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Film Directing Fundamentals: See Your Film Before Shooting

Film Directing Fundamentals: See Your Film Before Shooting
Author: Nicholas Proferes
ISBN 13: 9780240809403
ISBN 10: 240809408
Edition: 3
Publisher: Focal Press
Publication Date: 2008-07-05
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
List Price: $39.95

“I am amazed by the simplicity with which Professor Proferes explicates complex ideas. Film Directing Fundamentals is valuable not only for film directors, but also for actors and anyone interested in the creation of dramatic art.”
—Andrie Serban, international theatre and opera director, and Professor at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, Theater Division

“Nick Proferes doesn’t tell you how to direct—which would be as silly as telling you what to direct. Instead, he does something much more valuable: he explains how directors actually think their way through the job.”
—James Schamus, Professor at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, Film Division, and Producer/Screenwriter (The Ice Storm and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)

“There are many books on directing, but none in my opinion have the depth and accessibility of Nick Proferes’. This treasure trove of insight and inspiration is a master class from a master teacher that clearly illuminates, step by step, the building blocks necessary to create meaningful cinematic storytelling with dramatic punch.”
—Alex Zamm, Director and Screenwriter (Chairman of the Board, My Date with the President’s Daughter), and former student of the author

“There is a great deal of insight about directing as an intellectually-guided yet intuition- (and emotion) fueled process and it’s presented in ways that should be easily accessible to students.”
—Bruce Sheridan, Chair, Film & Video Department, Columbia College

• Unique, focused approach to film directing that shows how to use the screenplay as a blueprint for rendering the script to the screen
• Running project encourages active approach and brings concepts to life
• Includes case studies featuring famous films

Film Directing Fundamentals gives the novice director an organic methodology for realizing on the screen the full dramatic possibility of a screenplay. Unique among directing books, this book provides clear-cut ways for translating a script to the screen. Using the script as a blueprint, the reader is led through specific techniques to analyze and translate its components into a visual story. A sample screenplay is included that explicates the techniques presented in the book. Film Directing Fundamentals assumes no prior knowledge and thus introduces basic concepts and terminology.