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Moviemakers' Master Class: Private Lessons from the World's Foremost Directors [Paperback]

Laurent Tirard
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17 Feb 2003

From Scorsese and Lynch to Wenders and Godard: interviews with twenty of the world's greatest directors on how they make films - and why.

Each great film-maker has a secret method to his moviemaking - and each is different. In Moviemakers' Masterclass, Laurent Tirard talks to an illustrious collection of today's greatest directors to get to the core of their approach to cinema. The results shed a unique light upon the mysteries of the directorial process. Martin Scorsese, we learn, likes setting up each shot very precisely in advance. Lars von Trier, on the other hand, refuses to think about a set-up until the day of filming. And Bernardo Bertolucci tries to dream his shots the night before . . .

Other directors featured include Woody Allen, Pedro Almodovar, Tim Burton, the Coen brothers, Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Wong Kar-Wai.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; 1 edition (17 Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057121102X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571211029
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 16 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Twenty top directors (including Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, the Coen brothers, Tim Burton, Pedro Almodovar, Lars von Trier, John Woo, Wong Kar-Wai and Jean-Luc Godard) talk about the nuts and bolts of their craft.

About the Author

Laurent Tirard was born in 1967. He studied film-making at New York University, from which he graduated with honours in 1990. After a year as a script reader for the Warner Bros. Studio in Los Angeles, he became a journalist for the French film magazine Studio. There, over the course of seven years, he screened and reviewed more than a hundred films a year. He also had the opportunity to interview all the great directors of the day, engaging them in lengthy discussions on the most practical aspects of film-making for a series called 'Lessons in Cinema'. For the last four years he has put all his lessons into practice, first as a screenwriter on French feature films and television movies, then as a director of two short films, Reliable Sources and Tomorrow is Another Day. The first received the 1999 Panavision Award at the Avignon/New York Film Festival, the second was selected for the 2000 Telluride Film Festival. Laurent Tirard is currently working on his first feature film as a director. He lives in Paris with his wife and son.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book for filmmakers of all levels. 10 Mar 2004
I have read a lot of books on filmmaking, but this would easily be my favourite. Each of the featured directors shares their particular technique and approach, and details problems they have encountered (and problems they see others commonly encounter - especially beginners). The book is highly digestable, and my only complaint is purely selfish: I wish there was more!! If you are interested in making films, buy this book without question.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Direct insight 20 Jan 2003
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This fascinating book is a compilation of conversations with some of the world's most prominent directors. For each director you learn of their approach to film making, to directing, to the audience, to the actors, providing you with insights into their world and their films. Accessible, diverting and indispensible for all those interested in films and film-making.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious read 18 May 2011
Excellent interviews filled with information, anecdotes and the very own words of some of the most interesting filmmakers in modern times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keep going back to it 22 Feb 2011
I read this book when I was 13, when I first decided I wanted to make films. The language was esoteric and it was hard for me to conceptualize what they were saying- but it's allure resonated with me for years to come.

I read it again when I was 15, once I'd made a few films of my own. I understood the technical language and related my own experiences to theirs.

I read it again when I was 18, looking for guidance from film makers I knew all too well after having the years to get acquainted with their films.

I'm now 21 and it's true what they say, directing is a very lonely job. So let this book keep you company over the years, as it did for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars cant get a better book 22 Dec 2010
By plondon
cant put this book down..
if u r either a very experienced filmmaker,beginner or just interested in films, you gonna love this book..
dont expect step by step in how to dolly,track or crane..
This is kind of manuscript as if those great directors were giving a guest lecture in a film school..
Def worth every penny..
As someone already mentioned,my only complain is: I WANTED MORE DIRECTORS :(
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