Film Directing Fundamentals See Your Film Before Shooting

ISBN-10: 0240809408

ISBN-13: 9780240809403

Edition: 3rd 2008 (Revised)

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Film Directing Fundamentals gives the novice director an organic methodology for realizing on the screen the full dramatic possibility of a screenplay. Unique among directing books, this book provides clear-cut ways to translate a script to the screen. Using the script as a blueprint, the reader is led through specific techniques to analyze and translate its components into a visual story. A sample screenplay is included that explicates the techniques. The book assumes no knowledge and thus introduces basic concepts and terminology. Appropriate for screenwriters, aspiring directors and filmmakers, Film Directing Fundamentals helps filmmakers bring their story to life on screen. * Unique, focused approach to film directing that shows how to use the screenplay as a blueprint for rendering the script to the screen * Features new sections on Organizing Action in an Action Scene, and Organizing Action in a Narrative Scene, to complement the first two editions emphasis on Dramatic Scenes * Written by an author with 25+ years experience teaching directing and who has worked extensively in the film industry as a director, cameraman, editor, and producer in both documentary and dramatic/narrative films
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Book details

List price: $44.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 7/3/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 7.50" wide x 10.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.606

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Film Language and a Directing Methodology
Introduction to Film Language and Grammar
The Film World
Film Language
Shots
Film Grammar
The 180-Degree Rule
The 30-Degree Rule
Screen Direction
Film-Time
Compression
Elaboration
Familiar Image
Introduction to the Dramatic Elements Embedded in the Screenplay
Spines
Whose Film Is It?
Character
Circumstance
Dynamic Relationship
Wants
Expectations
Actions
Activity
Acting Beats
Dramatic Blocks
Narrative Beats
Fulcrum
Organizing Action in a Dramatic Scene
Dramatic Elements in Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious Patio Scene
Notorious Patio Scene Annotated
Staging
Patterns of Dramatic Movement
Changing the Stage within a Scene
Staging as Part of a Film's Design
Working with a Location Floor Plan
Floor Plan for Notorious Patio Scene
Camera
The Camera as Narrator
Reveal
Entrances
Objective Camera
Subjective Camera
Where Do I Put It?
Visual Design
Style
Coverage
Camera Height
Lenses
Composition
Where to Begin?
Working toward Specificity in Visualization
Looking for Order
Dramatic Blocks and Camera
Shot Lists, Storyboards, and Setups
The Prose Storyboard
Camera in Notorious Patio Scene
First Dramatic Block
Second Dramatic Block
Third Dramatic Block
Fourth Dramatic Block and Fulcrum
Fifth Dramatic Block
Making Your Film
Detective Work on Scripts
Reading Your Screenplay
A Piece of Apple Pie Screenplay
Whose Film Is It?
Character
Circumstance
Spines for A Piece of Apple Pie
Dynamic Relationships
Wants
Actions
Acting Beats
Activity
Tone for A Piece of Apple Pie
Breaking A Piece of Apple Pie into Actions
Designing a Scene
Visualization
Identifying the Fulcrum and Dramatic Blocks
Supplying Narrative Beats to A Piece of Apple Pie
Director's Notebook
Staging and Camera for A Piece of Apple Pie
Staging
Camera
Conclusion
Marking Shooting Script with Camera Setups
Working with Actors
Casting
Auditions
First Read-Through
Directing During Rehearsals
Directing Actors on the Set
Managerial Responsibilities of the Director
Delegating Authority While Accepting Responsibility
The Producer
The Assistant Director
A Realistic Shooting Schedule
Working with the Crew
Working with the Director of Photography
Postproduction
Editing
Music and Sound
Locking Picture, or, How Do You Know When It's Over?
An Audience and a Big Screen
Organizing Action in an Action Scene
Staging and Camera for Over Easy Action Scene
Development of Screenplay
Director's Preparation for Directing an Action Scene
Where to Begin?
Over Easy Action Scene/Staging and Camera Angels for Storyboard Artist
Organizing Action in a Narrative Scene
Staging and Camera for Wanda Narrative Scene
What Is the Scene's Job?
Choosing a Location
Staging
Camera Style in Wanda
Learning the Craft Through Film Analysis
Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious
Overview of Style and Design
First Act
Second Act
Third Act
Summary
Peter Weir's The Truman Show
Overview of Style and Design
First Act
Second Act
Third Act
Summary
Federico Fellini's 8 1/2
A Masterpiece?
The Director as Auteur
Dramatic Construction
Overview of Style and Design
Detective Work
First Act
Second Act
Third Act
Summary
Styles And Dramatic Structures
Style
Narrative, Dramatic, and Poetic Visual Styles
The Variety of Dramatic Structures
Tokyo Story, Yasujiro Ozu (1953, Japan)
Some Like It Hot, Billy Wilder (1959)
The Battle of Algiers, Gillo Pontecorvo (1965, France)
Red, Krzysztof Kieslowski (1994, Poland, France, Switzerland)
Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Steven Soderbergh (1989)
Shall We Dance?, Masayuki Suo (1996, Japan)
The Celebration, Thomas Vinterberg (1998, Denmark)
The Insider, Michael Mann (1999)
The Thin Red Line, Terrence Malick (1998)
In the Mood for Love, Kar Wai Wong (2001, China)
Little Children, Todd Field (2006)
What Next?
Building Directorial Muscles
Writing for the Director
Begin Thinking about Your Story
Concocting Your Feature Screenplay
"Writing" Scenes with Actors
Shooting Your Film before You Finish Writing It
The Final Script
Shooting without a Screenplay?
Questions Directors Should Ask about Their Screenplays
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
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