FilmCraft: Directing 1st Edition

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  • Series: Filmcraft
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (June 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 024081858X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240818580
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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By David W. Menefee on October 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
Lights, camera, action!

Those three words have echoed throughout the history of worldwide filmmaking for a century, as directors from the silent era through modern day moviemaking call for their visions to unfold. Directors are the primary forces that drive this collaborative art. Directing by Mike Goodridge focuses on these men and women with a first-rate book that captures them in never-before-seen shooting scripts, diagrams, storyboards, and concept material from his first-hand interviews. The result compiles a spellbinding collection of profiles that will engage readers interested in the art.

The FilmCraft series provides a ground-breaking study of the art of filmmaking--the most collaborative and multidisciplinary of all the arts. Each volume covers a different aspect of moviemaking, offering in-depth interviews with a host of the most distinguished practitioners in the field. Previous titles included PRODUCTION, DESIGN, PRODUCING, and SCREENWRITING. For this next entry in the memorable collection, the series tackles the director, the quarterback behind the scenes.

Author Mike Goodridge is the Editor of Screen International and has been writing about film for more than twenty years. He is an accomplished critic and is a member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the London Film Critics Circle, and FIPRESCI. Alastair Campbell, the series' Publisher, has selected the best author for this installment. Goodridge more than proved his salt as co-author of the first title in the FilmCraft series, Cinematography. Now, Goodridge unveils the next installment that edits into the series a comprehensive panorama of the best men and women directors the film industry has to offer.
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Yet another excellent book from Focal Press's Film Craft series, author Mike Goodridge pools together insightful interviews conducted with some of the world's top directors like Pedro Almodovar ( All About My Mother, Talk To Her ). Olivier Assayas ( Irma Vep, Carlos ), The Dardenne Brothers ( Rosetta, The Child ), Guillermo Del Toro ( Blade II, Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy ), just to name a few.

Listed below are the 16 directors interviewed in the book :

- Pedro Almodóvar
- Olivier Assayas
- Susanne Bier
- Nuri Bilge Ceylan
- Park Chan-wook
- Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne
- Guillermo del Toro
- Clint Eastwood
- Stephen Frears
- Terry Gilliam
- Amos Gitai
- Paul Greengrass
- Michael Haneke
- István Szabó
- Peter Weir
- Zhang Yimou

Also included are short supplements on 5 "legacy" directors, namely Ingmar Bergman, John Ford, Jean-Luc Godard, Alfred Hitchcock and Akira Kurosawa. These are really just short snippets introducing the various directors works in a nutshell - the real juice of the book comes from interviews with the 16 directors listed above.

The interviews are in-depth and really give you great insight into the directors though process - these are greatly complemented by the numerous production and film stills making the reading experience much more enriching. There are more than a dozen films I'm keenly interested to watch/rewatch after reading the book.

Highly recommended, together with the rest of the books from the same filmmaking series.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pietro Torrisi on June 9, 2013
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overall good in conditions and contents, great book for cinema fans along with all the others from the same series
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