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Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics

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Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics is a comprehensive manual that teaches the essentials of filmmaking from the perspective of the director. Ideal for film production and directing classes, as well as for aspiring and current directors, Directing covers all phases of preproduction and production, from idea development to final cut. Thoroughly covering the basics, Directing guides the reader to professional standards of expression and control, and goes to the heart of what makes a director. The book outlines a great deal of practical work to meet this goal, with projects, exercises.

The third edition emphasizes the connection between knowing and doing, with every principle realizable through projects and exercises. Much has been enhanced and expanded, notably: aspects of dramaturgy; beats and dramatic units; pitching stories and selling one's work; the role of the entrepreneurial producer; and the dangers of embedded moral values. Checklists are loaded with practical recommendations for action, and outcomes assessment tables help the reader honestly gauge his or her progress. Entirely new chapters present: preproduction procedures; production design; script breakdown; procedures and etiquette on the set; shooting location sound; continuity; and working with a composer. The entire book is revised to capitalize on the advantages offered by the revolutionary shift to digital filmmaking.

*Comprehensive manual that dissolves the barriers between the aesthetic, conceptual, and technical

*Completely updated to reflect the revolutionary shift to digital filmmaking

*Practical exercises throughout along with detailed outcomes assessments to judge progress

About the Author

Michael Rabiger worked in the cutting rooms at Pinewood and Shepperton studios in England, as an editor and BBC director in documentaries, then as a production and aesthetics educator in the USA for many years. He has been department chair of the Film/Video Department at Columbia College Chicago during a period of great expansion, and before that founder of Columbia's Michael Rabiger Center for the Documentary. He has directed or edited more than 35 films, given workshops in many countries, and led a multinational European documentary workshop for CILECT, the international association of film schools. As Visiting Professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, he taught idea development, directing, and advanced production. He is presently writing the libretto for an opera.

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The classic best-selling manual for directors, now completely updated for the digital age

Product Details

Film Techniques and Aesthetics
Focal Press
Rabiger, Michael
Film - Direction & Production
Television - Direction & Production
Motion pictures
Film & Video - Direction & Production
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Series Volume:
v. 5
Publication Date:
March 2003
10 x 7 in.

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Arts and Entertainment » Film and Television » Production » General

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