My First Movie

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Faber, 2000 - Motion picture producers and directors - 360 pages
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In these vivid and revealing interviews, directors such as the Coen brothers, Ang Lee, Anthony Minghella and Neil Jordan recall the making of their 'first films'. Each chapter focuses on a celebrated debut - from Blood Simple to Muriel's Wedding, Clerks to Angel - and explores its production from the inside. Along the way, every aspect of the movie industry is explored - from first encounters with agents and moguls, to languishing in development hell, to confronting the dreaded 'test audience'. Lowenstein, himself a writer-director on the verge of his first feature, encourages his subjects to relive the pain and elation, the comedy and the tragedy, of their freshman efforts. For aspirant directors, these tales of sleepless nights and nail-biting days will enthral and terrify in equal measure. For everyone else, they offer a privileged glimpse of famous directors taking their first tentative steps.

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Review: My First Movie: Twenty Celebrated Directors Talk about Their First Film

User Review  - Daniel - Goodreads

Very inspirational if you have any interest in film-making. 20 men and women (most of them well known) talk about their first film, all of them coming from very different places in life. Some were ... Read full review

Review: My First Movie: Twenty Celebrated Directors Talk about Their First Film

User Review  - Belal Khan - Goodreads

if you ever wanted to are actually are making a movie, these folks' stories are sure to inspire you and perhaps put your head in in the right space. Read full review

About the author (2000)

Stephen Lowenstein has worked on British television documentaries for Channel 4, ITV, & the BBC. He is the writer/director of two critically acclaimed short films & is currently at work on several feature-length projects. He lives in London.

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