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Don't Look Down
Jennifer Crusie
0312348126
April 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
A one-eyed alligator and a pre-Columbian collection of jade phallic symbols figure into this nutty swampland romp from Crusie (Faking It, etc.) and Mayer (Operation Dragon-Sim, etc.). Lucy Armstrong takes a break from doing dog food commercials to take over a full-length feature shoot in the Savannah River swamps, where she finds half the crew is missing, her ex-husband in charge of stunts and a nonsensical script. Meanwhile, Green Beret J.T. Wilder, stunt double to the lead actor who secretly works for the CIA, thought this gig would be easy money, but he soon finds himself embroiled in a money laundering scheme while trying to catch an arms dealer for the Russian mob, tracking a spy through the muck and resisting his growing desire for a woman who looks like Wonder Woman—Armstrong, natch. Plenty of big...


Dressing a Galaxy
Trisha Biggar
0810965674
Oct 2005
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Adult/High School–Through lavish visuals and concise text, Biggar describes the painstaking process her team, under George Lucass direction, used to create the costumes worn in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Six chapters feature outfits categorized by role: Jedi vs. Sith, Royalty, Military, Galactic Senate, Slaves, and Rogues & Bounty Hunters. An entire chapter is devoted to the gorgeous clothes for Queen Padme Amidala. Because the costumes were custom fitted, the actors model those created for their roles. The author begins each chapter with an account of the design challenges, fabric selection, and fabrication of the costumes and special props for each role. The oversized format and archival, quality photographs enable readers to study the workmanship, design, and textiles of each highlighted...


From Reel to Deal: Everything You Need to Create a Successful Independent Film
Dov S-S Simens
0446674621
July 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Based on his acclaimed "2-Day Film School"(tm), Dov S-S Simens serves up a flawless and detailed blueprint for creating successful independent films. With his signature in-your-face, no-holds-barred advice, the Godfather of Independent Film teaches readers everything they need to know to create full-length feature films. From screenwriting ("There are two types of scripts: It's great or it sucks!") to distribution ("Who are the whores of Hollywood?"), Simens provides encyclopedic, precise, and creative instruction for making a vision a reality. By the end of the book, readers will know exactly what to do to make their films.

About the Author
Dov S-S Simens lives in Sherman Oaks, California.


Creating the Worlds of Star Wars
John Knoll
0810959364
Oct 2005
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Adult/High School–Star Wars visual effects supervisor Knoll serves as tour guide on a behind-the-scenes journey, covering all six films in the 365 Days series. The book is a comprehensive resource that includes breathtaking, 360-degree panoramic shots of sets and models as well as concept art, props, film stills, and memorabilia. The author includes firsthand descriptions of both the shots and techniques that made the movies a success. In addition to never-before-seen images, the book contains enough trivia to make any fan happy. Because of its small size, it is easy to hold, and the format is easy to read; each day includes one full-page photo on a facing page and a half-page narrative that explains the techniques in a way that even non-techies can understand. A CD-ROM contains more than 100 QuickTime...


Blonde Ambition (The A-List), Vol. 3
Zoey Dean
0316734748
August 2004
Paperback
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The Billion Dollar BET
Brett Pulley
0471735973
Sept 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Against overwhelming odds, BET founder Robert Johnson blasted through social and economic barriers using his intelligence and charm, first establishing himself in the realm of Washington politics and later in the media business. One might think his rags-to-riches story would be incredibly uplifting. But in this unauthorized biography, Pulley (a senior editor at Forbes and well-known expert on the business of entertainment) reports that Johnson’s methods were anything but noble. Though he created the first black-owned and -operated cable company, Pulley says, Johnson had little interest in raising the quality of the programming that BET offered to the black community, despite that community’s loyalty to his channel. (In Canada, blacks even lobbied to have BET carried on their cable systems.) From the...


Warner Bros. Animation Art: The Characters, the Creators, the Limited Editions
Jerry Beck
0760734925
August 2002
Hardcover
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From Booklist
"Before 1977, relatively few people were aware of animation cels as an art form," Beck and Friedwald inaugurally opine. Discussion of collectible cel art soon slips away, though, as the object becomes not to evaluate Warner animation, but to praise it on big, lavishly illustrated pages that are bound for heavy duty. Exhaustiveness is not a concern: Beck and Friedwald spotlight a lesser character like Michigan J. Frog, but not many others, mostly, it seems, because M. J. is the spokes-'toon for Warner's TV network. Still, there is plenty of tribute to major creative stalwarts like voice man Mel Blanc and directors Bob Clampett, Friz Freleng, Bob McKimson, Tex Avery, and Chuck Jones. The upbeat exposition even cites a few controversies, such as the trimming of Heckling Hare that contributed to Avery's leaving Warner...


