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

Anne M. Strick | Posted 02.15.2014 | Entertainment
Anne M. Strick

Special effects essentially recreates physical things that can't exist, or can't exist conveniently, on a sound stage. Often times crews make models and big rigs -- or more appropriately, whatever the script calls for.

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

Anne M. Strick | Posted 09.28.2013 | Entertainment
Anne M. Strick

"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.

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

Anne M. Strick | Posted 08.31.2013 | Entertainment
Anne M. Strick

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).

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

Anne M. Strick | Posted 06.26.2013 | Entertainment
Anne M. Strick

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 t...

All the Doors to Hollywood and How to Open Them

Anne M. Strick | Posted 05.04.2013 | Entertainment
Anne M. Strick

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