John Badham on Directing Notes from the Set of Saturday Night Fever, War Games, and More

ISBN-10: 1615931384
ISBN-13: 9781615931385
Edition: 2013
Authors: John Badham
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Description: Veteran director John Badham explains the elements of action and suspense and dissects the essentials of any good scene from any genre. Badham’s list of “12 Questions You Must Ask Before Stepping On Set” is an absolute must in any filmmaker’s  More...

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List price: $44.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions
Publication date: 10/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Veteran director John Badham explains the elements of action and suspense and dissects the essentials of any good scene from any genre. Badham’s list of “12 Questions You Must Ask Before Stepping On Set” is an absolute must in any filmmaker’s toolbox. Whether actor, director, cinematographer, production designer, or any other creative, Badham gives you the tools to deconstruct and solve scenes that either don’t work or need sharpening. Continuing the work begun in his best-selling book I’ll Be In My Trailer, Badham shares more insights into working with difficult actors, rehearsal techniques, and getting the best performance from your cast.

Contributors
Using This Book
A Lack of Trust: The Five Mistakes
Introduction: A Nasty Bit of Laundry
Mistake #1: Directed by Anonymous
Get 'Em While You've Got 'Em, Before You Get "Em
Homework… Do It
They're On Board
On the Day
Failure Is OK
Summary
Mistake #2: Know-It-Alls Rule
Summary
Mistake #3: Filibusterers
Summary
Mistake #4: Too Many Notes
Cut and Validate
How Not to Watch a Take
Privacy Please
Technology Sidebar
Keep Them in the Loop
The Bull in the Arena
Make It Fun
One at a Time
Don't Let Things Slide
Make It Their Problem
Summary
Mistake #5: Enamel Grinders
Tales from the Trenches
Summary
Action and Suspense: The Five Strategies
Strategy #1: Not Just a Pretty Chase
What Is Action?
African Action
Directing Actors in Action
Summary
Strategy #2: Who, Where, and When
Point of View
ID and Locate
Orientation
Jeopardy
Countdown
Summary
Strategy #3: Quick Techniques and Safety
Pointless Masters
Few Actions
Exception
Observe the Three-Take Rule
Overlap Actions
Scissor Time
Not That Fast
Change-Up
No Immutable Rules
Booby Traps
Summary
Strategy #4: See It Before You Shoot It
Storyboarding
What's the Point?
Dialogue Scenes
Overdrawing
Losing the Flow
Slaves to the Boards
Can't Afford No Stinkin' Storyboards?
Coverage
Summary
Strategy #5: Mystery, Surprise, Suspense
Mild Conflict, Mild Interest
They're Coming! Get Out!
Setups, Builds, and Switches
Another Cat Skinner
Mystery vs. Surprise vs. Suspense
Summary
Preparing the Scene: The Director's Checklist
Before Rehearsal?
The Checklist
The Scene Related to the Film
What happened before this scene?
What does it add?
What's different at the end?
Summary
Architecture of the Scene
Whose point of view?
Where are the beats?
Physicalizing
Characters Think Ahead
Use the Camera to Show a Character's Thought Process
Where is the Tipping Point?
Summary
Characters Enter the Scene
What do they want?
We Always Have a Goal
No Goal, No Acting
Every Character Has His or Her Own Goal
One Beat, One Goal
What do they expect?
What's at stake for each character?
Summary
Interacting Characters
What's stopping them?
How do they get what they want?
Only Verbs… Active Verbs!
How does a character regard the other?
Summary
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Further Reading
Photo Credits
About the Author
Index

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