Beyond the Wardrobe
E. J. Kirk
0060765534
Nov 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Just in time for the live-action movie THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE in fall 2005, here are 128 full-color pages packed with everything there is to know about The Chronicles of Narnia’s characters, places, magic, themes, and author




From the Back Cover
Beyond the Wardrobe is the first official full-color guide to C. S. Lewis's best-selling fantasy classics that comprise The Chronicles of Narnia. This extravagant companion is perfect for established fans and newcomers to the books as well as for those who have seen the movie The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Take an exciting tour through the series that has been heralded as the standard by which all fantasy realms must be measured. Everything there is to know is here: Find...


Welcome to Temptation
Jennifer Crusie
0312974256
April 2001
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
Prepare to be absolutely charmed by Jennifer Crusie's riotous tale of two slightly twisted sisters and a town chock full of hunks, coots, and petty politics in Welcome to Temptation.

Sophie and Amy Dempsey are just two wedding filmers trying to hop to the next level of their careers when they agree to produce a documentary of aging film star Clea Whipple's return to her hometown of Temptation, Ohio. And when the local mayor, Phin Tucker, and the police chief, Wes Mazur, proffer themselves as willing subjects for quick flings, Sophie and Amy aren't the type to object. But things are never easy in rural Ohio, and what starts off as an esoteric art film project soon evolves into potential porn--and that's just the relationships, let alone the documentary. Clea's husband Zane turns belly-up, the race for mayor turns dirty,...



Kingdom of Heaven
Ridley Scott
1557046611
May 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
With a scheduled release date set to accompany that of Ridley Scott's new film, Kingdom of Heaven, this behind-the-scenes book explores the history of the Crusades, the era of the movie's inspiration. The film follows Balian, "a blacksmith turned Crusader," during a rare and brief peace-time among the Christian and Muslim cultures, between the Second and Third Crusades. As the book reveals, the idea for the film began shortly after the September 11th attacks, but Scott argues in his introduction that the film is not meant to "moralize or propagandize." Later in the volume, screenwriter William Monahan reveals his intent: "The two civilizations, arguably, being again at war, I was interested in examining a time when there was a period of...if not peace, then accommodation-when the Muslim world and 'Christendom'...


Film Directing Shot by Shot
Steven D. Katz
0941188108
January 1991
Textbook Paperback
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Book Review
Film Directing Shot by Shot offers a good introduction to the rudiments of film production. Steven D. Katz walks his readers through the various stages of moviemaking, advising them at every turn to visualize the films they wish to produce. Katz believes that one of the chief tasks of filmmaking is to negotiate between our three-dimensional reality and the two-dimensionality of the screen. He covers the number of technical options filmmakers can use to create a satisfying flow of shots, a continuity that will make sense to viewers and aptly tell the film's story. Katz provides in-depth coverage of production design, storyboarding, spatial connections, editing, scene staging, depth of frame, camera angles, point of view, and the various types of stable compositions and moving camera shots.

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Memoirs of a Geisha
David James
1557046832
Dec 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Arthur Golden's 1997 tale appealed to director Marshall (Chicago) for the same reasons it attracted millions of readers: because it "not only peers into the fascinating and forbidden world of a geisha's life in 1930s Japan, but also tells the emotional tale of one particular girl's journey." This accompanying volume to the forthcoming film based on the book will certainly enchant fans. In his introduction, Golden recalls how "curious" it was for him to walk around a full-scale geisha district of the 1930s built on a field in California and know that such a detailed set grew out of his grueling experience writing the novel. A history of the geisha comes next, and then a portfolio of images from the film, some quite striking (such as the one of geisha practicing movements with fans, hair down, relaxed in their...


Elia Kazan: A Biography
Richard Schickel
0060195797
November 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decided to give Kazan (1909–2003) an honorary Oscar in 1999, it rekindled the lingering resentment over his testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee nearly 50 years earlier. Schickel, who produced a short film for the Academy's presentation and covered the controversy in his role as Time's movie critic, has virtually no sympathy for Kazan's detractors, arguing that HUAC was "a harsh and permanent fact of American life" in the early Cold War era and, more importantly, that Kazan was testifying against Stalinists, not innocent liberals. He also observes that Kazan's early efforts at self-defense may ironically have worked against him, sealing his image in the public eye. The biography's main goal, however, is to restore Kazan's artistic...


