Live Cinema and Its Techniques

Live Cinema and Its Techniques

by Francis Ford Coppola


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Live Cinema and Its Techniques by Francis Ford Coppola

From a master of cinema comes this “gold mine of a book . . . a rocket ride to the potential future” of filmmaking (Walter Murch).
Celebrated as an “exhilarating account” of a revolutionary new medium (Booklist), Francis Ford Coppola’s indispensable guide to live cinema is a boon for moviegoers, film students, and teachers alike. As digital movie-making, like live sports, can now be performed by one director—or by a collaborative team online— it is only a matter of time before cinema auteurs will create “live” movies to be broadcast instantly in faraway theaters. “Peppered with brilliant personal observations” (Wendy Doniger), Live Cinema and Its Techniques offers a behind-the-scenes look at a consummate career: from Coppola’s formative boyhood obsession with live 1950s television shows and later attempts to imitate the spontaneity of live performance on set, the book usefully includes a guide to presenting state-of-the-art techniques on everything from rehearsals to equipment. A testament to Coppola’s prodigious enthusiasm for reinvigorating the form, Live Cinema is an indispensable guide that “reenergizes . . . the search for a new way of storytelling” (William Friedkin).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631494543
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 07/10/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 344,262
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Francis Ford Coppola, the Academy Award–winning director of The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, is creating a four-part "live cinema" movie based on his own family’s multigenerational history. He lives in San Francisco.

Table of Contents

Preface: Why This Book xi

Personal Introduction 1

1 Proof-of-Concept Workshops 5

2 A Short History of Film and Television 18

3 The Actors, Acting, and Rehearsal 33

4 Equipment and Technical Specifications 43

5 Scenery and Location 48

6 The Shame of Things to Come: Madison, Wisconsin 63

7 One from the Heart: Its Lessons 69

8 Rip Van Winkle 78

9 The Question of Style in the Cinema 81

10 The Stumble-Throughs, Technical Rehearsals, and Dress Rehearsals 92

11 Marks and Other Smaller Unresolved Problems 98

12 Obstacles and Other Thoughts on Live Cinema No Matter What They May Be 103

13 Equipment-Now and in the Near Future 106

Afterword Why Am I Doing This? 115

Appendix Journal Notes During OCCC Live Cinema Production: May/June 2015 121

Glossary 159

Credits of the Live Broadcasts 165

Acknowledgments 191

Index 193

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