How Movies Work

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University of California Press, Jan 1, 1987 - Performing Arts - 574 pages
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How Movies Work, offers the filmgoer an engaging and informative guide to the appreciation and evaluation of films. It provides a comprehensive consideration of movies from idea to script, casting, financing, shooting and distribution. Bruce Kawin addresses the book not just to students of film but to any filmgoer curious to know more about the process of the conception and creation of our favorite entertainment and art form.
  

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User Review  - Skidmarquez - Goodreads

So I selected this book based on faculty input on an introduction to film studies course. While I think that is has very simple and clear examples, language, and the reading lengths were just right I ... Read full review

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User Review  - George - Goodreads

If you want to ddeepen your appreciation of movies, go beyond being a passive viewer, and have the backstory of how movies come about, this book and Kawin's Short History of the Movies are the place to go. Read full review

Contents

PARTI
1
Critical Approaches to Film Appreciation
41
Film As a Language
54
59
79
PARTI
102
FROM SHOT TO SEQUENCE
119
Film
127
Camera Equipment
140
The Legal Department
321
Preproduction
327
Production Design
333
Costumes
351
Testing
361
Postproduction
410
Film Editing
435
Music
447

Lights
148
The Frame
157
HackandWhlte and Color
178
Color
184
The Scene
243
The Twitching Hands
253
THE HIM ARTIST AND THE MOVE BUSINESS
288
Development
302
Agents and Story Editors
311
Conclusion
519
For Further Reading
523
A Note to the Instructor
531
A Note to the Instructor
532
Glossary of Key Terms
539
Index
559
182
561
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About the author (1987)

Bruce Kawin is Professor of English and Film Studies, University of Colorado, and author of Mindscreen: Bergman, Godard, and First-Person Films and editor of Faulkner's MGM Screenplays.

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