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The Backstage Handbook: An Illustrated Almanac of Technical Information 3rd Edition

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Product Details

  • Imitation Leather: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Press; 3rd edition (January 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0911747397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0911747393
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Imitation Leather
The Backstage Handbook covers and illustrates much extremely useful information pertaining to the theatre and releated industry. This book should be required reading by ALL college theatre majors - both design/technical and performance. The illustrated references make for easier learning when used in conjunction with hands-on instruction. If you do not own this book and are involved in the entertainment industry, you should purchase a copy right away! -Joshua C. Allen Lighting Design, New York, NY
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I've used this book as a 'bible' for ten years. There is nothing like it. It is concise, exact and obviously created by actual working live production personnel. Paul Carter fills a much needed lack of reference material in the production field. The illustrations/drawings are more than worth the price of admission. It is most unfortunate that Paul is not here to create new editions. Please keep this in print!
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This book is soon to be updated for the third time, but for any student or professional in the backstage areas of the theatre this is the reference we all have needed. With humor sprinkled through-out it has all that misc info stage hands, technicians, designers, and stage managers need at
their fingertips. You can keep that eclectic jumble of books and references on their shelf. ANSWER QUSTIONS LIKE:
- How much does something weight?
- What was that formula again?
- What are those things called? You know!
- You said reduce it how many times?
- What does that joint look like?
- What is the ground on this?
- Isn't that too steep for a ramp?
- Now let me show the basic outline of this arch.
There is no better book
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Even after 12 years of being a Grip in the industry, I was blown away by this book. There is so much info in this book that I carry it to set everyday. I buy one for every New Grip that I work with.
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Quite possibly the best reference of it's kind, this book condenses the most commonly needed answers to the most commonly asked questions of technical theatre into a convenient volume. I keep it in my tool bag, and it has proved exceptionally useful. Carter has collected all those thing that you're bound to forget. Get a copy, keep it with your tools, and never have to go crazy trying to find the elusive bit of knowledge you seem to have suddenly forgotten!
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By CarGuy on January 10, 2007
Format: Imitation Leather
This is an excellent resource for anyone that considers themselves to be a techie! This book is a great tool.
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This is *the one* book you need to have in your kit. If you are looking for "how to" instructions, then this is NOT for you. It is not "how to" since it assumes you already know that...it's more about "here's how." It is a reference guide for how to make things happen when you are called to make them happen. That's about it. This book is for those times when you know you are capable, but need a little more information to either make it safe, or make your labor more efficient. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone in the stage or film industry because, and I know, that no matter how much experience you have, someone will always throw something at you that will make you scratch your head. I've used it extensively, and I'm a retired special effects foreman with LOTS of Hollywood experience.
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As a technical director this book was amazing and extremely useful.

It truly is the Bible of the stage!
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