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On Film-making: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director Paperback – August 11, 2005
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About the Author
Alexander Mackendrick directed several films, including The Man in the White Suit, which earned him an Oscar Nomination for Screenwriting. He died in 1993.
Paul Cronin is the editor of Herzog on Herzog.
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Mackendrick emphatically agrees with Truffaut, who in his interview book with Hitchcock wrote, "Whatever is _said_ instead of being _shown_ is lost on the viewer.Read more ›
Mackendrick is one of an elite group of filmmakers who excelled in both screenwriting and directing. His insights are profound. His "writer's wall" quotes are equal to the entire content of many other books on screenwriting.
Mackendrick is basically the bridge between classical and modern cinematic writing. He emphasises that what is going to happen NEXT, as opposed to what is happening NOW, is the core of good storytelling. He also teaches that the preparatory period before a significant event AND the after effects of that event are equally or more dramatically significant than the actual event itself (as demonstrated by a movie like Reservoir Dogs). Mackendrick's book is one of the few which covers such advanced concepts as negative action, activity versus action, and plot density. The only area I don't agree with him is his dislike of flashbacks (although he has valid reasons).
I judge a book by how many notes I take when reading it. I took a lot of notes when reading this one. Now go and buy it!
A couple of low-star reviews call this "dry" and to me, it is not -- it is passionate and written with conviction. But it is very nuts and bolts, drilling down into the elements of film storytelling in a way unlike any other text I've ever read. So yes, as another low-star review said, it is "didactic" -- trying to teach you something. Chances are you, like everyone else without Mackendrick's breadth and depth of experience, have a lot to learn. I know I did, and still do. But this book closed a LOT of loops for me. BUY IT.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read for strengthening the basics in storytelling and filming making.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
My daughter received this for Christmas, but I started reading with her. Awesome book.Published 20 months ago by Walter Bowne
On Film-Making by Mackendrick should be on every filmmakers, both director's and screenwriters, as well as actors short lists of must reads. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Cain DeVore
I'm not huge on film books...it's hard to find good ones. Most are either too technical or too snobbish. But this book is great. I read it in two days. Read morePublished 23 months ago by LN