The Director's Idea: The Path to Great Directing [NOOK Book]

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As a director, you must have a concept, a "director's idea", to shape your approach to the actors, the camera, and the script. With this clear idea your film will be deeper and more effective, and you will be able to differentiate--and therefore make the choice--between competent directing and great directing. Using case studies of famous directors as real-world examples of "director's ideas", the author has provided the theory and the practice to help directors immediately ...
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Overview

As a director, you must have a concept, a "director's idea", to shape your approach to the actors, the camera, and the script. With this clear idea your film will be deeper and more effective, and you will be able to differentiate--and therefore make the choice--between competent directing and great directing. Using case studies of famous directors as real-world examples of "director's ideas", the author has provided the theory and the practice to help directors immediately improve their work.

As a director, you must have a concept, a "director's idea", to shape your approach to the actors, the camera, and the script. With this clear idea your film will be deeper and more effective, and you will be able to differentiate--and therefore make the choice--between competent directing and great directing. Using case studies of famous directors as real-world examples of "director's ideas", the author has provided the theory and the practice to help directors immediately improve their work.

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"The Director's Idea explains in precise language how cinematography influences every aspect of story-telling and character portrayal in a film—it will certainly help young directors understand the importance of making critical choices along the way. It is especially useful to talk about camerawork in the context of a book about directing—linking the technical and creative aspects is the key to great film-making."
—Michael Ballhaus, Cinematographer, THE GANGS OF NEW YORK and WORKING GIRL

"Ken Dancyger interprets my films accurately, intelligently, but most importantly for me, with a great deal of heart. He allows himself to be gripped by a character, to be moved by a powerful performance, and that is why he so clearly understands the priority of emotion in my films, that the personal journey defines the political story, and not the other way around. The beauty of Dancyger's book about directing is that he writes simultaneously as an impressive intellectual and as a lover of cinema. That is rare and refreshing"
—Margarethe Von Trotta, Director, ROSENSTRASSE and MARIANNE AND JULIANNE

"This book takes a scholarly look at moviemaking...but creates a keen appreciation of the art as a result." - What Digital Camcorder

"The idea behind the book is that each director's unique vision begins with an idea, a unifying principle that will carry through every decision in all of his or her films." - Back Stage West, June 22, 2006

"This book is a compendium of information about directing and what makes a good (or great) director. What kept us reading was the author's use of well-known films and directors to illustrate and complement the concepts he presents in the book." -Camcorder & Computer Video
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136068775
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/20/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 1,309,519
  • File size: 967 KB

Meet the Author

Ken Dancyger is the author of numerous books on screenwriting, editing, and production. He conducts screenwriting forums and workshops in North America, Europe, and Asia. A past chair of Undergraduate studies in the Department of Film and Television at NYU, he is currently Professor of Film and Television at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 2
Ch. 2 The director's idea 12
Ch. 3 The competent director 24
Ch. 4 The good director 40
Ch. 5 The great director 54
Ch. 6 Text interpretation 72
Ch. 7 The camera 86
Ch. 8 The actor 104
Ch. 9 Sergei Eisenstein : the historical dialectic 122
Ch. 10 John Ford : poetry and heroism 134
Ch. 11 George Stevens : the American character - desire and conscience 148
Ch. 12 Billy Wilder : existence at stake 162
Ch. 13 Ernst Lubitsch : the life force of romance 174
Ch. 14 Elia Kazan : drama as life 188
Ch. 15 Francois Truffaut : celebrate the child 204
Ch. 16 Roman Polanski : the aloneness of existence 218
Ch. 17 Stanley Kubrick : the darkness of modern life 232
Ch. 18 Steven Spielberg : childhood forever 246
Ch. 19 Margarethe Von Trotta : historical life and personal life intersect 260
Ch. 20 Lukas Moodysson : empathy and its limits 274
Ch. 21 Catherine Breillat : the warfare of sexuality 288
Ch. 22 Mary Harron : celebrity and banality 300
Ch. 23 Conclusion 316
App Finding the director's idea 330
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