with THE ACADEMY OF SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY & HORROR FILMS for over twelve years; he produced the 22nd, 23rd, 33rd, 34th and 35th Saturn Awards. Salamoff has also produced Video Game TV/Web Development Diaries and Trailers working on such high-profile projects as The Adventures of Tintin, Bulletstorm, Mafia 2, Mass Effect 2, Gears of War 2 and Dead Space.

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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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This is an excellent, insightful book covering the all the dos and don'ts anyone who works on a set should know and know well. It's written in an entertaining fashion and holds your interest to the end. I recommend it to everyone I meet who wants to work in production.
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I wanted the information in this book as part of research for a novel I'm writing, and it served the purpose admirably. It told me the nuts and bolts of movie making and, more important, gave me insight into the professional attitudes of the craftspeople involved. The book's language was simple and colloquial and sometimes a little amusing in a hokey kind of way. Interesting anecdotes abounded. I enjoyed reading it, not the least because like most of us, I love the movies and find the art form endlessly fascinating.

What did set me back, however, were the numerous typos and other errors in the Kindle edition. The one I particularly remember because I puzzled over it a bit was something about a "light weight lamp." What is a weight lamp? Finally it came to me what was intended was a "lightweight lamp." Spell check won't catch that kind of thing nor the numerous homophone spelling errors.
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This book had a great deal of interesting information. The quotes and long sections from industry professionals were very helpful. These people spoke from experience and talked about things that can never be learned in a classroom about the film set. The grammar, punctuation, and word choices used in this book were at time pretty sloppy and not very professional from a writing frame of reference. Fortunately, the subject matter and experiences of working film professionals, covering all the different positions on a film crew, were revealing. Following these many bits of advice would make working on a film crew more successful with fewer "beginner's" mistakes.
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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!!!!!!
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An outstanding and unique guide to what the numerous players in producing a movie do and should not do with illustrations and antidotes from well known professionals in the field. Fascinating to the film lover, the curious and necessary for those plying the trade.
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