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Editorial Reviews


"A terrific read! Jim mixes his encyclopaedic knowledge of film and TV with his true passion for the craft. The result is a series of illuminating interviews as valuable to the professional as they will be to the novice."

Christopher Silber, Executive Producer, NCIS: New Orleans

"Jim Hemphill digs deep into the nuts and bolts of episodic direction, and in doing so shines a light not just on the mechanics of television production, but on the craft of directing itself, in all of its wonderful and malleable forms."

David Lowery, Director, The Old Man & the Gun, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints


"Author and filmmaker Jim Hemphill demonstrates a nearly encyclopedic critical appreciation of individual directors’ styles and an exhaustive enthusiasm for contemporary TV... The 20 Q&As making up Jim Hemphill’s The Art and Craft of TV Directing mine a rich vein of first-person creative experience from craftspeople whose jobs demand that they be articulate about process to begin with."

Bruce Bennett, Film Comment September/October 2019 issue


"If you’re a moviemaker who thrives in high-energy environments, racing against the clock to beat a deadline, then TV directing might be for you. Hemphill’s collection calls for a reassessment to the old adage that TV is a “writer’s medium” and encourages future moviemakers to consider the lessons that can be gained from directing television."

Izzy Stroobandt, Moviemaker Magazine, Summer 2019 issue


About the Author

Jim Hemphill is an award-winning screenwriter and director whose films have screened at the Sundance Film Festival, American Cinematheque, and other prestigious international art houses and festivals. He has written about movies and television for numerous publications including American Cinematographer, Film Comment, Filmmaker Magazine and Film Quarterly. He is a programming consultant at the Egyptian and Aero theatres in Los Angeles and works as a visual historian at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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  • Item Weight : 9.1 ounces
  • Paperback : 164 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0367152451
  • ISBN-10 : 0367152452
  • Dimensions : 6.14 x 0.37 x 9.21 inches
  • Publisher : Routledge; 1st edition (August 7, 2019)
  • Language: : English
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