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Directing (Screencraft Series) Paperback – 28 May 2002

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Focal Press (28 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240804988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240804989
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 22.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,514,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The sixth book in a series about filmmaking displays the many strands that helmers must weave together in a successful picture." - Variety

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Through detailed interviews and numerous examples, this book offers the reader insight into the craft and talent of some of the industry’s top directors. This insight is not limited solely to their work habits or methodology, but also explores how their talents have evolved over the years, thus giving the aspiring director or film enthusiast both inspiration and a blueprint for success.The 500 color photos include stills from world famous films, and contributors include Mike Leigh (Secrets and Lies), Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Sense and Sensibility), Pedro Almodovar (All About My Mother, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), and Oliver Stone (Born on the Fourth of July; Platoon).

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Format: Paperback
Continuing the line of coffee-table style books for filmmaking, the "Directing" title boasts chapters on a great range of brilliant artists: from Lynch to Forman to Bertolucci. Each director (about 10 in all) has their own chapter, in which they talk about how they became what they are today and give their views on filmmaking in general. These are accompanied by lavishly reproduced stills from their movies, sometimes along with hand-written notes, storyboards etc. The main problem with the book, and indeed the series as a whole, is that there is actually very little text afforded to each filmmaker, so they can really only scratch the surface on their life and their views. The snippets provided are very interesting and insightful, but it can be frustrating when you want to learn just a little bit more.
That said, this series is clearly not designed to provide an in-depth profile of each artist, and does prove inspirational in its sheer elegance. It's a book to flick through and admire, rather than read once through cover to cover. This does prove a welcome respite to many biographies which I find never have enough accompanying images: filmmaking is after all about creating pictures.
All in all, this is a book to display in your collection and be inspired by, rather than study and expect reams of information from.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 13 Jan. 2013
By GG - Published on
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I don't know what the one-star people are talking about. This is an excellent book, as are all the other "screencraft" books. One reviewer is complaining that the book has too many pictures. It is a book about filmmaking, and a picture is worth a thousand words. Do you want to have them try to describe the scene when they have an actual picture of it? That would be like having a book about photography be all text. Come on now! The book contains in-depth and insightful interviews with some of the world's most famous and celebrated directors. The directors are not talking fluff, but giving you solid and very specific information about their work flow and how they made their movies. For instance, Steven Soderbergh shares that in making the movie "Traffic," 99% of it was hand held. That's interesting to know. And I don't know where you would even find information like that. Don't let the one-star reviews shake you. If you don't like hearing directors describe their craft in detail, then I guess this book might not be for you. But as for me, I consider it a classic.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, fundamentally recommended reading 12 July 2002
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Paperback
Introducing the complexities of professional film directing and based on fifteen in-depth interviews with world-class movie makers, Directing by Mike Goodridge (by professional screen writer and current U.S. Editor of Screen International) is enhanced with more than 500 photographs (including stills from world famous films). Essential, fundamentally recommended reading, Directing is a welcome and invaluable contribution to personal, professional, and film school supplemental reading lists and reference collections. If you are contemplating or aspiring to directing any kind of film ranging from a simple documentary, to an "shoe string" independent film, to an elaborate big budget Hollywood production, then give Mike Goodridge's Directing a careful reading.
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Skip This Book! 20 Aug. 2003
By Carmen Rodney - Published on
Format: Paperback
I expected this book to be much more in-depth and interesteing. However, Goodridge (a hack for hire - freelance writing for boi rags like The Advocate) does not have the chops for this. He offers zero insight. Instead, he simply gives us slight and twee interviews of Directors. It's a lost opportunity. Skip this one.
4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK IS LAME 12 May 2002
By brin - Published on
Format: Paperback
this book is all pictures and very little substance - who put this thing together? very slight and amaturish. this guy is lame.
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