Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics

Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics

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Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics by Michael Rabiger, Mick Hurbis-Cherrier

Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics is a comprehensive manual that teaches the essentials of filmmaking from the perspective of the director. Ideal for film production and directing classes, as well as for aspiring and current directors, Directing covers all phases of preproduction and production, from idea development to final cut. Thoroughly covering the basics, Directing guides the reader to professional standards of expression and control, and goes to the heart of what makes a director. The book outlines a great deal of practical work to meet this goal, with projects, exercises.

The third edition emphasizes the connection between knowing and doing, with every principle realizable through projects and exercises. Much has been enhanced and expanded, notably: aspects of dramaturgy; beats and dramatic units; pitching stories and selling one's work; the role of the entrepreneurial producer; and the dangers of embedded moral values. Checklists are loaded with practical recommendations for action, and outcomes assessment tables help the reader honestly gauge his or her progress. Entirely new chapters present: preproduction procedures; production design; script breakdown; procedures and etiquette on the set; shooting location sound; continuity; and working with a composer. The entire book is revised to capitalize on the advantages offered by the revolutionary shift to digital filmmaking.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781135099206
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 02/11/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 532
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

Michael Rabiger has directed or edited over 35 films, was Chair of the Film/Video Department at Columbia College Chicago, and has given workshops in many countries. He is the author of Developing Story Ideas (Focal Press), and the enormously successful Directing the Documentary (Focal Press), now in its fifth edition.

Mick Hurbis-Cherrier teaches filmmaking at Hunter College in New York City. Professionally, he has worked as a screenwriter, director, cinematographer, and editor and his films have garnered prizes at numerous festivals. He is the author of Voice & Vision: A Creative Approach to Narrative Film and DV Production, in its second edition (Focal Press).

Table of Contents

The world of the film director
Developing your path as a director
Essential elements of drama
Shaping the story into drama
Plot, time, and structure
Screenplay ground rules
Recognizing the superior screenplay
Script analysis and development
Cinematic point of view
Form and style
Tone: naturalistic and stylized approaches
Film language
The frame and the shot
The moving camera
Language of the edit
The human vantage of cinemativ language
Exploring the script
Acting fundamentals
Directing actors
Acting exercises
Planning the visual design
Coverage and the shooting script
Line producing and logistics
Developing a production crew
The director and production crew
On set: production begins
Directing on the set
Monitoring continuity and progress
Postproduction overview
Editing begins: getting to know the footage
The rough cuts
Getting to fine cut and picture lock
Working with music
The sound mix
The finishing touches

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