Penguin , - Performing Arts - pages. Mamet describes directing film as a skill, in a very practical way and I will certainly be taking what I learned from this book to help guide my directing in the future. As with most of Mamet's pedagogical writing, this is two-thirds important theoretical insight and actionable methodology plus a third histrionic whinging at the aesthetic excesses of modernity and Hollywood's heretical philistinism. There's a beginning and an end.
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Mamet references and quotes many literary and cinematic icons to support his theories in film making.
View the Lesson Plans. Taking a literally conversational style, in which he transcribes reflective dialogue with his students, Mamet seems to be working through his own theories about film directing on the spot. It's absolutely riveting though, largely because its visuals are so beautiful and eerie. More summaries and resources for teaching or studying On Directing Film. And you repeat the process until the protagonist succeeds or fails at his or her ultimate objective, at which point the story is over.
All of his armchair directig is amusing to read if you're into that sort of thing, but for a much more informative, practical, brass-tacks introduction to film-making, I recommend picking up Sidney Lumet's Making Movies instead. How to write a great review. Can you tell a story with those two images? I also enjoyed the analyses he develops in discussion with students - very informative and useful.
On Directing Film is certainly worth reading, directingg only for help in scrutinizing your own work, but it isn't nearly as comprehensive as True and Falsewhich I felt addressed every important element of the fiml process, from rehearsing to auditioning, deconstructed it, and then presented a new and incredibly practical way bg doing it.
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Oct 24, Samuel rated it it was amazing. I like what he has to say, and if you are interested in directing, or just interested in how a director might think, this is certainly a good starting point. Might be the same with d It is an apology for handicraft.
David Mamet says a lot of things I disagree with, in fact I think some of them are plain stupid, yet he is so clearly founded in his beliefs about drama, and so well proven in his field, that one can hardly argue with him. The human mind deals with things in a finite manner.
I believe a balance of both is necessary to make a good film. As a person who loves acting but can't tolerate most "actors," Mamet's book was a revelation to me, and helped me to feel okay again about my decision to dodge directkng as a career choice.
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You submitted the following rating and review. At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer's personal information. According to David Mamet, a film director must, above all things, think visually.
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It certainly isn't the way that most filmmakers work - hell, it's confusing to me. An example that occurs immediately to me is Gus Van Sant's Gerrya meandering film with almost no dialogue that simply follows Matt Damon and Casey Affleck around as they get lost in the desert.
The prolific Mamet certainly has the credentials to teach about writing and story construction. But he uses dialogue all the time, and it would have been helpful to hear how he implements his own dialogue in an "uninflected" way.
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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The Intent to Live. Though I prefer films that have subtle suggestions to particular emotions, Mamet believes anything more than the subtle directinb of emotion or anything more than portraying personality simply through repetition of simple behaviours is too much and that explicit moments of emotion will just distract the audience.
I know that's vague, but the lack of even theoretical females was so noticeable that I had to check the copyright date.
He quotes Hemingway on the subject of writing as, "Write the story, take out all the good lines, and see if it still works.
I'd recommend that anyone interested in directing film read this book, but very very critically!
The boat has to look like a boat; the sail doesn't have to look like a boat. Then I'll let my subconscious pick one, and put the camera there. Alec Nevala-Lee Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.