Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics

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Focal Press, 2003 - Performing Arts - 682 pages
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Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics is a comprehensive manual that teaches the essentials of filmmaking from the perspective of the director. Ideal for film production and directing classes, as well as for aspiring and current directors, Directing covers all phases of preproduction and production, from idea development to final cut. Thoroughly covering the basics, Directing guides the reader to professional standards of expression and control, and goes to the heart of what makes a director. The book outlines a great deal of practical work to meet this goal, with projects, exercises.



The third edition emphasizes the connection between knowing and doing, with every principle realizable through projects and exercises. Much has been enhanced and expanded, notably: aspects of dramaturgy; beats and dramatic units; pitching stories and selling one's work; the role of the entrepreneurial producer; and the dangers of embedded moral values. Checklists are loaded with practical recommendations for action, and outcomes assessment tables help the reader honestly gauge his or her progress. Entirely new chapters present: preproduction procedures; production design; script breakdown; procedures and etiquette on the set; shooting location sound; continuity; and working with a composer. The entire book is revised to capitalize on the advantages offered by the revolutionary shift to digital filmmaking.

*Comprehensive manual that dissolves the barriers between the aesthetic, conceptual, and technical

*Completely updated to reflect the revolutionary shift to digital filmmaking

*Practical exercises throughout along with detailed outcomes assessments to judge progress

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User Review  - Marcus - Goodreads

The book is empowering. It allows anyone with no knowledge at all to learn moviemaking basics, with some good exercises in the DIY style. And above all, in its end there are great references, so one can learn him or herself, like continuing studies through shot by shot, or other classics. Read full review

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User Review  - Jim - Goodreads

A good read for anyone seriously considering working as a filmmaker, scriptwriter, or director. He presents several thought-provoking ideas to ponder as you begin your careeer. Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Michael Rabiger has directed or edited over 35 films, founded the Documentary Center at Columbia College, Chicago, and was Chair of its Film/Video Department. Now Professor Emeritus, Rabiger has also been presented with the Preservation and Scholarship Award by the International Documentary Association. He has given workshops in many countries, led a multinational European documentary workshop for CILECT, the international association of film schools. As Visiting Professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, he taught idea development, directing, and advanced production.When he retired 2001 to write full-time, Columbia renamed its documentary center "The Michael Rabiger Center for Documentary.” In 2002 he was made Honorary Professor at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina; in 2003 awarded the 2003 Preservation and Scholarship Award by the International Documentary Association in Los Angeles; in 2005 the Genius Career Achievement Award by the Chicago International Documentary Festival, and also in 2005 was made Professor Emeritus by Columbia College Chicago.He is the author of the enormously successful, Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics(Focal Press), now in its fourth edition, and Directing the Documentary(Focal Press), now in its fifth edition. He is also the author of Developing Story Ideas(Focal Press), currently in its second edition. He is currently writing a biography of Thomas Hardy.

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