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Some useful bits, but rather outdated
on 6 July 2011
Not a bad book, but could do with a new edition. As this was written in the 90's there are some large chunks of info regarding the use of computers for editing/visual effects/story boarding that are almost cringe worthy.
On the plus side, many of the techniques talked about are timeless, I definitely learned a few things while reading it, and began to consider other things which I thought I already knew - which is always a good sign. I gained a better understanding of looking at a number of shots in sequence and working out their effect. It is nicely illustrated; personally I think some of the story boards are worth the admission price alone; and gives a good overall view of the roll of the director. However, I feel that it only brushed the surface on the some subjects that interested me, and went into detail on other areas that I found less interesting (thought this is obviously personal taste.)
In short, I don't think this is the best book on directing out there, but it is certainly not bad.