- Series: Screencraft Series
- Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: Focal Press; 3 edition (March 27, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0240805178
- ISBN-13: 978-0240805177
- Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics (Screencraft Series) 3rd Edition
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"As he has in previous editions of "Directing," Michael Rabiger continues to offer a complete and comprehensive overview of virtually all aspects of directing, from ideas to budgeting, from casting to editing. From my viewpoint there is no comparable book on the market."
-Eric Swelstad, Department Chair - Media Arts, Los Angeles Valley College
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"This is the single most valuable guide for both novice and seasoned practitioner...The new edition continues to be the comprehensive text for learning directing, integrating the rapid changes in technology with what was already a superbly detailed step-by-step text." -- Jameson Goldner, professor of cinema at San Francisco State University
"This is the only comprehensive book on filmmaking that I recommend to my students", Jeremy Kagan, USC Graduate Film School; Artistic Director Sundance Institute
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Of course like anything take it with a grain of salt. I find many of the example films he uses boring and pretentious. The kind of things praised by critics but don't mean much to audiences. He really stresses subtext and that is good because it's missing in many films, but the main story line has got to be compelling and fresh along with a good subtext to make a great film in my opinion.
I reviewed this book decades ago, the lessons I learned from doing his exercises are still with me. I'm surprised this text doesn't have hundreds of reviews.
The most important part of this book for self starters is the analytical exercises to reform your mind on how to view films. Unless you know shorthand, prepare to spend long hours in front of a video with a pen. The most useful exercise was breaking down on paper what I saw and what
I heard, on two sides of a piece of paper in writing, then dividing what one hears into foley, dialogue and music points. At the beginning 10 minutes of film took about 45+ minutes to breakdown. Choose films that interest you. I started with the first ten minutes of Jurassic Park.
The first is the wonderfull way the author initialy explains to the reader the power and the importance of the script. The second is the chapter called "The process of writing" itself. This chapter is an unexpected powerfull gift to the aspiring screenwriter/director who has ideas or pictures and visualisations in his mind and wants to give them life in the form of a good script.
Aside from the useful technical knowledge in this book, which alone would give it 5 stars, Rabinger has the student/reader do excercises that has the student develop their own sense of asthetics. Of all the books on filmmaking that I've read, this is one of the most comprehensive, and consequently, most valuable.