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Backstage at a Movie Set (High Interest Books: Backstage Pass)

Backstage at a Movie Set (High Interest Books: Backstage Pass)
Author: Katherine Wessling
ISBN 13: 9780516243252
ISBN 10: 51624325
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Children's Press(CT)
Publication Date: 2003-03-01
Format: Library Binding
Pages: 48
List Price: $24.50

Explores the history of motion picture production, key players in the process of making a film, a typical day of shooting, and how to pursue one's interest in the field, ...

Sherry Korthalls <%ISBN%>051624325X - VOYA

This five-volume "Backstage Pass" series hones the cutting edge of career-guidance literature for adolescents. Providing realistic behind-the-scenes looks at some high-profile industries, these books introduce readers to the myriad employment opportunities available. Formatting is formulaic: a bold introduction, a historical overview of industry developments and pioneers, a chapter devoted to basic production processes, one chapter outlining a typical day "backstage," and another offering career advice. Appendixes include professional and Internet resources. Movie Set delivers a fresh, unaffected look at the movie industry, legitimatizing careers frequently viewed by the average teen as inaccessible. Her concise history traces cinematography's evolution from thirty-second black-and-white silent films to the full-length special-effects epics produced today. Citing such recognizable figures as Steven Spielberg, Denzel Washington, Harry Potter, and Austin Powers, Wessling does a superb job of introducing the various specialists who contribute to a film's production. Proffered career advice is excellent, and supplemental resources are sure to aid young filmmakers, actors, and designers pursuing their professional goals. The complete series proves an on-target addition to Scholastic's High Interest Books collection, despite some inconsistencies in writing quality that stronger editing could have precluded. Consistent use of simplified vocabulary and the series' strong visual appeal makes each title an easy and exciting read for young adults. Vibrant covers, smart formatting, and a plethora of appealing photographs will attract even the most reluctant readers, while a complement of insider"trade secrets" and contemporary cultural references will maintain interest. Trade pb. Glossary. Index. Photos. Further Reading. Appendix. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P M (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2003, Children's Press/Scholastic, 48p. PLB