Once Upon a Time in Italy
Christopher Frayling
0810958848
July 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Of Sergio Leone (1929–1989) and his legendary spaghetti westerns, director Martin Scorsese says, "he created a new genre... a major departure for Italian cinema." Frayling's history of Leone's life and work is a testament to that creation, an all-encompassing and carefully compiled book for fans and students. Besides telling the story of Leone's rise (in 1964, he made A Fistful of Dollars on $200,000 and some leftover film stock), the book contains interviews with composer Ennio Morricone, star Clint Eastwood and Leone himself. Morricone explains that he wrote musical scores for Leone's films without a script, drawing only on the story and Leone's take on the characters. Eastwood defines Leone's westerns as operatic, and great movie villain Lee Van Cleef reveals that he turned down a role in the now classic...


Art of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
Jonathan W. Rinzler
0345431359
April 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Packed with breathtaking visuals created by a team of world-class artists, The Art of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith reveals an essential element of the climactic finale of the Star Wars film saga. For years, George Lucas’s handpicked group has labored feverishly to bring Episode III’s unforgettable creatures, exotic worlds, and mind-bending action to life. Together, they created character drawings, costume designs, droids and starships, planetary vistas, animation sketches, matte paintings, and animatics–every type of illustration imaginable.

This extraordinary volume unveils the best of their efforts: never-before-seen images–storyboards, models, production sketches, and ILM-generated art–that chronicle the fascinating journey from first draft to...


Filmmaking for Dummies
Bryan Michael Stoller
0764524763
July 2003
Paperback
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Review
"I found Filmmaking For Dummies a thorough and informative read: a complete A to Z that demystifies not only production, but pre- and post- production as well. Stoller paints a picture of filmmaking so basic that you'd have to be not just a dummy but completely braindead if you're unable to make your own movie after closing the book." (Entertainment Weekly, September 5, 2003)

Book Description
Film is a powerful medium. Successful filmmakers possess the passion to visually tell a story that will affect people's emotions, make them see things differently, help them discover new ideas, or just create an escape for them.

Whether you love the experience of being enthralled by movies or the excitement, challenge, and magic of making the movie yourself, Filmmaking For...



Don't Look Down
Jennifer Crusie
1593553730
April 2006
Compact Disc
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From Publishers Weekly
The pairing of readers Lawlor and Raudman misses more than it hits in this uneven audiobook. Lucy Armstrong, a director of dog food commercials, accepts the job of helming the last four days of an action-adventure movie. Before she has a chance to spend time with her sister, Daisy, who is also working on the film, Lucy is soon embroiled in a real-life adventure involving money laundering, kidnapping, the Russian mob, a one-eyed alligator and a most unexpected romance. In theory, the idea of having two readers portraying the male and female characters of a novel, as well as rotating chapters to correspond with the book's alternating viewpoints, would seem like a good one. Unfortunately, the audio suffers from poor production values. Raudman gives a rich, intimate sound to her reading, but Lawlor seems to be stuck...


The Cinema of George Lucas
Marcus Hearn
0810949687
Apr 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The life and career of the one-man cinematic revolution that is George Lucas gets a lush visual treatment in Hearn's frankly adoring and uncritical coffee-table book, though there's plenty of smart text underpinning the artwork as well. The first two of the book's eight chapters are best, covering Lucas's childhood and student filmmaking days at USC, which culminated in the 1971 masterpiece THX 1138 and 1973's iconic American Graffiti. Hearn deftly portrays this heady period in Lucas's life, in which the director was furiously experimenting with the form and working inside the short-lived San Francisco filmmaking collective American Zoetrope with pals Francis Ford Coppola, master editor Walter Murch and legendary cinematographer Haskell Wexler. This section is elaborately illustrated with photographs, publicity...


Cameras in Narnia
Ian Brodie
0060885955
Nov 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
How to make a movie! Through the lens of the making of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe movie. Focusing on the New Zealand landscape set made famous by The Lord of the Rings movies. With a Foreword by Andrew Adamson, Director of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.




From the Back Cover
A full-color guidebook showcasing the principal movie set locations around New Zealand explaining the process of making a book into a movie. Contains valuable background information, stills from the movie, the authors own photographs, interviews from the cast and crew and exclusive anecdotes about the filming of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.




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Making Movies
Sidney Lumet
0679756604
March 1996
Paperback
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Book Review
It's well known that a vast number of people work on any given movie in roles as varied as writing scripts, choosing locations, dressing sets, costuming the players, lighting scenes, manipulating the camera, directing actors, editing film, working on sound, advertising the finished product, and screening it to an audience. Have you ever thought about how these components are collated? Or why the director is most often considered the author of a film? Wonder no more, because Sidney Lumet's Making Movies is a terrific journey through each stage of filmmaking that is overseen by the director. Lumet, the veteran director of Twelve Angry Men, The Pawnbroker, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, Network, The Verdict, and many other fine movies, knows the ins and outs of American filmmaking...

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