On Film-making: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director
Macmillan, Aug 31, 2005 - Performing Arts - 291 pages
A priceless examination of the filmmaker's craft, from the renowned director of Sweet Smell of Success
After more than twenty years in the film industry as a screenwriter, storyboard editor, and director of memorable films such as The Ladykillers, Alexander Mackendrick turned his back on Hollywood and began a new career as the Dean of one of the country's most demanding and influential film schools. His absolute devotion to the craft of filmmaking served as a powerful impetus to students at the California Institute for the Arts for almost twenty five years, with a teaching style that included prodigious notes, neatly crafted storyboards, and handouts containing excerpts of works by Kierkegaard, Aristotle, and others. At the core of Mackendrick's lessons lay a deceptively simple goal: to teach aspiring filmmakers how to structure and write the stories they want to tell, while using the devices particular to the medium of film to tell their stories effectively.
In this impressive volume, edited by Paul Cronin, the myriad materials that made Mackendrick's reputation as an instructor are collected for the first time, offering a chance for professionals as well as students to discover a methodology of filmmaking that is challenging yet refreshing in its clarity. Meticulously illustrated and drawing on examples from such classic films as North by Northwest, Citizen Kane, and Touch of Evil, Mackendrick's elegant lessons are sure to provide inspiration for a new generation of filmmakers.
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Review: On Filmmaking: An Introduction to the Craft of the DirectorUser Review - Courtney LeMay - Goodreads
While certainly an interesting read overall, at times the methods of writing or organization used in this book — a book whose subject centered around being concise and well-organized — seemed to ... Read full review
Review: On Filmmaking: An Introduction to the Craft of the DirectorUser Review - Matthew Siemers - Goodreads
Mackendrick has some very specific ideas about directing, which don't work for everyone, but this is a great resource for filmmakers. Lots of good ideas and insights. Read full review
The PreVerbal Language of Cinema
What Is a Story?
A Technique for Having Ideas
Exercises for the Student of Dramatic
When Not to Write a Shooting Script
Once Upon a Time
Activity Versus Action
The Director and the Actor
The Invisible Imaginary Ubiquitous
Plausibility and Willing Suspension