Movie Speak: How to Talk Like You Belong on a Film Set

Movie Speak: How to Talk Like You Belong on a Film Set

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A Lewinsky? A futz? A cowboy? A Groucho? A Brodkin? A Double Brodkin? The Castle Rock Rule? The phrase 'Nobody moves, nobody gets hurt'? Without the vivid, fascinating, and often hilarious secret language of movie making, much of it rooted in movie history, films could never get made. Film veteran Tony Bill shares his insight and knowledge in more than 450 enlightening straight-from-the-set definitions, while also offering his invaluable advice on film making do's and don'ts in a handful of longer essays on everything from dealing with a difficult actor to movie making in the digital age. This book is essential reading for anyone who's passionate about film, would like to work in film, or already is working there, and wants or needs a Berlitz-like crash course in how to act and speak like a native. And for the thousands of film students in this country alone, Tony Bill provides a window into the exciting, privileged world of movie making and the tools to 'fake it till you make it'.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 111 x 160 x 14mm | 172g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Original
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0761143599
  • 9780761143598
  • 430,517

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"It's about time our code was broken. What a wonderful insight into our business! Tony: Don't make this the martini!" * --Dennis Hopper

"Finally, a book that celebrates the process--the dynamic web of people, technique, and artistry--underneath every foot of celluloid." --Jodie Foster

"Movie Speak is entertaining and edifying. I'll never again as the sound-dude to move that fuzzy-thing-on-the-end-of-a-stick out of my shot." --John Sayles

"Invaluable for those who have wondered what they're really saying, and for those pitching projects and screenplays who wonder what they're really being told." --Roger Ebert

* martini: The term for the last show of the day, the origin of which might seem self-evident--but it's not. The martini actually refers to the saying "The next shot is in a glass." Get it?

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About Tony Bill

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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