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Calling on this unique perspective as playwright, screenwriter, and director of his own critically acclaimed movies, House Of Games and Things Change, David Mamet illuminates how a film comes to be. He looks at every aspect of directing — from script to cutting room — to show the many tasks directors undertake in reaching their prime objective: presenting a story that will be understood by the audience and has the power to be both surprising and inevitable at the same time.

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"Refreshingly untheoretical, particularly regarding acting technique, this is fitfully interesting stuff." Library Journal

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Calling on his unique perspective as playwright, screenwriter, and director of his own critically acclaimed movies, House of Games and Things Change, David Mamet illuminates how a film comes to be. He looks at every aspect of directing—from script to cutting room—to show the many tasks directors undertake in reaching their prime objective: presenting a story that will be understood by the audience and has the power to be both surprising and inevitable at the same time.

Based on a series of classes Mamet taught at Columbia University's film school, On Directing Film will be enjoyed not only by students but by anyone interested in an overview of the craft of filmmaking.

About the Author

David Mamet 's Glengarry Glen Ross won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1984. He is also the author of Writing in Restaurants and On Directing Film, both available from Penguin.

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xdancer, February 25, 2007 (view all comments by xdancer)
i have bought between 8-10 copies of this book. it is obviously useful for directors of both film and theatre, but its ideas, clarity, humor and perspective can be constructively applied to ALL efforts involving creation, production, writing, you name it.

based on this i tossed two useless screenplays and seriously revised the plotline of a couple of other projects. i give this to anyone beginning a new work or anyone floundering in the morass of self-doubt and lack of direction that is typical of creation.

a must read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140127225
Author:
Mamet, David
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Production and direction
Subject:
Film - Direction & Production
Subject:
Performing arts
Subject:
Motion pictures
Subject:
Film & Video - Direction & Production
Subject:
Motion pictures -- Production and direction.
Subject:
Film and Television-Production
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
19920131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
7.92x5.02x.36 in. .23 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Calling on his unique perspective as playwright, screenwriter, and director of his own critically acclaimed movies, House of Games and Things Change, David Mamet illuminates how a film comes to be. He looks at every aspect of directing—from script to cutting room—to show the many tasks directors undertake in reaching their prime objective: presenting a story that will be understood by the audience and has the power to be both surprising and inevitable at the same time.

Based on a series of classes Mamet taught at Columbia University's film school, On Directing Film will be enjoyed not only by students but by anyone interested in an overview of the craft of filmmaking.

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