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Joseph Allen

Joseph Allen

Roseville, California

I have freelanced behind the scenes in the movie business for 25 years as part of the Grip Department, with over 100 combined movies, tv shows and commercials worked on.

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For many years I have had people come to me for advise on how to get into the movie business. Like many that will be reading this book, I started at the bottom and worked my way up. I came into the business at age 28 with no experience except from jobs outside the industry. I knew nothing about the business, but I was hungry to learn. At that time, I could've used a book like the one I'm writing. I worked hard, asked many questions, learned fast and was persistent. Through time, opportunities and doors began to open. And once that chance was there, I went after it.

Entering my 25th year in the business, I feel that my experience and knowledge can help many people. I have had an incredible journey making films in the Bay Area with amazing people and projects. I am lucky to say that each year in the business for me has given me at least two to three jobs per year where I finish them and tell myself, "I will remember that project my whole life." That to me is the magic-- loving what you do, being excited about what might happen and not really knowing what the next text, phone call or project will bring. Each person's journey will be different and interesting and that is what keeps you coming back year after year. My hope is that this book will give each reader an opportunity to experience this same kind of magic.
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Behind the Scenes:

How to Survive in the Movie Business as a Freelance Film Technician

Learn how to get into the movie business and stay working through the time tested information, tips and advice offered within this book.

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Entrepreneurship & Small Business
18,000 words
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1. For most people beginning in the film business, it can be a tremendous struggle to find work and continue to get steady work. For many, they don't get enough work to survive and move onto other careers. Like any career, it takes time, effort and determination to get yourself established. My book is designed to give people quick, time tested, sound advise on how to get working and stay working in the business.

2. The aim of this book is to provide readers with a deeper understanding of the inner workings of the movie business, including offering a better understanding about the right and wrong way to work as a freelance technician, and information about motion picture unions and why they are important. The information readers will gain from this book will allow them to go anywhere in the world on a film and get work -- with persistence and know how.

3. I have been working as a film technician and as part of the Grip Department for over 25 years, primarily out of San Francisco, California. My experience spans a wide range of film making through feature films, television and television commercials. My goal is to pass on hands on experience and hard earned knowledge in order that people can benefit from a more clear and direct path starting out, which will save them time, money and headache.

Why support this book?

  • No other book out there explains how to get in and stay employed behind the scenes in the movie business.
  • My book offers an inside perspective to anyone of any age looking to begin in the movie business. It is information gained through a long career making movies in the San Francisco Bay Area. All the information within the book is applicable to any movie being made worldwide.
  • I want to give back to the film community globally with working knowledge on how to survive long term in the industry.

Similar titles

  • Freelance to Freedom by Vincent Pugliese. Morgan James Publishing. Jan. 2, 2018. -------------------------------------**My book will be different from this titled book in that it focuses exclusively on the movie business and how to survive freelancing and getting work within it.
  • The Movie Business Book by Jason S. Squire. Focal Press. 2017. ---------------------------- **My book will be different from this titled book because it focuses on how to be successful in the movie business behind the camera as a technician versus success in the business as a movie executive.
  • The Filmmakers Handbook by Steven Ascher and Edward Pincus. 2013. Plume Publishing.------------------------------------- **My book will be different from this titled book because it is a book targeted to people that want to break into making movies as film technicians.

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Anyone wanting to get into the movie business as a freelance technician.

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  • Mike Booth
    on April 3, 2020, 2:26 p.m.

    Best wishes for your new book!
    Have a great weekend!... at home! 😉
    -Mike

    • Joseph Allen
      on April 8, 2020, 1:22 a.m.

      Thank you Mike! Appreciate your pre order and support! All the best! Joe

  • Reed Maidenberg
    on April 8, 2020, midnight

    I look forward to reading your book Joe! Congratulations on its publication!
    Reed

    • Joseph Allen
      on April 8, 2020, 1:26 a.m.

      Thank you Reed! This is the pre-publication phase. The Publication process begins once this campaign ends. I will keep all my subscribers and pre-orders in the know on the process once the campaign is complete. Again, many thanks for the support. I hope you and your family are well and safe.

      Again, thank you!!!

      All the best.

      Joe Allen

  • Nikolaus Wendelsdorf
    on April 9, 2020, 6:03 p.m.

