All about the Movies: A Handbook for the Movie-loving Layman

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Scarecrow Press, 2000 - Performing Arts - 116 pages
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Movies are a passion shared by people of all ages and backgrounds. Maurice Rapf, the first director of the Film Studies Program at Dartmouth College, recognizes that most people who profess a love of the movies have not spent much time learning about them. He has written this text as an attempt to fill in some of the information that movie-lovers should have but usually don't. The information contained in the book has been gleaned from courses that he has taught at Dartmouth over the past thirty years. From 30 years of experience, Rapf assembles the essential information every movie lover should know. It begins with a brief history, followed by a description of the movie-making process, broken down into five components literary, administrative, shooting, editing and post-production, and marketing. Drawing from his own experience as a magazine film critic, Rapf then outlines how critics work and how studios woo their favor. He also touches on some of the forms movies have taken as animation, documentary, avant-garde, and as promotion and education. Not to be read as an all-inclusive guide, this work can be seen instead as a launching-point for a deeper appreciation of the movies.
 

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Contents

A Brief History of the Movies
1
Getting Started
9
Story Material
13
About Screenplays
21
About Shooting the Movie
35
Editing and Postproduction
43
Marketing
49
On Criticism
55
Nonfiction
69
Television
83
The AvantGarde
93
The Future
99
Suggested Readings
101
Index
103
About the Author
115
Copyright

About Animation
61

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Maurice Rapf was the Director Emeritus Film Studies and professor at Dartmouth College. He began at Dartmouth as an adjunct professor in 1966. In his long career, Maurice Rapf was a screenwriter, director, producer, film professor, and film critic.

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