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  • SubGenre:Entertainment & Performing Arts
  • Language:English
  • Pages:326
  • eBook ISBN:9780982866351

Kiss Me Quick Before I Shoot

A Filmmaker's Journey into the Lights of Hollywood and True Love

by Guy Magar

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This passionate, life-celebrating memoir embraces both love and work within a spectrum of entertaining stories of what it's like to live the filmmaking dream. Join me on a wild and thrilling rollercoaster ride of a Hollywood film career, the intoxicating highs of finding and sharing true love, and the sweet triumph of survival and healing. A great storyteller, Guy highlights the journey of building a successful film career and tells it like it is. This book is about honesty and passion in living, marrying, and working in Hollywood. For film lovers and film students, this is an absolute must-read! -- EVE HONTHANER, Production Coordinator TITANIC, USC Film Instructor, Author of Hollywood Drive
Finally, a book for all who love the movies written by a filmmaker who has walked the walk in TV and film. A very entertaining journey of fascinating industry stories providing a true look behind the curtain of filmmaking. Don't miss this unique treat inside the real Hollywood! -- JOE ALVES, British Academy Award winning Production Designer, JAWS, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND Jacqui and Guy have lived a true Hollywood love story which includes a brave triumph over cancer beautifully told in layman s words. This is a great memoir for all romantics, caregivers, and movie fans! -- LINDA MENDEZ, Business Manager Entertainment Industry Guy's hilarious stories and unique voice makes this memoir a very compelling read about the behind-the-scenes of filmmaking and living a romantic Hollywood life. A smart, engaging and uniquely passionate book. -- GEOFF SCHAAF, 4-time Emmy Winning Cinematographer, FATAL EXPOSURE, SEAQUEST, JACK AND JILL Kiss Me Quick Before I Shoot is a memoir about magic...the kind that permeates the air every time I call 'Action,' every time I'm in an editing room, every time I'm working with a composer on a film score. For me, there is no more magical a career endeavor than making films. Movie lovers will discover what it would be like to work in the dream factory, to be a film director, to have an inside peek at Hollywood s inner workings making movies and TV shows. This memoir brings to life the many personalities and stars encountered, and tells the hilarious stories behind the stories on the rocky road to Hollywood success. With production work spanning over 100 credits from docs to shorts to TV shows to feature films, Guy Magar s behind-the-scenes stories range from his first producer turning out to be a Mafia assassin, to shooting in Egypt for the original series Battlestar Galactica, to directing a grunting Mr. T on The A-Team, to almost decapitating a young Drew Barrymore, and to almost derailing James Cameron s career (or slowing it down as he proved way too talented for anyone to alter his storied destiny.) This memoir is about living the great American dream, an immigrant s dream to make movies in Hollywood. Kiss me quick before I shoot has been my welcoming catchphrase to my wife Jacqui whenever she visited on-set, seemingly always just before I rolled cameras. And so this book is also about a deeper magic, the magic of finding a life partner. Love begins when you meet a kind heart, a kind soul, and blossoms into caring for that person more than for yourself. Jacqui and I were married in a memorable and beautifully costumed Renaissance-themed wedding. I got to duel in a sword fight to win her hand against hooligans (stuntmen friends) who kidnapped her after she arrived by horse and buggy in front of 300 surprised guests. It was a magical wedding. It was my Errol Flynn life moment! Now, 28 years later, I am still head-over-heels in love with Jacqui. But then, suddenly, Black Monday hit: Jacqui was diagnosed with leukemia. I immediately moved into the role of caregiver, and my entire 24-hour life focus became Jacqui s healing. We discovered the healing mecca of the City of Hope in Duarte, California. There we met a world-class gifted doctor who welcomed Jacqui to join their national trial. We locked up our house, boarded the dog, and moved in to start Jacqui s curative journey back to health. DARE TO DREAM! As an immigrant with Hollywood dreams to become a director and I did...I dreamed of finding true love and I did at 34...and when Jacqui got ill, I dreamed we would find a way to heal her, and we did. People love stories about making dreams come true. I dared to dream!
About the author
Guy Magar was nine years old when he left Egypt in 1958. His family immigrated to the U.S., where he grew up in Middletown, New York. Graduating from Rutgers University with a B.A. in philosophy, Guy began his film career at the London Film School. Soup Run, his first short about the homeless, won a Special Jury Prize at the 1974 San Francisco International Film Fest. In 1978, Guy relocated to Los Angeles to attend the American Film Institute. His first dramatic short, Once Upon an Evening (made for $500 at the AFI) earned him a seven-year deal at Universal Studios. He soon began directing network TV dramas in the action/adventure genre. Guy has over 100 film credits including episodes of series La Femme Nikita, Sliders, The A-Team, Blue Thunder, Fortune Hunter, The Young Riders, Lawless, Hunter, and the CBS pilot/Movie of the Week Dark Avenger. He also directed 35 episodes of the studio daytime drama Capitol. In 1995, Guy was nominated for a Golden Reel Award for his television work on the series Nowhere Man. Guy’s feature film credits include Lookin’ Italian (starring TV “Friends” co-star Matt LeBlanc and singer Lou Rawls in their first film); Stepfather 3 which launched HBO’s World Premiere Series; and the cult thriller Retribution which will be released for the first time on DVD on its 25th anniversary in 2011. His most recent feature directing credit is Children of the Corn: Revelation based on Stephen King’s original story for Dimension Films. Guy is founder of the Action/Cut Filmmaking Seminars, which for the last ten years, has provided the acclaimed “page to screen” industry workshop—a two-day educational overview of the creative filmmaking process. Action/Cut has taught thousands of filmmakers at over 100 weekend seminar events during annual USA and international tours. His seminar is offered as a 12-hour DVD home film course which sells worldwide in stores and online. Guy is also founder of the annual Action/Cut Short Film Competition, which provides an opportunity for filmmakers to showcase their talents. The one-of-a-kind prize packages are designed to help launch film careers and assist in opening industry doors. Action/Cut was one of the first to stream winning films on the Internet, which can be viewed year-round on its website. MovieMaker magazine reviewed the Action/Cut Competition as one of the “Top 10 Shorts Festival in the World for Filmmakers.” Guy provides a consultancy service for directors and screenwriters, and private coaching for actors. In 2011, Guy published his memoir entitled Kiss Me Quick Before I Shoot. He can be reached through this book’s website www.kissmequickbeforeishoot.com, or at his Action/Cut Filmmaking Seminars and Short Film Competition website www.actioncut.com. Guy lives in the Hollywood Hills with Jacqui, his beautiful wife of 26 years.