Gr 4-8-In this series entry, line producer McLaglen (Hope Floats, Two Weeks Notice), independent filmmaker Maureen Gosling (Blossoms of Fire), and executive producer Paula Weinstein (Analyze This, Truman) comment on their careers. They discuss how they got started, their responsibilities, and their likes and dislikes, and describe a typical day. A question-and-answer section to help readers determine if they have the motivation and temperament required for filmmaking follows the anecdotal text. Eight lesson plans offer fundamental activities to acquaint students with some of the visual, staging, and technical skills used in making movies. Basic production terms are defined and brief biographical facts and film credits for each woman are presented. An accompanying DVD contains interviews and film clips. Although the personal reflections are engaging, the text is poorly organized and confusing, shifting between an unidentified narrator and the filmmakers without clearly acknowledging each speaker. The full-color photographs are not labeled and are poorly integrated. The intended audience for this title is also unclear. While the conversational tone will appeal to young readers, the lesson plans are directed at teachers. Nonetheless, the perspective on movie production and women in the field might be useful.-Gerry Larson, Durham School of the Arts, NC Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.