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Directing for the Screen is a collection of essays and interviews exploring the business of directing. This highly accessible guide to working in film and television includes perspectives from industry insiders on topics such as breaking in; developing and nurturing business relationships; the director's responsibilities on set and in the field; and more. Directing for the Screen is an ideal companion to filmmaking classes, demystifying the industry and the role of the director with real-world narratives and little-known truths about the business. With insight from working professionals, you'll be armed with the information you need to pursue your career as a director.















Contains essays by and interviews with television directors, feature directors, documentary filmmakers, commercial directors, producers, and professors.











Offers expert opinions on how to get started, including landing and succeeding in an internship and getting your first gig.











Reveals details about working with actors, overseeing the work of often hundreds of crewmembers, writing last-minute on set, and developing a working relationship with producers and screenwriters.











Explores strategies for doing creative work under pressure, finding your directorial voice, financing shorts and independent films, breaking down barriers and overcoming discrimination, shooting in less-than-ideal situations, and recovering from bad reviews or box office results.











Illuminates the business of directing in the United States (New York and Los Angeles) as compared to other countries around the globe, including England, Ireland, Spain, Australia, Denmark, Pakistan, Belgium, and Canada.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 274 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 22.86mm | 499g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138945021
  • 9781138945029

Table of contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS


INTRODUCTION





CHAPTER 1: GETTING STARTED


TAKING RISKS AND FINDING MENTORS


Beginning With School


An Interview With Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum





SHORT 'N SWEET


The Short Film as a Calling Card


By Susan Liddy





GETTING A SEAT AT THE TABLE


Interning, Script Supervising, and Approaching a Producer With a Project


An Interview With Chiemi Karasawa





YOU AND YOUR DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY (DP)


Finding and Working With Your DP


By David Waldman and David Landau





BREAKING IN TO FEATURES


Working With Comedic Actors and Developing New Projects


An Interview With Peter Segal





CHAPTER 2: STICKING IT OUT


WHAT'S AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR ANYWAY?


Roles and Responsibilities


By Peter D. Marshall





FILM FESTIVALS AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS


The Basics


By Karen Dee Carpenter





GETTING FISCAL SPONSORSHIP


An Interview With Dianne Debicella





DEVELOPING A BUSINESS ACUMEN


An Interview With Quincy Newell





DIRECTING FOR TELEVISION


A Global Perspective


By Phoebe Hart





DIRECTING THE ONE-HOUR TELEVISION DRAMA


How It Works in Los Angeles and New York


An Interview With Jeremy Podeswa





CHAPTER 3: FINDING SUCCESS


PURSUING TRUTH IN STORYTELLING


A Lifelong Career in Documentaries and Features


An Interview With Michael Apted





DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING IN PAKISTAN


When Directing Can Be Dangerous


An Interview With Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy





DIRECTING THE PERSONAL DOCUMENTARY


An Intersex Adventure


By Phoebe Hart





DIRECTING FOR STUDIOS VS. INDEPENDENT FILMMAKING


Reflections on Thirty Years the Film Industry


An Interview With Boaz Yakin





BECOMING INDEPENDENT


Distribution After the Multiplex


By Max Sexton and Dominic Lees





CHAPTER 4: GETTING AHEAD


INDEPENDENT FILM DISTRIBUTION


An Interview With Orly Ravid





INDEPENDENT FILMMAKING


By Pieter Aquilia





THE EVOLUTION OF A DIRECTING CAREER


From Australia to Hollywood and Back Again


An Interview With Gillian Armstrong





ROLLING WITH THE PUNCHES AND DISCOVERIES


Filmmaker David Gordon Green's Journey


By Chris Vognar





DIRECTING TELEVISION COMMERCIALS


Guidelines for a Fruitful Career


By Bill Linsman





DIRECTING DOCUMENTARIES


Notes From the Field


By Timothy A. Powell





CHAPTER 5: STARTING AGAIN


TRANSMEDIA STORYTELLING


The Next Step in Directing


By Jean Desormeaux and Randall Kapuscinski





NAVIGATING THE CREATIVE PROCESS


Insights on Gender and the Business of Directing


An Interview With Susanne Bier





PROCESSNG BOX OFFICE RESULTS


Building a Career in Unconventional Storytelling


An Interview With Jaco Van Dormael





BOUNCING BACK AFTER A SETBACK


The Determination to Begin Again


An Interview With Isabel Coixet


DIRECTING SITCOMS AND THEATER


From Stage to Screen


An Interview With Sheldon Epps








INDEX
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Review quote

"This is not a 'how to' book, but an absorbing read which takes you on many different routes into directing. Full of insights, the range of interviewees is impressive. They all urge would-be directors to observe and learn, be persistent and find their voice."

-Claire Barwell, Former Chair of NAHEMI, Course Leader of Film Production at the Farnham Film School, University for the Creative Arts


"Directing for the Screen offers lively and astute advice from the insiders. Anna Weinstein has mixed with some of the best and probes them about their success-and learning from loss."





-Matthew Sorrento, Lecturer, Film Studies at Rutgers University in Camden, NJ
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About Anna Weinstein

Anna Weinstein is the Series Editor for PERFORM. A writer and editor with over fifteen years of experience in educational publishing, she received her MFA in Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California at Riverside--Palm Desert and her BA in Communication Studies/Performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She teaches introductory and advanced screenwriting at Auburn University, and she is a frequent contributor to Film International, where she publishes interviews with award-winning female directors in her series "Diva Directors Around the Globe."
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