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On film-making : an introduction to the craft of the director

Author: Alexander Mackendrick; Paul Cronin
Publisher: London : Faber and Faber, 2004.
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An analysis of the director's art and craft, from one of the most revered of all film school directors. Mackendrick directed classic Ealing comedies plus a Hollywood masterpiece, Sweet Smell of Success. But after retiring from film-making in 1969, he spent nearly 25 years teaching his craft at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. Mackendrick produced hundreds of pages of handouts and sketches,  Read more...
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Named Person: Alexander Mackendrick
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alexander Mackendrick; Paul Cronin
ISBN: 0571215610 9780571215614 0571211259 9780571211258
OCLC Number: 56957025
Description: xxxix, 293 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword / Martin Scorsese --
pt. 1. Dramatic construction --
The pre-verbal language of cinema --
What is a story? --
Exposition --
Modernist trends --
A technique for having ideas --
Slogans for the screenwriter's wall --
Exercises for the student of dramatic construction --
When not to write a shooting script --
Once upon a time ... --
Activity versus action --
Dramatic irony --
William Archer revisited --
Plausibility and willing suspension of disbelief --
Density and subplots in Sweet smell of success --
Cutting dialogue --
The Solomon exercise --
The director and the actor --
pt. 2. Film grammar --
The invisible imaginary ubiquitous winged witness --
How to be meaningless --
Mental geography.
Responsibility: Alexander Mackendrick ; edited by Paul Cronin ; foreword by Martin Scorsese.
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An analysis of the director's art and craft, from one of the most revered of all film school directors. Mackendrick directed classic Ealing comedies plus a Hollywood masterpiece, Sweet Smell of Success. But after retiring from film-making in 1969, he spent nearly 25 years teaching his craft at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. Mackendrick produced hundreds of pages of handouts and sketches, designed to guide his students to a finer understanding of how to write a story, and then use those devices peculiar to cinema in order to tell that story as effectively as possible. Gathered and edited in this collection, his teachings reveal that he had the talent not only to make great films, but also to articulate the process with a clarity and insight that will still inspire any aspiring filmmaker. --From publisher description.

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