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

ISBN-10: 0571211259

ISBN-13: 9780571211258

Edition: 2005

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Description: A priceless examination of the filmmaker's craft, from the renowned director of Sweet Smell of Success After more than twenty years in the film industry as a screenwriter, storyboard editor, and director of memorable films such as "The Ladykillers, Alexander Mackendrick turned his back on Hollywood and began a new career as the Dean of one of the country's most demanding and influential film schools. His absolute devotion to the craft of filmmaking served as a powerful impetus to students at the California Institute for the Arts for almost twenty five years, with a teaching style that included prodigious notes, neatly crafted storyboards, and handouts containing excerpts of works by Kierkegaard, Aristotle, and others. At the core of Mackendrick's lessons lay a deceptively simple goal: to teach aspiring filmmakers how to structure and write the stories they want to tell, while using the devices particular to the medium of film to tell their stories effectively. In this impressive volume, edited by Paul Cronin, the myriad materials that made Mackendrick's reputation as an instructor are collected for the first time, offering a chance for professionals as well as students to discover a methodology of filmmaking that is challenging yet refreshing in its clarity. Meticulously illustrated and drawing on examples from such classic films as "North by Northwest," Citizen Kane, and "Touch of Evil, Mackendrick's elegant lessons are sure to provide inspiration for a new generation of filmmakers.

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Faber & Faber, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/31/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

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.

Foreword
Introduction
Prologue
Dramatic Construction
The Pre-Verbal Language of Cinema
What is a Story?
Exposition
Modernist Trends
A Technique for Having Ideas
Slogans for the Screenwriter's Wall
Exercises for the Student of Dramatic Construction
When Not to Write a Shooting Script
Once Upon a Time...
Activity versus Action
Dramatic Irony
William Archer Revisited
Plausibility and Willing Suspension of Disbelief
Density and Subplots in Sweet Smell of Success
Cutting Dialogue
The Solomon Exercise
The Director and the Actor
Film Grammar
The Invisible Imaginary Ubiquitous Winged Witness
How to be Meaningless
Mental Geography
Condensing Screen Time
Drawing Lesson
Point of View
The Axis
Shot-to-Shot Relationships
Camera Coverage
Camera Movement
Citizen Kane
Epilogue
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