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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Avon Books (P) (May 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380715007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380715008
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,631,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Watching TV or films, have you sometimes wondered about the meaning of such end-credit terms as gaffer, wrangler, key grip, timers and matte painter? Who these people are and what tasks they perform are explained here by a Paramount production person and her screenwriter husband in 60 interviews with 13 categories of deal makers, laborers, craftspeople, technicians, artists, executives and other "unsung workers behind the camera," with over a dozen Academy Award winners and nominees among them. Each interviewee answers two fundamental questions: What does your job entail? What is the best way to get started in your particular line of work? For anyone who wants to know how movies are made or is curious about behind-the-scenes Hollywood, this is the book to consult.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Library Journal

This is an interesting concept: taking the average movies' credit roll, the authors examine 65 different "jobs"--before, during, and after production--mainly via interviews with notable practitioners. Interviewees from wranglers to matte artists, grips to unit publicists, casting directors to sound editors (alas, no foley walkers), explain what, how, and sometimes why (other than the very good money) they do what they do to get what we see and hear up on the screen. This guide to the "factory" is informative but not overly technical, telling precisely how movies are made. It offers some far-from-bleak tips on how to break into the relevant, still Catch-22ish, Hollywood unions.
- David Bartholomew, NYPL
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Rosenberg on February 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
Seventeen years ago at a magazine I worked for, I happened to come across "Working In Hollywood", a discard on the give away table of the books editor. Little did I realize the profound impact this book would have on my life. Within its pages came the inspiration to change course and follow my own Hollywood dream. "Working In Hollywood" surveys most of the major jobs on a film production, and more than just letting you in on what each person does, it shows you that "movie people" are regular people who come from all walks of life. Each and every one has a story of how they got into the business, and you'll find them here. That aspect of "Working In Hollywood" will give anyone considering such a move both inspiration and a bit of the bravery needed to give it a try themselves. For any of you out there pondering such a step, I strongly urge you to buy this book. If that's not what you're after it's still worth reading as an exceptional overview of film craftspersons and technicians. I hope one day to see a revised edition, for now that digital technology has become a such preeminent part of film production, there are many new stories to tell about "Working In Hollywood".
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dominique on December 20, 2011
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I ordered a new hard cover book and I received a used paperback book. I am not happy at all.
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