Directors Close Up: Interviews with Directors Nominated for Best Film by the Directors Guild of America / Edition 2

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Since 1992, The Directors Guild of America has hosted annual seminars featuring its nominees for outstanding feature film directing. Since its inception, film and television director Jeremy Kagan has moderated these sessions in which the finest contemporary directors weigh in on every aspect of the filmmaking process. In this book, Kagan has culled the most insightful and entertaining responses from these acclaimed directors. From script development through pre-production to production and post-production, they offer personal insights into every step of the creative process. They also reveal their candid takes on the best and worst aspects of their profession. This second edition includes all the nominees from 2000 thru 2005 and features personal materials from many of the directors, including storyboards, script notes, sketches, and on-set photos. Directors Close Up will be of interest to both professional and aspiring directors, as well as to film fans who will enjoy this inside look into making movies.

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Editorial Reviews

Film Review
...this is the kind of stuff that movie addicts will devour...Crisply edited, this truly has something to fascinate on every page. FOUR STARS
Steven Soderbergh
This book is pure gold from beginning to end. It's an absolute must for any serious filmmaker.
Richard Schickel
These superbly edited interviews put you in intimate touch with some of the film world's most gifted spirits as they tell, in richly anecdotal and often humorous fashion, how they created their most memorable works.
Vol. 37 (2006) American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
Films are national treasures. Getting a glimpse of how they are made is a treat for the film lover. Hopefully, these nominations will continue to provide that.
Spring 2006 Dga Quarterly
...fascinating and insightful...a highly informative and wildly entertaining read.
Vol. 37 (2006) American Reference Books Annual
Films are national treasures. Getting a glimpse of how they are made is a treat for the film lover. Hopefully, these nominations will continue to provide that.
The Hollywood Reporter
Of all the directors here, it is Spielberg who speaks at greatest length and in most detail, and his remarks alone are worth the price of admission....budding auteurs...stand to learn a great deal from the accumulated wisdom in these pages.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810857124
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/25/2006
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 1,455,728
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.92 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeremy Kagan works as a director, writer, and producer in feature films and television. His credits include such films as Heroes, The Chosen, and The Journey of Natty Gann. He won an Emmy in 1996 for directing an episode of the series Chicago Hope. He is a professor at the University of Southern California, has served as the Artistic Director at the Sundance Institute, and is on the National Board of the Directors Guild.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction Part 2 Nominees in Attendance, 1992-2005 Chapter 3 1. "How I Got Here" Chapter 4 2. The Script Chapter 5 3. Preproduction Chapter 6 4. The Cast Chapter 7 5. The Crew Chapter 8 6. Design Chapter 9 7. Rehearsal Chapter 10 8. Production: The Shoot Chapter 11 9. Postproduction: Editing Chapter 12 10. Postproduction: Music and Sound Chapter 13 11. The Best and the Worst Part 14 Appendix A: Biographies Part 15 Appendix B: The Directors Guild of America Nominees and Winners Part 16 Appendix C: Elia Kazan: On What Makes a Director Part 17 Index Part 18 About the Moderator and Editor

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