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Chapter 5 HOW DO I FINISH THE JOB?

At the end of a movie, most people get up and leave while the final credits roll. It’s different, of course, if you worked on the movie or know someone who did; if your spouse or best friend was “Third Assistant Gaffer,” “Foley Artist,” or “Best Boy,” you’ll stay an extra five minutes for the fun of seeing their name scroll by. When you do, you’ll be amazed by the long list of people who get mentioned by name. It takes the combined efforts of thousands of people to make a Hollywood production take shape.

In general, the arts do endings wonderfully well. In the theatre, the actors take a bow as the audience ...

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