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.
'We call ourselves liquid magicians and paint wizards, or sometimes stunt clown acrobatic speed artists,' says Bridget Duffy, whose credits include Showtime with Robert De Niro, as well as television's acclaimed Mad Men.
What does a Production Designer actually do? Production Designer Bill Brzeski says he's the "point person for the movie's overall look," and is in charge of everything from locations, reflecting time of day, real to virtual scenery and the shape of buildings.
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."
Beverly Hills is an industry town, home to moviemaking and television shows. This community is used to a life of creative fulfillment and a sense of everyday well being. But the dream machine offered here is now home to 20-somethings who are quickly replacing the 50-somethings.
One of America's most lucrative exports is entertainment. It wasn't long ago that L.A. was the entertainment capital of the world. But lack of a vision for L.A.'s future by current city leadership has led to the destruction of a local industry.