Below The Line: A Film Crew Survival Guide * pulls back the curtain on what it takes to break into the film and television industry and work on set. Veteran Union crew member and author Melanie A. Ragone (Black Panther Wakanda Forever, Captain America: Civil War, The Hunger Games and TV series The Walking Dead,The Vampire Diaries, Doom Patrol), who rose over the years from Production Assistant to become one of the only female Best Boy Grips in the business, pulls no punches in this definitive, candid, unfiltered, insightful, enlightening, inspiring, humorous, and often harrowing guide book, which exposes the inner workings of production. Written by an insider as both a love and a hate letter to the entertainment industry.
Whether for the aspiring film student or independent filmmaker, professor of cinema, fellow experienced crew members, actor, screenwriter, director, producer or movie or TV fan just fascinated with the production process, Below The Line details what is to be expected on set, department by department, and how to best handle and survive the grueling demands and ongoing challenges of working on set. With one of the most comprehensive glossaries of film production terms ever assembled in print.
Depicting the opposite side of the glamour of Hollywood through first person accounts, Ragone's stories of working on some of the biggest productions in the world are gritty, honest and authentic and she shares her battle-tested wisdom and knowledge openly with the reader. Revealing the secretive inner workings and realities of the industry while providing both personal and practical, real world advice. This memoir is a survival guide for what is considered one of the most notoriously elusive, challenging and quite often chaotic industries on the planet. It's about getting your foot in the door and most importantly...keeping it there.
*available for sale on Amazon and all other major book sales platforms soon.