BEHIND THE SCENES

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What does a dolly grip do?

Just in case you think there's a group of folks who get paid to wander movie sets while clutching dolls, let us set you straight. Dolly grip is one of the most demanding film jobs out there.

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  • 10 Jaw-dropping Hollywood Scandals

    10 Jaw-dropping Hollywood Scandals

    Along with motion pictures, Hollywood has a knack for creating other things: controversy and scandal. So which scandals are the juiciest -- and why? See more »

  • 10 Most Thankless Jobs in Film

    10 Most Thankless Jobs in Film

    You might have heard that Sandra Bullock got $77 million for "Gravity," but how much did the PA make? We've compiled a list of the most tedious, low-paying jobs in show business – that people still beg for. See more »

  • An Amityville Primer

    An Amityville Primer

    HowStuffworks brings you up to speed on the story behind the "based on a true story" remake of "The Amityville Horror." Read about the real-life murders at 112 Ocean Avenue, the best-selling book and the family at the center of the controversy. See more »

  • Creating the Kranks Neighborhood

    Creating the Kranks Neighborhood

    Sometimes reality just doesn't do the trick. To get the right feel for the movie "Christmas with the Kranks," filmmakers had to build a fake wintry Chicago neighborhood on a parking lot in California. See how they did it. See more »

  • How 'The Da Vinci Code' Doesn't Work

    How 'The Da Vinci Code' Doesn't Work

    Could a sacred story be hidden for centuries, only to be revealed in one of the most famous works of art in the Western world? That's the story according to "The DaVinci Code." Take a look at the evidence. See more »

  • How Audience Testing Works

    How Audience Testing Works

    Andie ended up with Duckie in "Pretty in Pink" and Alex committed suicide in "Fatal Attraction." Except that they didn't. These are just two of the many movies where the endings were changed thanks to audience testing. See more »

  • How do movie productions shut off streets for filming?

    How do movie productions shut off streets for filming?

    If you live in a town where they shoot a lot of movies, chances are you've seen or read about a street closing due to a film shoot. With all the traffic inconvenience this can cause, how do movie companies get away with it? See more »

  • How Film Restoration Works

    How Film Restoration Works

    Film doesn't last forever – particularly if it was used before 1950. What causes it to break down, and how do restorers put it back together? See more »

  • How Guerilla Filmmaking Works

    How Guerilla Filmmaking Works

    The cost of permits to shoot in most public places can wreak serious havoc on independent filmmakers' budgets. That's why they often resort to guerilla tactics for their movies. How do they get away with it? See more »

  • How Harry Potter's Wand Works

    How Harry Potter's Wand Works

    The Harry Potter universe would not be complete without magic wands. Have you ever wanted to know how these wands work and why they seem to have a mind of their own? You can learn about these magic wands in this section. See more »

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