Here’s a quick plug that nobody’s paying me for. (Unlike The Hollywood Survival Guide, which pays me cold, hard PayPal credits every time one of my readers buys one. So, please do; hosting this website isn’t free!)
Alas, no one is paying me to plug Writing Movies for
Fun and Profit, by Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon.
If you’re an aspiring writer, you’ve probably already heard of this book, maybe even read it. But I want to recommend it to everybody who is starting out in the business, for one reason– the glossary.
That’s right, the glossary.
It lists every single crew position you might see in the credits, stuff you may never even have heard of, like a Genny Operator or a Standby Propsman. It even gives helpful hints, like:
If at first you have trouble telling the difference between the surly, tattooed anarchist electricians and the surly, tattooed anarchist grips, just remember: grips don’t get to plug anything in.
100% true. I love the description of PAs:
If you’re a PA and ANYONE on set tells you to do ANYTHING–you have to do it.
Also 100% true.