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The Lean Forward Moment: Create Compelling Stories for Film, TV, and the Web: Telling Better Stories in Film and Video (Voices That Matter) Paperback – 23 Dec 2008
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In this groundbreaking book Norman Hollyn outlines his 'Lean Forward Moment Method' of storytelling that applies to all aspects of the film-making process and media production. Whether you are an editor, producer, director, cinematographer or visual effects pro, this book will provide the essential techniques you need to create engaging content that emotionally connects with your audience. The core storytelling techniques in this book, apply equally to all levels and types of film and media projects: feature films, television documentaries, fiction, web-based video games, commercials, event films and much more. As an Associate Professor at the School of Cinematic Arts at USC and having worked on movie projects with such Hollywood greats at Alan J Pakula, Sidney Lumet and Francis Ford Coppola, Norman Hollyn is uniquely qualified to provide you with the conceptual and practical tools to tell your story effectively. After the initial formative chapters, Norman examines the filmmaking process in its three main areas - preproduction, production and postproduction. Within each area he describes how the Lean Forward method can help with every step of the creative process (setup, scene description, the script, production design, direction, cinematography, editing, opticals and special effects, music and sound). He then brings together the concepts he discusses by providing real world examples from a drama, an action film, a documentary and a commercial.
"Norman Hollyn uses the ancient magic of alchemy to reveal the art of making a great film. Writing an outstanding primer on filmmaking, he provides an historical perspective from several iconic movies, revealing the innermost secrets of successful filmmakers. If you want to construct a film, you need this book!" - MARTIN COHEN, President of Post Production, Paramount Pictures.
"Norman Hollyn's The Lean Forward Moment speaks volumes about the art and craft of filmmaking. His elegant explanations of editorial choices and creative decisions tell the full story. It is a serious work and it will be a resource for every emerging filmmaker" - IAN CALDERON, Director of Digital Initiatives, Sundance Institute.
"Only a film editor, with a career of experience in the cockpit of the cutting room, could so clearly and completely explain how some storytelling efforts succeed and others fail. Fortunately, Norman Hollyn is such an editor, and he has given us the gift of explanation in the richly illustrated The Lean Forward Moment." - BILL KINDER, Editorial and Post Production Director.
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This basic premise is illustrated again and again using real examples (some famous big-budget Hollywood classics, others obscure web-based series), which end up feeling somewhat repetitive by the end. However the analysis of classics like Citizen Kane and The Godfather is really insightful.
Hollyn admits that the process, as outlined in the book, is not what the Hollywood greats actually DO, but he argues convincingly that they do something similar unconsciously. I also like the fact that the book encompasses all the disciplines (editing, directing, producing, writing, cinematography, production design and so on), to give a really comprehensive view of how a creative team approaches delivering a consistent vision.
I'd recommend this for aspiring story-tellers of any kind who want to get a fresh perspective on creating moments that really engage the audience.
The main concepts discussed over and over again in the book are the logline, rule of threes and the lean forward moment, and the way a filmmaker can create filmic changes to subconsciously mark out these lean forward moments in the viewer's mind. There's only 1 chapter on picture editing, and the rest are about other areas of filmmaking, such as costume and set design, directing, sound etc, but they all help to drive home the concepts of filmic storytelling to an editor.
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Even we learned a lot from it.
Norman did a superb job not to
go into "nuts and bolts" of Editing.