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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; Original edition (January 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761143599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761143598
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 4.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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I highly recommend his unique book as a gift.
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As with any book of this sort, there are bound to be countless readers who say, "You forgot ____!"
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It was informative, engaging, interesting and witty, and there was "never a dull moment".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Rosenfeld on December 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book was a pleasure to read from start to finish (or perhaps I should say from "Roll 'em!" to "Cut!"). It was informative, engaging, interesting and witty, and there was "never a dull moment". In short: anyone interested in any aspect of film making, or simply curious about the subject, should have a copy in their collection- and that's a wrap!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gerald P. Owens on July 12, 2009
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Tony Bill's elegant little volume does indeed offer exactly what it says on the cover--it's a handy dictionary of the slang used by movie professionals, and if that's all you want, you need look no deeper. Buy it and enjoy. But in fact, it's also a little lesson on the culture of the movie business, and I mean that in the whole National Geographic sense of the word. Slang exists for two reasons: it's a shorthand way for people to communicate, but it also serves to exclude those who aren't part of the club (or tribe or social class or generation, for that matter). Many of the terms documented here are not in fact any shorter than the official terminology they replace, but they are understood only by those fellow shamens who share the same "secret knowledge."
Many film slang terms also reveal the way the sexes relate on a movie set (most technicians have historically been men), and the way the different social castes within the movie world interact (the Above the Line vs Below the Line people), as well as the pecking order within those castes. And it reveals the delicate proprieties that must be observed, and the proper decorum. It's been famously observed that good manners are the lubricant that allow the moving parts of a society to function. If you plan to direct or produce, ignore these realities at your peril, lest you antagonize a crew that can find an endless number of ways to cost you a lot of time and money.
The book is also a history lesson. Where it is known, Bill offers the etymology of the words and phrases, and sometimes even the name of the person who coined the term (or after whom it was named).
The author also breaks the dictionary up with several essays on his theories on writing and filmmaking, illustrated with personal anecdotes from a long and storied career. A great raconteur, we can only hope Tony Bill finds time to expand this material into a full length biography.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William Badger on June 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
I am a screenwriter. Years of reading all the how to books and Tony Bill tells the reader to throw them all away. I love it. Great reading from beginning to end! The number one Bible sized book on the movies.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. L. Gillis on January 25, 2009
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This is a fantastically fun read, educational, engaging and entertaining, by one of Hollywood's most respected and beloved Renaissance men, Tony Bill - actor, director and Academy Award winning producer. A must read for anyone who loves film. THE perfect pocket-book sized gift!
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I bought this book for vocabulary for a book series I'm writing. I expected something along the lines of a dictionary. I was pleasantly surprised by Bill's essays and stories throughout the usual vocabulary/definition lists. He brings a lot more depth and insights to the subject.

If you need to know the words, this book will also help you understand the culture and nuances of the field. Recommended.
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By fairydustxo on February 28, 2014
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A Cute and funny read. A great present for someone going into film or just a movie lover. Good buy.
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By Phillip Hershkowitz on November 28, 2012
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I love this book. Tony's anecdotal and folksy wisdom and humor will make you sound like an expert on the set in no time.
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Very informative yet written in a very reader friendly style. It even has tips for submitting a movie script at the end.
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