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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 -- Scenic Artist

Anne M. Strick | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Anne M. Strick

'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.

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

Anne M. Strick | Posted 11.03.2013 | Entertainment
Anne M. Strick

"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.

All the Doors to Hollywood and How to Open Them

Anne M. Strick | Posted 05.27.2013 | Entertainment
Anne M. Strick

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.

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."

Down And Really Out In Beverly Hills

Susan Winston | Posted 01.25.2013 | Los Angeles
Susan Winston

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.

Outsourcing Hollywood, Billions Leave Local Economy, Families Separated

Kevin James | Posted 11.12.2012 | Los Angeles
Kevin James

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.