Total Directing: Integrating Camera and Performance in Film and Television

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TOTAL DIRECTING is the first book to fully integrate the technical aspects of screen directing with practical methods for directing actors, deeply and carefully exploring how these two primary aspects of the director's craft work together.

Viewed from a perspective that seeks a balance successful work with actors and technically high-level production values, the complete directing process is discussed in detail from the start of script ...
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Overview

TOTAL DIRECTING is the first book to fully integrate the technical aspects of screen directing with practical methods for directing actors, deeply and carefully exploring how these two primary aspects of the director's craft work together.

Viewed from a perspective that seeks a balance successful work with actors and technically high-level production values, the complete directing process is discussed in detail from the start of script development through the delivery of a finished project covering every aspect of preparation and decision-making with solid background information, practical suggestions, and clear illustrations. Topics include:

project development
screenplay analysis
choosing and working with a production team
auditioning and casting
script preparation
using the language of acting
working with a set
understanding screen acting styles
conducting a rehearsal
blocking camera and actor moves
using improvisation
working with storyboards
the Hollywood continuity style
choosing camera shots and lighting
multi-camera directing
preparing for each day's shoot
editing and working with editors & much more.
 

About the Author

Tom Kingdom, a freelance director from 1982 through 1996, has worked on several Masterpiece Theatre productions, numerous documentaries and children's programs, and more than two hundred episodic dramas (including EASTENDERS). He has also worked as First Assistant/Production Manager for John Schlesinger, Roland Jaffe, Alan Clark, and many other distinguished directors. He has lectured at schools and universities in England and American and is currently an Associate Professor at Emerson College, Boston.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781879505711
  • Publisher: Silman-James Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 561
  • Sales rank: 936,675
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.92 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Preproduction 1
1 Director and script 3
2 Research and vision 16
3 The director's team and controlling the budget 28
4 Casting 35
Pt. 2 Preparing the script for rehearsal 49
5 Basic structures 51
6 Connecting with characters 50
7 Blocking and beats 70
8 Putting together beats, objectives, actions, and transitions 82
Pt. 3 Toward the first rehearsal 93
9 Working with set and location plans 95
10 Finding the characters' opening positions 101
11 Movement 108
12 Blocking actors to camera 120
13 Marking the rehearsal script (part 1) 133
14 Marking the rehearsal script (part 2) 138
15 Improvisation 149
16 Gauging a performance 159
17 Conducting the first rehearsal 167
Pt. 4 Some principles of shooting 175
18 The Hollywood continuity style 177
19 Framing and lenses 193
20 Audio 207
21 An introduction to continuity 218
22 The 180-degree rule 227
23 Visualization & formats 246
24 Styles of shooting 254
25 Marking up a shooting script 267
26 Shooting different scenes 284
Pt. 5 Production 299
27 Personnel management and rehearsing actors on the set 301
28 The eyes 313
29 Continuity continued 331
30 Directing a shot 347
31 Choosing film versus video 357
Pt. 6 Postproduction 361
32 The structure of the edit 363
33 Working with the editor 372
34 Making edits 383
35 The sound edit 391
36 Music 403
Pt. 7 A brief history of American screen acting 413
37 The Russian connection 415
38 Silent film acting 427
39 The legacy of the Russians 436
Pt. 8 Multi-camera production 447
40 The studio 449
41 Multi-camera studio technique 455
42 The studio script 464
Pt. 9 The director's life 475
43 Three directors 477
44 Getting started in the industry : interviews with directors 488
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2007

    Very Helpful

    The book clearly explains a director's responsibilities. At first, I thought a director just operated the camera while the actors performed. I now realize the director does more. Included is very helpful advice on framing, established rules of film, and information about other positions. Interested in becoming a director, I believe I have learned enough to create a decent movie. It is great for students just beginning to learn about the world of moviemaking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2006

    A good, hands on book

    I have worked the business (as a DP) for 20 yrs. I found good stuff in here, good explanations, and little tips that are really helpful. If you are just starting out I would think this is a really good introduction to mid level book. He knows his stuff!

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