    Congrats brother! Looking forward to it!

    • Joseph Allen
      on April 10, 2020, 2:19 a.m.

      Thank you Nik for the support! Appreciate it very much. Hope you are well and safe during the lockdown. I will keep all subscribers aware of the publishing process once the campaign completes. Thanks again Nik. Hope to see you soon following all this!

      All the best.

      Joe Allen

  • Jennifer Fuller
    on April 12, 2020, 3:12 a.m.

    I’m so proud of you!!
    Best wishes to you Joe!!!

    Always~Jennifer

    • Joseph Allen
      on April 12, 2020, 5:12 p.m.

      Thank you Jennifer. Very sweet of you to support the book.

      All the best.

      Joe

  • Doug Renner
    on April 13, 2020, 8:42 p.m.

    Pursuing your passion and extending it into a book is an admirable move. Great job Joe!

    • Joseph Allen
      on April 13, 2020, 9:21 p.m.

      Thank you Doug. Appreciate your words and your support in this endeavor. Hope you and the family are safe and healthy.

      Hope to see you soon.

      All the best.

      Joe

  • Shannon Ross
    on April 14, 2020, 2:44 a.m.

    Excited to read your book Joe!

    • Joseph Allen
      on April 14, 2020, 2:51 p.m.

      Thank you Shannon!! Appreciate your support!! Hope all is well and I'll keep you posted on the publishing journey once the campaign ends.

      All the best.

      Joe

  • Ian Chilcote
    on April 14, 2020, 5:27 p.m.

    Joe I hope you and your family are well. These are troubled times but we manage to stay busy making art from home and learning our appliances inside and out. I wish I could have contributed more but as you know this is a bad time financially as well. When we bounce back I would love to help out more if I can. All the best and thank you for sharing the knowledge you’ve obtained over the years.

    • Joseph Allen
      on April 14, 2020, 6:13 p.m.

      Thank you Ian! Appreciate your support in ordering the book! All the best to you and your family. Stay strong and healthy! Hope to see you soon.

      Joe

  • Rebel Sun
    on April 14, 2020, 5:46 p.m.

    Rock on!

    • Joseph Allen
      on April 14, 2020, 6:13 p.m.

      Thank you my brothers at Rebel Sun!! Appreciate the support!!

      All the best.

      Joe

  • Elan Teodorowicz
    on April 14, 2020, 5:55 p.m.

    I really wish you all the success in the world with this project... You deserve it!!

    • Joseph Allen
      on April 14, 2020, 6:16 p.m.

      Thank you Elan! Appreciate your support and order!! Hope you and the family are healthy and strong. Hope to see you soon at work.

      All the best!!

      Joe

  • Patrick Roth
    on April 14, 2020, 6:04 p.m.

    Congrats Joe. Looking forward to the book. I remember back in 1990 when I started in the business, there wasn’t much out there as far as books. I read what I could and wished there was something more “all inclusive”. Glad you’re making it happen.
    Stay Healthy friend. See you soon!

    • Joseph Allen
      on April 14, 2020, 6:20 p.m.

      Thank you Pat!! Appreciate your support!! You are a long time friend in the business and always fun to work with. Again, thank you for supporting my journey with this. It means a lot to me. Hope to see you soon!

      All the best.

      Joe

  • David Allendorf
    on April 14, 2020, 6:25 p.m.

    Congratulations Joe! Well done my friend

    • Joseph Allen
      on April 14, 2020, 6:32 p.m.

      Thank you Dave! Appreciate your support!! Hope you and your family are strong and healthy.

      All the best.

      Joe

  • Jamie Campana
    on April 14, 2020, 6:52 p.m.

    Good Luck, Joe! I'm a fellow Key Grip living in the bay area and am happy to support what you've accomplished. I'm excited to read your book. Best - Jamie

    • Joseph Allen
      on April 14, 2020, 8:47 p.m.

      Hi Jamie! Thank you for supporting my book campaign. I appreciate it very much. I will be keeping all subscribers updated on the publishing process once the campaign comes to a close. I'm excited about it as well. It's been an amazing journey. Again, thank you for your order and hope to meet you someday once the pandemic has come to an end!

      All the best.

      Joe Allen