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Author Lecture: "Below the Line: Anatomy of a Successful Movie" by Meredith Jordan

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Author Lecture:

Below the Line: Anatomy of a Successful Movie

Below the Line  Meredith Jordan

With Meredith Jordan

Join us on Wednesday, February 13th for Below the Line: Anatomy of a Successful Movie with author Meredith Jordan. This newly released book takes you behind the scenes of how a movie is made. The lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. in The Learning Center (TLC).

Meredith Jordan will be discussing her just-published book Below the Line: Anatomy of a Successful Movie. The author was embedded on a major motion picture to follow the process from the inside. The film Last Vegas starred Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline and Mary Steenburgen but in these pages they play supporting roles. Instead readers follow an ensemble cast made up of the production designer, costumer supervisor, propmaster, and even the rock star who wrote the score.

The book opens in an empty studio and follows various departments as they do their jobs to prep the movie, watches as the famous actors arrive, and then shadows along every day of principal photography. We see everyone at work. It continues through wrap and post-production whereupon the author went to costume and prop houses, Panavision, editing, sound and post-production facilities. It finishes with marketing and distribution and ultimately box office and after-market receipts, which show a net profit of about $100 million. Below the Line proves movies are a collaborative art form. This is what it really takes to make a movie.

Meredith Jordan spent 25 years working for small, medium and large news organizations on the East Coast before moving west. She lives in the area.


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