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Movie Speak: How to Talk Like You Belong on a Movie Set (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Tony Bill

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When is "groucho" not a comedian? A "seagull" not a bird? A "banana" not a fruit, and a "taco cart" not a food stand? What's the "Castle rock rule" and when should you call for a "buff & puff"? And why expect trouble when the A.D. (assistant director) knowingly mumbles "Gone With the Wind in the morning, Dukes of Hazzard after lunch"? An oral tradition gathered and passed down for more than a hundred years, the language of moviemaking, like other secret lexicons, is the only accepted way of communicating on a set—and is all but unknown to the outside world. Technical, odd, colorful, mysterious, the working language of movies sheds light not only on the hugely complex process of making a film, but on the invisible hierarchies of a set, the unspoken etiquette between cast and crew, and the evolution of a process that's endlessly fascinating.

Movie Speak is a book about language, but through language also a book about what it’s really like to be a director or a producer or an actor or a crew member. An Oscarwinning producer (The Sting), actor (who worked with Spielberg, Coppola, and Sydney Pollock), and director (Five Corners, Flyboys, My Bodyguard, and more), Tony Bill has been on sets for more than 30 years and brings a writer's love of language to this collection of hundreds of film terms. A futz. A cowboy. A Brodkin and a double Brodkin (a.k.a. screamer). Streaks ’n tips, a Lewinsky, Green Acres, rhubarb, a peanut, a Gary Coleman, snot tape, twin buttes, manmaker (and why you can yell for one if needed for a grip, but must whisper if it's for Tom Cruise)—these are the tricks of the trade.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1867 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 224 pages
  • Editeur : Workman Publishing Company; Édition : Original (8 janvier 2009)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004WL5ZLC
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Much more than a dictionary 13 juillet 2009
Par Gerald P. Owens - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Highly recommened to all! 22 décembre 2008
Par A. Rosenfeld - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 LITTLE GEM 13 janvier 2009
Par J.D. Boney - Publié sur Amazon.com

Tony Bill has written an entertaining and instructive guide to the arcane rituals of the movie set packed with definitions of such quirky terms as hair in the gate, gullysucker, five-dollar Friday, squash and stretch, video village, pork chop, gripology, Klieg eyes, etc., etc., etc.

Bill is an engaging writer. The brief essays scattered throughout the book are rich with anecdote and revelation, including reminiscences of his boyhood in San Diego, a chance encounter with a great movie star, his unlikely friendships with Frank Sinatra and Steve McQueen, and, as a director, an epic on-set clash of wills with an insubordinate ingénue that probably saved her career. And the piece entitled, "The Death of Acting" is a startling forecast of the future of film acting.

But the core of the book is the glossary of movie-set slang. Though I consider myself something of a buff, most of the terms were new to me. Bill illuminates them all with gentle wit and almost sociological precision, always extracting the humanity and humor.

The book's subtitle, "How to Talk Like You Belong on a Film Set," suggests it would benefit anyone trying to break into the business, and there's indeed plenty of advice to aspiring film makers. The section on the ingenious ways writers have gotten producers and stars to read their scripts is hilarious (Bill confesses he's a "sucker for an offbeat pitch") and his list of 12 things not to do when sending a script will be worth the price of admission to aspiring screen writers.

There are also sections on "setiquette" (surprise: movie sets are almost always models of civility--maybe because they have their own language), how to write a great script (no surprise: it's not easy) and even a recommended reading list.

In short, this book is a little gem. It's inside baseball, to be sure, but you don't have to work in the movie industry to enjoy it, because Movie Speak will appeal to anyone who loves language.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Greatest Toilet Book Ever! 23 juin 2009
Par William Badger - Publié sur Amazon.com
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.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Just as good for movie fans as for movie workers 6 mars 2009
Par Brian - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Much more than what it pretends to be, Movie Speak is not the mere nomenclature of moviemaking terminology its cover suggests. It's actually a very funny and well-written guide to movies and the devilish details in the lives of the people who make them. If you work in the movies this book will be a short-cut to years of accumulating the kind of inside knowledge you could never get without tuned ears, sharp eyes and top crews, packaged in a handy format small enough to hide in your favorite fishing vest or cargo pants.

But that said, this book might be even better for those of us who do not work in the movies and just like them, because Movie Speak will make watching movies more fun. And at $8.95 it's priced right as a gift for anyone into film.

You get the feeling that Tony Bill has a great time in his job and more importantly for his readers, he enjoys sharing the best of his experience with us. Movie Speak is from the kind of guy who'd be rooting for you if you were in the film business. His book is fun, useful, smart and informative.

All in all, a great read, a fine reference and a cool little gem.
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