Supervising sound editor Rob Nokes (left) and looper Lanei Chapman watch a silent scene to get a sense of what to say during a looping session for the television show Bones. Cindy Carpien/NPR hide caption

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Never Seen And Sometimes Barely Heard, Loopers Fill In Hollywood's Soundtrack

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Food stylist Melissa McSorley demonstrates how she prepared the Cubano sandwich from the movie Chef. Cindy Carpien/NPR hide caption

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Hollywood Food Stylists Know: You Can't Film Styrofoam Cake And Eat It, Too

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On location for Walk of Shame, camera crew members Larry Nielsen (center) and Milan "Miki" Janicin (right) help set up a crane shot. The wireless focus remote Nielsen will use is hanging from that purple carabiner on his jacket. Cindy Carpien/NPR hide caption

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Keen Eyes, Uncanny Instincts Keep Films In Sharp Focus

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Milan "Miki" Janicin slates a scene on a location shoot for The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Given the crowded location, "I'm actually on the phone with my first assistant, so he could let me know when the camera is rolling," Janicin says. Sidney Ray Baldwin hide caption

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'Clap!' On Set, The Signature Sound Of The Slate

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Spielberg's Schindler's List will mark its 20th year in 2013. Levy was in charge of the publicity campaign for the film and still has his original press kit. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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For Publicist Marvin Levy, It's All About Eyeballs

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The football-field-sized third floor of Warner Brothers' Prop House, where they keep a host of antiques available for rent. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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For Film Set Decorators, Tiny Details Count

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Alexander Payne's The Descendants has been nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Editor and Best Actor. Payne co-wrote and directed the film, which stars George Clooney as an indifferent dad struggling to raise two daughters. Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Extraordinary, Ordinary Life Of Alexander Payne

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At the Charles Aidikoff Screening Room on Rodeo Drive, filmmakers can screen their works in progress for an invite-only audience in the small, 57-seat theater. The screening room is also rented to show films to members of the Academy and the press. Cindy Carpien/NPR hide caption

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Private Screening: How Hollywood Watches Its Work

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Rudolph Valentino once entertained girlfriends (and boyfriends) in Room 1202 of L.A.'s Alexandria Hotel. Location manager Doug Dresser scouted the surreal space a decade ago — and recently took NPR's Susan Stamberg back for a visit. Courtesy Doug Dresser hide caption

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For Location Scouts, It's All About Making The Scene

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Objectively Speaking, It's All About The Prop Master

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When Atlanta burns in Gone with the Wind, what you're actually seeing is leftover sets from King Kong and The Garden of Allah set aflame in a lot in Culver City, Calif. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer hide caption

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Long Before Computers, How Movies Made Us Believe

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Belief On The Big Screen: Secrets Of Special Effects

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"A lot of times when parents are in this industry, they really don't get to see their children," says Charlie Scott III (left). "In the morning, you know, Dad's gonna be there. Like death and taxes." Cindy Carpien/NPR hide caption

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How Hollywood Gets Fed: A Lesson In Craft Service

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At 91, Shoemaker To The Stars Is Still In Business

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A Movie's Look, From Toilet To Villain's Lair

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Hollywood Jobs: You Thought Actors Were Trouble?

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When Continuity Counts, Call a Script Girl — Er, Guy

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Costume Designer Dips into Hollywood's Closet

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An Actor's Best Friend? The Casting Director

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On the Set: Decoding Film Production Jobs

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