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101 Things I Learned in Film School Hardcover – May 20, 2010
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Some aspects of movie making the author touches on:
* The stages of film-making -- from pre-production to post-production.
* The nuts and bolts of screenplays -- have you ever wondered how to format a screenplay or how long it should be? (hint: 1 screenplay page = 1 minute of screen time)
* Writing and editing the screenplay -- it includes some of the standard gems cherished by us writing teachers, like "show, don't tell," plus tips for plotting, advice on developing a compelling protagonist, and more.
* Coming up with an effective movie title.
* Creating believable dialogue.
* How to pitch a screenplay to a film studio executive.
* How to use lighting and various camera lenses and angles to tell your story and reveal important things about a character's psychology.
* Tips for casting.
* Things the audience should experience during a movie, like catharsis.
This is a concise, intriguing overview of the art of film making, strewn with quotes from movie makers, actors, and writers, that I'll be keeping on a side table in my T.V.Read more ›
As a professor of creative writing, I will now use 101 Things I Learned in Film School in all my film/screenwriting classes. Additionally, as the Director of both the Chicago Writers' Workshop and the Los Angeles Writers' Workshop, I am implementing this book into all of our screenwriting and film classes! Forget about spending thousands of dollars on film school when this book can give you so much at a fraction of the cost--expert advice from a master who knows Hollywood and his craft, Neil Landau. I highly recommend 101 Things I Learned in Film School!
I'm sure a book like 101 THINGS I LEARNED IN FILM SCHOOL is a book they would suggest. The book touches on all the basic aspects of film-making, from pre-production to post. It explains how to write a screenplay, how to edit a screenplay, and how to pitch a screenplay. It gives tips about lightening and sound and how different camera lenses and angles affect the way a story is told on film. The book also provides some suggestions for casting and what an audience should experience after watching a good movie, no matter the genre. Interlaced throughout are a handful of quotations from famous filmmakers and screenwriters.
101 THINGS I LEARNED IN FILM SCHOOL is an easy-to-read book that is concise and to the point. I had already learned some of these tips from previous experience and other books I've read. Still, I learned some new things (such as how different lenses can tell different stories) and the book was an enjoyable read for me.
I recommend this book for anyone who is interested in film, but doesn't have a great deal of experience working in the medium. I also recommend this book for anyone who want to write because many of the 101 things are just as applicable to the process of writing as they are to the process of making a movie. Also, because of the concise nature of the book, it also makes a good reference guide for those who already have previous film experience.
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Useful book with a lot of information you wouldn't think is useful at first.Published 7 days ago by Hunter
It is in great conditions, very useful tips for filmmaking and directing, 100% recommendedPublished 16 days ago by stiuv3
Great book! Fun to read and very informational with fun illustrations.Published 1 month ago by Fae Willow
For the novice or seasoned screenwriter, this book succinctly shares the golden rules of the craft from an amazing teacher and writer, Neil Landau. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cyndee Jill Mady
Very informative and entertaining. Definitely worth purchasing.Published 6 months ago by Kristin Pennington
Fun and easy way to learn some slang from the "movie" world. Thumb's up!Published 7 months ago by Natalia Borisenko
Extremely fast shipping, exactly the book I need for my lightening class, for school! A†Published 7 months ago by Kam