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Strike the Baby and Kill the Blonde: An Insider's Guide to Film Slang Paperback – August 23, 2005
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“Now you can sound like you know what you’re talking about—even when you don’t. In other words, you’re ready to work in the movies.” —David Duchovny, actor and director (X-Files, House of D)
“You too can speak ‘film-ese.’ Thanks to Dave Knox, what was once ‘insider information’ is now available to all who want to speak the lingo of the film industry. It fits nicely on the shelf between my Oxford Dictionary and Roget’s Thesaurus.” —Jamie Lee Curtis, author and actress (Freaky Friday, Halloween, True Lies, A Fish Called Wanda)
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The industry has a language all of its own. Due to saving time, especially during long shoots, the lingo actually saves time (and money) to get things done properly, without a long explanation. Thus this book is awesome to learn the lingo shortcuts when you're on the set.
Any actor, producer, writer, film student, new Inde production company should have this in their library, both for reference, and to know what the crew are actually talking about while on the set. It saves time, and if you're in the industry, you really need to know what the terms mean.
A good analogy would be a medical student in training to be a surgeon would need to know the lingo in an operating room. It's that important.
I loved reading this awesome and incredibly accurate book. It made me feel super nostalgic wanting to be on the set again. Being on the set is either in your blood or not. If you love the industry, you'll definitely LOVE this book!
(FYI) "Kill the Blonde" means to turn off the 2,000 watt spotlight. That's why I titled this review: "Light the Blonde on This Really Cool Book!" It's awesome!
Barbara Rose, Ph.D. author of Stop Being the String Along, Know Yourself, and If God Hears Me, I Want an Answer!
The book is a clever, wonderful listing of terms in alphabetical order and each term is defined by the author in a style that is slightly flippant, which I find sometimes annoying, but also seems to bring some real life experience to the definitions that an academic would never impart. The book lacks pictures of the items being defined but that inclusion would increase the book size and cost. This book sells for a very reasonable cost. Who is this book for? Any film student or PA that wishes to break into the film industry should memorize almost all these terms. Above and below the line people, now in the industry, might find quite a few terms that they did not yet hear or understand. For some film professionals, some of the terms may be part of their passive vocabulary and now one can now discover how close or distant their prior understanding was to the book's more "exact" meaning. This book should be a second text for some film classes. Instructors in those classes should require definitions be understood as part of the course in filmmaking. For the non-professional film buff that wants to dabble in understanding this field, this book should be within easy reach of the porcelain throne for brief reads. I think the level that this book is written is at high school level. I strongly recommend that high school or even middle school students consider this book to impress their peer group. For everyone else, the book is a treat.
If you need to know what people say when they're working on movies or TV shows, this is an excellent book. Easy to use. Fun to read. Nicely explained for beginners, with some good details for those who've been around productions in the past.
"Strike the Baby and Kill the Blonde" is a fun and useful dictionary for both filmmakers and movie fans.
Its great for clarifying the often confusing, and perhaps intentionally alienating, jargon used by "old guard" grip/gaff/spark crews.
While it certainly doesn't have every term, and I was surprised by missing some more common slang, it has more then enough to merit including it in the collections of handy reference material for film students and professionals.
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