Honoring The Credit Crawl

Those skilled individuals who work in production and as part of the crew are often referred to as below-the-line expenses, as mentioned at the beginning of this chapter. Below-the-line are labor and technical expenses, such as set construction, camera equipment, film stock, and developing and printing. (As opposed to above-the-line costs, which cover all of the major elements of a film, such as the writer, director, actor, producer, and the script and story development costs.) The lesson to be...

The Tenpercenteries

Agents generally work within agencies, although it is not mandatory to do so. However, as illustrated by the above list, if a project can be packaged within one agency, it is to the agency's advantage. There are large agencies that feature all the various departments of the industry listed above, and there are smaller agencies (generally referred to as boutique agencies), where agents specialize in just writers, just directors, just voice-over talent, and so on. Managers generally work on their...

Merton of the Movies MGM

This 1947 production, a remake of the 1924 movie of the same name and of Make Me a Star, was a star vehicle for comic Red Skelton. Some baby boomers may remember Skelton as a television funnyman, yet in the days before the small screen, Skelton had a substantial movie career. In this film, he plays the Merton Gill character, but this time he is an usher from Illinois who has just arrived in Hollywood. He befriends an extra girl and gains access to a movie studio where he is cast for a comedic...

Postmodern And Postfilm School Writers

For the first half of the twentieth century, writers in Hollywood generally came from other fields, such as writing novels or stage plays, and found themselves writing for the screen unexpectedly and without any previous screenwriting experience. In the second half of the filmmaking century, the films feature modern-day screenwriters, who are generally graduates of film schools, unaware of any form of writing other than for the screen. Paris When It Sizzles (Paramount, 1964) Ah, once again Bill...

Locating A Job Lead

Finding a job in Hollywood can happen at any time during your professional and personal entertainment industry life. Combing the employment ads of the trades and the online job sites is mandatory, but you might also land a lead (and maybe the job itself), through word of mouth or by just being at the right place at the right time. Remember that showing up is 95 percent of the game. By just being in the Hollywood environment you may absorb information about an assistant who is leaving to go on...

Good Morning Babylon Said Mr Chaplin

Two films produced within five years of one another capture Hollywood in her childhood years. These two films, Good Morning, Babylon and Chaplin, give insight into what it was like to work in the industry at that time. Both of them emphasize the joy and glory of working in Hollywood. The year is 1915. Let's back up for a moment, to understand the importance of that indelible year in the history of Hollywood. Good Morning, Babylon Vestron, 1987 It was in 1915 that director D. W. Griffith made...