Introduction

Do you realize that every time you read a book without pictures you become a production designer, casting director, and costume designer? Hell, you can be a director if you want to. Whether you know it or not, when you read a book without pictures, your brain fills in the blank spots. You can see the people, how they are dressed, which way they are moving, and what it looks like around them. Neat, huh?... (read more: click \'Introduction\' on menu above)

What! And Give Up Show Business

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From Library Journal

“As I look back on all of this, it comes to me that this story is really what Hollywood is all about. Or at least what it’s supposed to be about,” says Wooley as he describes an antic casting session with Mel Brooks before they gallop off to shoot Blazing Saddles. Wooley’s autobiography is a fast-paced, humorous memoir of scouting and creating sets for numerous feature films and TV movies. Designing often translates into transporting or re-making, as when he dismantled and moved a derelict, vermin-infested house for Sounder and re-created Dom DeLuise’s childhood kitchen for Fatso. Frequently, location scouting comes to nought and the film is aborted. See, for instance, Wooley’s adventures in Nigeria or in Cleveland, where almost-famous boxing impresario and executive producer Don King introduces him to physicians financing his film Blood, Black and White, “so that the doctors could see that we were, indeed, legitimate Hollywood types.” Wooley’s behind-the-scenes cohorts are as interesting as the notables he encounters, which include Robert Mitchum, James Cagney, Anne Bancroft, and Katharine Hepburn. A welcome antidote to star and director bios. Kim Holston, American Inst. for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters, Malvern, PA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review
Fraught with insight and mirth, just like Peter Wooley, himself. — Mel Brooks

Product Description
The reminiscences of Hollywood’s top production designer, who recalls * Robert Mitchum falling off a barstool * Brian Keith’s creative, incessant swearing * the fate of the fake bird droppings on the set of Mel Brooks’ High Anxiety. From Katharine Hepburn to Robert Redford — Wooley’s met them all and watched them all and tells all. And his memories are not just about stars, but also about the scores of creative, clever, zany, egotistical characters he’s worked with in his demanding and creative profession. Full of fun and gossip and yarns, it’s for everyone who wants to know what really goes on behind the scenes.

About the Author
Peter Wooley has been a production designer in the motion picture and television industries for over 30 years; his work includes Going Home, Sounder, Cleopatra Jones, Blazing Saddles, and High Anxiety. He won an Emmy nomination for the T.V. movie, The Day After.

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