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Keni Arts is a twenty-five year vet of the Hollywood movie and television industry. Back Lot Talk is a fun read whether you’re familiar with show business or not, and Keni’s nicely rendered drawings add to the fun and our understanding of moviemaking. Plus, his lighthearted essay on the serious challenges to breaking into the showbiz workforce will offer some combinations to success.

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Learn How to Talk Like a Hollywood Show Dog

Published by Keni Arts

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2010 Keni Arts

All rights reserved

This book is available in print at most online retailers.

ISBN 1453897895 (print edition)

EAN-13: 9781453897898

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Show Business Break-ins

About Keni


Keni Arts, a veteran of more than twenty-five years as a Hollywood movie and television set painter, has written his first book, Back Lot Talk

Back Lot Talk is a fun read whether you’re familiar with show business or not, and Keni’s nicely rendered drawings add to the fun and our understanding. Back Lot Talk is especially useful in helping permits (novices) quickly gain their footing in the industry and may serve as a refresher course for journeymen. Add to these benefits Keni's lighthearted essay on the serious challenges to breaking into the showbiz workforce.

The Hollywood scene, like much of the entertainment industry, is constantly changing, but Keni has done us all a great service by capturing some of its lingo, and a bit of its history, for posterity. Enjoy.

Stanley Williford

President, Vision Publishing


My walkie crackled, then I heard the PA ask, Stand-by painter, what's your 20? Over? I'm right here outside the set, I replied. They need you to knock down the door, said the young voice. Copy that. Fly'in in, I answered. With that, I grabbed a dulling spray from my kit and barked, Coming through! as I wound my way through the cast and crew en route to the 1st AD for specifics.

The movie industry is not unlike other specialized trades with its own unique lexicon.

It seemed that every time I thought I had exhausted the terms a motion picture set painter should be familiar with, I'd think of another, or overhear another painter say something