On Film-Making: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director

On Film-Making: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director

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ISBN-13: 9780571211258
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 08/31/2005
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 177,578
Product dimensions: 6.09(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.98(d)

About the Author

Alexander Mackendrick directed several films, including The Man in the White Suit, which earned him an Oscar Nomination for Screenwriting. He died in 1993.

Paul Cronin is the editor of Herzog on Herzog.

Table of Contents

Part 1Dramatic Construction
The Pre-Verbal Language of Cinema3
What is a Story?9
Modernist Trends27
A Technique for Having Ideas36
Slogans for the Screenwriter's Wall40
Exercises for the Student of Dramatic Construction44
When Not to Write a Shooting Script66
Once Upon a Time...76
Activity versus Action86
Dramatic Irony92
William Archer Revisited97
Plausibility and Willing Suspension of Disbelief111
Density and Subplots in Sweet Smell of Success116
Cutting Dialogue160
The Solomon Exercise165
The Director and the Actor179
Part 2Film Grammar
The Invisible Imaginary Ubiquitous Winged Witness197
How to be Meaningless200
Mental Geography204
Condensing Screen Time209
Drawing Lesson218
Point of View222
The Axis235
Shot-to-Shot Relationships251
Camera Coverage258
Camera Movement272
Citizen Kane280
Note on the editor293

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Basically, you're reading something by a teacher at CalArts, not USC or NYU or UCLA or Chapman, but a straight up arts school. So you get that treatment. The narrative makes no attempt to dull the language, not as if it is a bad thing. Macendrick comes off as an expert as he is, and is infinetely trustworthy. Like he says in the epilogue, you won't really learn anything, its like psychology, just giving names to natural phenonmenon. But what this book is useful for, is realing introducing me (18 years old in high school, interested in making movies) to the craft, the vocabulary, the real basic things, in a way that doesn't make me feel like a child. I FEEL LIKE I AM A STEP AHEAD OF WHERE I SHOULD BE, BECAUSE OF THIS BOOK.