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Moviemakers' Master Class: Private Lessons from the World's Foremost Directors Paperback – October 10, 2002
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This isn't some puff-piece or "tell me about that bitchy Actress" kind of text. Instead, Tirard asks questions targeting the Directors' creative process, from How they conceive (their work), to What they like to make & Why, and even on to For Whom they make it. Plus a very interesting filmic question: "Do you consider yourself the Author of your Films". Tirard can even be [forgiven] his "Are films Art" question... b/c he received some rather interesting answers, esp. by those whose work is considered 'Art'.
Best of all, is Tirard's method -- he asks his standard [ie. excellent] questions, continues on with some very incisive follow-up... & then gets the hell out of the way (definitely unlike the "me-too" style of Bogdanovich). Refreshing.
Absolutely 10 stars for a tremendous work -- This text is a MUST-HAVE for anybody who loves films... & *especially* for anybody who wants to make film. Everybody seems to have their own [strongly-held] opinion of the 'Right Way' to make films... well, this text gives twenty different "Right Ways" to make films, by some of the very best filmmakers around. I just wish they weren't all White Males... I'd've loved to hear Mira Nair's interview, or Nora Ephron's. Where's Volume 2?
If you want to hear why Tim Burton likes wide lenses, which contemporary directors Scorsese admires and why, Jean Pierre Jeunet's theory of camera movement, David Lynch's "secret dolly move", John Woo's method of shooting and cutting scenes to music, The Coen brothers writing process, Lars Von Trier's take on the rules of Dogme 95, Jean-Luc Goddard's theory of filmmaking out of desire vs. need, then this book is your ticket.
This is a goldmine of knowledge. There are no fluff interviews here; only the best filmmakers in the world relating solid technical advice and tried and true shooting strategies developed from years of experience.
Get your copy today and enjoy it.
Another aspect I'd like to touch on is the very intelligent comments by the dude below (Kyle Crews) that look like they went completely over the heads of the readers here, at least those who chose to comment on and rate his review. He complains about the book's repeats, redundancy. Readers object, saying that otherwise you could not compare. But you don't *need* to compare at that level. You need to compare the ways of making a good movie, not how they use lenses in isolation. Not that there's anything wrong with the latter, naturally; but if I had my druthers, this would not be stressed, and (just like Kyle suggests) I'd let these directors talk free-form, w/o forcing them into this Procrustes set of "standard" questions.Read more ›
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As a filmmaker, where else would I get one on one time with these icons and tap their minds for technique? No fluff, just their words.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
As a first time director the insights from some of the best directors in history is refreshing and inspiring. This book is not widely known but it should be!Published 8 months ago by ARTURO RUBIO
This is really a great read for anyone aspiring to work in film, photography, theater, or writing. The interviews are honest and informative, providing a level of insight into the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Joe Bear
The work captures very well for how different directors follow their own styles, yet some direction themes are common and classic.Published 14 months ago by Haroon Inam
It's a master class in the sense that you get to know the tricks behind the work of great directors. How they handle hard productions, actors and difficult shots. Read morePublished 14 months ago by couc
I'm about 25-30% through this book, I have several other books I'm reading at the same time. A lot of good information from well known Directors on Movie technics, positioning,... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dr. Bob
If you find yourself curious of the why and how some of the very best filmmakers create their movies then this book is for you. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Sarah and Wiley
This interviews in this book are succinct and brilliant. Its basically taking the best of Studio Magazine from the early 2000's and packages it in one book. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Plierheads