Basics Film-Making 03: Directing Fiction

Basics Film-Making 03: Directing Fiction

Paperback Basics Film-Making

By (author) Robert Edgar-Hunt

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  • Publisher: AVA Publishing SA
  • Format: Paperback | 184 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 230mm x 20mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 10 December 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Lausanne
  • ISBN 10: 294041100X
  • ISBN 13: 9782940411009
  • Illustrations note: 200 colour images
  • Sales rank: 286,309

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"Basics Film-Making" introduces the essential aspects of the directorial process, focusing on the requirements of short films while also drawing on classic examples from the world of feature films. It looks at the tricky balancing act of art and business, offering guidelines and basic principles rather than instructions. Divided into the three key stages of the film-making process - pre-production, production and postproduction, the book provides students with a framework to begin directing their own productions. The chapters are interspersed with case studies investigating the working practices of leading professionals such as Robert Rodriguez, and Mike Leigh.

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Author information

Robert Edgar-Hunt is programme head of Film and TV Production at York St John University. He also practises as a screenwriter and has research interests in creative writing, postmodernism and film directing.

Review quote

"Excellent, finely produced and illustrated with an intelligent and thoughtful text. No budding film-maker could fail to find something valuable here. Concise and accessible." - Neil Sinyard, Hull University, UK. "Consistently engaging Basics series and very accessible. Subjects are modern and insightful." - Phil Organ, Swansea Metropolitan University, UK.

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"Basics Film-Making: Directing Fiction" will help you create artistically satisfying short films. Offering an accessible introduction to the key elements of directing such as script, casting, location, sound and editing, there is also advice on how to distribute your productions.Robert Edgar-Hunt offers both a practical approach to the discipline as well as a theoretical exploration, explaining why a basic grounding in film theory is essential for every film-maker in order to inform and enrich their work. "Basics Film-Making: Directing Fiction" examines classic movies to illustrate key concepts and provides exercises designed to test and build on your understanding of directing. There is also an insightful interview with Mark Herman, director of classic films such as "Brassed Off," "Little Voice" and "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas."Other titles in the "Basics Film-Making" series include: "Screenwriting, Producing" and "The Language of Film."

Table of contents

How to get the most out of this book. Introduction. Preliminaries: Directing: Art or business?; The production team; Theories and their application; Directing: The vision; Avoiding Alan Smithee; Exercises. Pre-production: The pre-production team; Working with script; Case study: Peter Hunt; Image composition; Storyboards; Locations; Casting; Cast study: Mike Leigh; Rehearsing actors; Mark Herman interview; Exercises. Production: The production team; Case study: Robert Rodriguez; The director as artist; Working with sound and image; Setting the shot; Case study: Martin Scorsese; Production equipment; Production effects; Working on location; The first assistant director; Working with actors; Non-professional actors; Reviewing your material; Mark Herman interview; Exercise. Post-production: The post-production team; Editing systems; The grammar of the edit; Case study: Sergei Eisenstein; Sound and music; The finishing touches; Exhibition and distribution; Case study: Miles Watts; Consent, clearance and copyright; Mark Herman interview; Exercises. Conclusion. Directing and film resources. Picture credits. Acknowledgements. Working with ethics.