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On Film-Making: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director by Alexander Mackendrick. Edited and with an introduction by Paul Cronin. Though Alexander . The other thing—getting it on the screen—is the medium; film begins between the ears and under the hair of one. Mackendrick on Film is an educational project constructed around the film teachings of legendary pedagogue Alexander Mackendrick. Taking as its starting .

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On Filmmaking: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director

Just 50 pages in, and already it’s the most useful book I have ever read about not just film-making, but story-telling, approaches to film criticism, writing methods and structure – primarily for a visual medium, of course, but would-be novelists could probably learn a thing filmmakihg two as well.

He wasn’t a theorist, he was a legitimately famous British filmmaker who hasn’t at least heard of “The Sweet Smell of Success? Jul 28, Courtney LeMay rated it liked it. Incredible book with invaluable exercises for the study of dramatic construction. There were times when I lost interest in some discussion note that I read it over a period of two years or just skimmed — sometimes because the material was in type TOO SMALL to read — those sections apparently were storyboards Mac.

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I cherish all the memories I have of his teaching. After Ealing’s demise, Mackendrick found that he disliked being dependent on deal-makers and in became dean of the new alexandr school at the California Institute of the Arts. Sep 11, Brett rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Trivia About On Filmmaking: There are some great tips, but a lot of it is Mackendrick telling you what he thinks is the best way to direct a film.


Taking as its starting point Mackendrick’s body of written work contained in his book On Film-making: It was at this brand new college that he threw himself into a new career with great fervour, in the knowledge that he would probably never make another film.

Mackendrick is a genius. Inhe became the director of the film unit and approved the production of Roberto Rossellini ‘s early neorealist film, Rome, Open City You can then opt to undertake the exercises Mackendrick set his students, or proceed to the comparison of two drafts of a scene from Success. Clswifty rated it really liked it Nov 19, I have no talent for that Apr 27, James Lark rated it it was amazing.

If this is a given with you, consider the concept of the actor as “meat-puppet” currently at large in some California classrooms. His father was a ship builder and a civil engineer.

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A very detailed, but clear and accessible account of all the elements of filmmaking. This allows him both the knowledge of what makes a film good and also the ability to communicate this info to the reader.


There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Oct 29, Jack rated it it slexander ok. Film Directing Shot by Shot: A Perspective on Film Editing, 2nd Edition. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Feb 10, Michael Valentine rated it flmmaking was amazing Shelves: Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

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TV Movie documentary Himself – Director. Skip the long introduction and move straight into the meat of the book if you don’t want to begin your experience already frustrated. After more than twenty years mackendirck the film industry as a screenwriter, storyboard editor, and director of memorable films such as The LadykillersAlexander Mackendrick turned his back filmmmaking Hollywood and began a new career as the Dean of one of the country’s most demanding and influential film schools.

Scarred by advice from the perma-tanned, I opened this volume with a studied nonchalance, awaiting censure.

There’s no clear rite of passage, no civil ceremony for those of us wedded to that wicked, perforated, shiny stuff.