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The Art of Filmmaking


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  • Actors: Shane Black, John Carpenter, James Cameron, Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg
  • Directors: Peter Hanson, Pepita Ferrari, Carl-Gustaf Nykvist, Marc Mauceri
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: October 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 574 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B005CQW9R4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,651 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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FIRST RUN FEATURES presents

Five Revealing Documentaries about
The Art of Filmmaking

Included are:

Tales from the Script

Screenwriters ranging from newcomers to living legends share their triumphs and hardships in this probing, insightful, and often hilarious odyssey through the world of movie storytelling. By analyzing their triumphs and recalling their failures, the participants explain how successful writers develop the skills necessary for toughing out careers in Hollywood.

FEATURING: Shane Black (Lethal Weapon), John Carpenter (Halloween), Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption), William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), David Hayter (X-Men), Bruce Joel Rubin (Ghost), Paul Schrader (Raging Bull & Taxi Driver), Ron Shelton (Bull Durham), David S. Ward (The Sting) and many more.

Directors: Life Behind the Camera

Made in cooperation with the American Film Institute, Directors: Life Behind the Camera features thirty-three legendary directors who reveal intimate and in-depth knowledge about the art of filmmaking and, as well, their own career in the movies. Culled from over 300 hours of interviews, this two-disc, four hour presentation is interactive, allowing instant access to a single director, or access to an entire topic involving all directors.

FEATURING: Robert Altman, Robert Benton, Tim Burton, James Cameron, Chris Columbus, Wes Craven, Cameron Crowe, Frank Darabont, Jonathan Demme, Richard Donner, Clint Eastwood, Nora Ephron, William Friedkin, Terry Gilliam, Ron Howard, Lawrence Kasdan, Spike Lee, Barry Levinson, George Lucas, David Lynch, Adrian Lyne, Garry Marshall, Penny Marshall, Sydney Pollack, Rob Reiner, Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Bryan Singer, Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone, Robert Zemeckis & David Zucker

Light Keeps Me Company

Twice an Oscar Winner and considered one of the foremost cinematographers in the history of film, Sven Nykvist was best known for his work with Ingmar Bergman, with whom he created some of the most important films of modern cinema.

Lovingly directed by his son Carl-Gustaf, Light Keeps Me Company includes film clips, rare home movies, family photographs, behind-the-scenes footage, and interviews with some of the legends who worked with him, including Ingmar Bergman, Roman Polanski, Woody Allen, Liv Ullman, Susan Sarandon, and others.

Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary

From cinema-vérité pioneers Albert Maysles and Joan Churchill to maverick moviemakers like Errol Morris, Werner Herzog and Nick Broomfield, the world's best documentarians reflect upon the unique power of their genre in this comprehensive and eye-opening film.

Featuring interviews with 38 directors and film clips from classics such as Grey Gardens and The Thin Blue Line, as well as recent work like Darwin's Nightmare and Touching the Void, Capturing Reality explores the complex creative process that goes into making non-fiction films.

Lavender Limelight: Lesbians in Film

From Go Fish to Paris is Burning, this festival favorite goes behind the scenes to reveal seven successful lesbian directors. These talented movie-makers enlighten and entertain as they explore their sexual identity, growing up gay, inspirations and techniques, Hollywood vs. Indie, and of course, love and sex, onscreen and off.

Featuring Cheryl Dunye, Rose Troche, Jennie Livingston, Monika Treut, Maria Maggenti, Su Friedrich and Heather MacDonald.

Review

"Compulsory viewing for any aspiring screenwriters." [Tales from the Script] --Leal Lowenstein, Variety & KPCC-FM (Los Angeles National Public Radio)

"A great new movie...a guide to docs you will absolutely want to check out!" [Capturing Reality] --The Montreal Gazette

"This award-winning documentary provides wonderful insight into the inspirations, aspirations and major aesthetic and content-based concerns of seven groundbreaking lesbian filmmakers. Featuring interviews as well as carefully chosen clips from each of its subjects' films, Lavender Limelight is an outstanding introduction to the work of our finest queer auteurs. A must-have for the lesbian cinephile." [Lavender Limelight] --Candace Moore, Curve Magazine

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Being an avid film enthusiast, I was very excited by the prospect of "The Art of Filmmaking" which is really just a compilation of five previously released DVDs. As I had not actually seen any of the films, this was an ideal way to feed my insatiable interest in both the commercial and artistic aspects of the industry and the craft. I'm not sure thematically that all of the films necessarily coalesce into one cohesive collection, but that doesn't make the set any less noteworthy. For real insight into the filmmaking process, the movies present the viewpoints of the screenwriters (Tales From The Script), the directors (Life Behind the Camera), and documentarians (Capturing Reality). I was most dubious about the inclusion of "Lavender Limelight" as it seemed the most specifically targeted piece about lesbian filmmakers, but it fits comfortably into the niche of providing information about the indie movie scene. The film I looked forward to the most was "Light Keeps Me Company" about legendary cinematographer Sven Nykvist--but this intriguingly personal film is perhaps the set's most curiously out-of-place inclusion from the standpoint of supporting the principle topic of "The Art of Filmmaking." But despite some individual reservations, there is certainly no way I can't recommend this for people truly interested in film.

Tales From The Script (4 1/2 stars): One thing is certain, screenwriters like to tell stories. That is quite evident in the immensely appealing documentary "Tales From The Script." More than anything, this film excellently portrays the fickle nature of Hollywood as seen through the eyes of those that have survived it. From the successes, to the humiliations--all the writers here engage in entertaining stories and personal experiences.
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