Basics Film-Making 03: Directing Fiction

Basics Film-Making 03: Directing Fiction

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 160 x 230 x 18mm | 539.77g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • AVA Publishing SA
  • Lausanne, Switzerland
  • English
  • 200 colour images
  • 294041100X
  • 9782940411009
  • 295,278

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"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."

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About Robert Edgar-Hunt

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.

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