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Anne M. Strick
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I have spent twenty–plus years in the movie industry, working with Universal, Warner’s and Paramount, as Unit Publicist, Project Coordinator and National Publicity Director, and with such Hollywood legends as Jack Nicholson, James Earl Jones, Sean Penn, Arnold Schwarzenegger, David Lynch and Dino De Laurentiis, among many others. Additionally, I have published short stories, articles, theater reviews and six books, including the heretical and highly praised (“remarkable”) critique of our adversary legal system, “Injustice For All”. Among my publishers are Putnam, Penguin and Barricade Books.

Educated at Bennington College and UCLA, I live in Los Angeles.

Entries by Anne M. Strick

All the Doors to Hollywood and How to Open Them - Make-Up

(1) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 11:25 PM

What is it like to be a Make-Up Artist? What do you do?

"I love it", says BEVERLY JO PRYOR, who suspects she's made up "over a thousand people" by now. "In a way, we're sort of therapists. We make sure the actors look the part, of course, we find...

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All the Doors to Hollywood and How to Open Them -- Costume Designer

(3) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 5:03 PM

How does a costume designer go about the job?

"It's all very precise", says Louise Frogley, among whose credits are The Conspirator and The Men Who Stare at Goats, and who has been in the business for 35 years.

First, I'm sent the script, and then, if I haven't worked...
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All the Doors to Hollywood and How to Open Them -- Set Decorator

(1) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 5:18 PM

What does a Set Decorator do?
"Well", says Set Decorator TRICIA SCHNEIDER, "it's sort of like a perpetual scavenger hunt. I discuss with the Director and the Production Designer all the things that will add to the script, or fill in the blank spots -- all the between-the-lines elements....

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All the Doors to Hollywood and How to Open Them -- Graphic Design

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 6:07 PM

What is the Graphic Designer's job?

"We do all the signs and graphics on a movie," says Lillian Heyward. "We paint, we draw, we design. On Force of Nature, for instance, with Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock, we did the airplane logo, the plane's seat numbers, the signs on the...

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All the Doors to Hollywood and How to Open Them -- Transportation

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 11:00 AM

What does a Transportation Coordinator do on a movie?

"A lot of things. A lot", says JIM THORNSBERRY, who estimates he's done "at least fifty" movies and television series. "The first thing I do when I'm hired, is break the script down -- how long the projected schedule is, whether...

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All The Doors to Hollywood and How to Open Them -- Special Effects

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 5:54 AM

What does special effects do?

According to Dave Beavis, special effects essentially "recreates physical things that can't exist, or can't exist conveniently, on a sound stage -- rain, snow, mist -- natural elements. And normal things like airplanes and landslides and fires. All to order, in front of the camera".

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All The Doors to Hollywood and How to Open Them -- Scenic Artist

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 9:21 AM

What does a scenic artist do?

"We call ourselves 'liquid magicians' and 'paint wizards,' or sometimes 'stunt clown acrobatic speed artists,'" says Bridget Duffy, whose credits include Daddy Daycare with Eddie Murphy and Showtime with Robert De Niro, as well as television's acclaimed Mad Men.

We create illusion with paint....

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All The Doors to Hollywood and How to Open Them - Props

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 11:05 AM

What is Props' job?

"Well", says Prop Master PETER BANKINS, among whose movies is Monster's Ball, shot in part in Louisiana State Prison, "we're responsible for everything the actors handle. Newspapers, watches and jewelry, maps, sports equipment, police equipment, cell phones, computers, weapons, paintings the actors may pretend to work...

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All the Doors to Hollywood and How to Open Them -- Grip

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 11:50 AM

What is a Grip? What does a Grip do?

"Grips are sort of like the Sea Bees of the film crew", says Art Bartels, among whose movies are Ocean's Eleven with Matt Damon and Along Came Polly, with Jennifer Aniston and Ben Stiller.

"We're the production's physical support system. If...

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All The Doors to Hollywood and How to Open Them - Gaffer

(1) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 4:51 PM

What is a Gaffer? What does a Gaffer do?

A Gaffer, Jay Yowler tells us, is head of the electrical department and right hand man to the Director of Photography (who is sometimes referred to as the Lighting Cameraman). "The D.P., by the way, is really the most important person...

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All the Doors to Hollywood and How to Open Them - Construction Coordinator

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 10:28 AM

What does a Construction Coordinator do?

"I'm the general contractor for the scenery", says TOM MORRIS. "I put together the team of craftsmen to get all of the sets built - Carpenters - 'Propmakers' in the film industry - Welders, Painters, Sculptors, Plasterers, Greensmen and Laborers. The size of the...

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All the Doors to Hollywood and How to Open Them - Art Director

(2) Comments | Posted April 27, 2013 | 12:09 AM

Just what does an Art Director do?
"It's a multi-faceted job," says Mark Garner. "I'm kind of an office manager at first, putting the art department together. The film's concept, its mood and look, is determined by the director and production designer -- and I create drawings to illustrate...

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All the Doors to Hollywood and How to Open Them

(2) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 8:41 PM

What does a Production Designer actually do? How do you go about it?
"I'm the point person for the movie's overall look", says Production Designer BILL BRZESKI. "Anywhere from helping pick locations, reflecting time of day, overseeing all the real to virtual scenery and the shape of buildings, to...

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All the Doors to Hollywood and How to Open Them

(8) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 9:37 AM

What does a bookkeeper or accountant do on a movie? "Essentially", says Accountant Michael Menzies -- veteran of such movies as Conan The Destroyer, Body of Evidence and Tai-Pan -- "my job is to work with the film's producer and the studio to create the budget. And then simply help...

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All the Doors to Hollywood and How to Open Them

(8) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 7:50 AM

Some time ago, I needed a job. I had spent six years finishing a book, living on and finally totally depleting my savings. At last, I found employment with a start-up corporate public relations firm, worked there for six months, was fired for insubordination, refused several apologetic hire-back offers, and...

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