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The Book

The Film Crew of Hollywood: Profiles of Grips, Cinematographers, Designers, a Gaffer, a Stuntman and a Makeup Artist


Before the advent of CGI and digital filmmaking, highly skilled film crews created the on-screen production magic that made classic Hollywood films timeless and engaging. Because of their proprietary talents, these professionals were continuously sought after. Directors respected and demanded them.

Actors loved and befriended them. Encapsulating these rare relationships and the life-long dedication to their craft, THE FILM CREW OF HOLLYWOOD illuminates the extraordinary careers of ten motion picture crew members who worked during Hollywood’s Independent age of film and television production. Covering the period from 1950 to 1985, this book reveals the anecdotal tales and trade secrets that are fast becoming a lost art.

Utilizing individual interviews and never before seen archival crew photographs of everyone from Steve McQueen and Jerry Lewis to Tom Hanks and Roman Polanski, this book provides a celebratory back story to the production of classic films such as Little Big Man, Chinatown, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, King Kong, The Searchers, Bullitt, Catch-22, and The Hustler, to name a fraction of titles covered.

Encompassing humorously memorable stories taken directly from the trenches, THE FILM CREW OF HOLLYWOOD also offers an educational treatment of filmmaking’s most indispensable techniques.

If you’re a classic film and television fan, or just love the art of movies, THE FILM CREW OF HOLLYWOOD was written expressly for you.

Film Historian

June 2015: International Cinematographers Guild Magazine: Leaping Lizards

June 2015: International Cinematographers Guild Magazine



August 2014: First Entertainment Credit Union: Jim Udel

July 2014: International Cinematographers Guild Magazine: James Udel’s The Film Crew of Hollywood

November 15, 2013: New book looks at Hollywood film crew members

December 11, 2013: Movies by the book

January 15, 2014: Interview: James Udel Takes Us Behind the Scenes in The Film Crew of Hollywood

January 21, 2014: Exclusive Excerpt: The Film Crew of Hollywood by James Udel


Upcoming Appearances

Radio:  January 23 at 11:39 pst – The Marilu Henner Show

Book Signing: February 1, 2014 at Book Soup in Hollywood, CA

Behind the Scenes

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