How to Talk Like You Belong on a Film Set
By Tony Bill
(Workman Publishing, Paperback, 9780761143598, 216pp.)
Publication Date: February 2009
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"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.