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Picture Yourself Directing a Movie: Step-By-Step Instruction for Short Films, Documentaries, and More

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Have you always wanted to make your own movie, but weren't sure howto get started? Look no further-you hold in your hands the perfect guide for entering the exciting world of filmmaking. Picture Yourself Directing a Movie provides a step-by-step look at the fundamental directing techniques and principles you need to know to make your film idea a reality. Using an easy-to-follow format illustrated with numerous full-color photos, Picture Yourself Directing a Movie walks you through the process of effectively visualizing your script, composing quality shots, staging scenes, and working with actors. You'll also learn to tell your visual story with maximum impact through proper camera placement and movement. Unlike other books on filmmaking, Picture Yourself Directing a Movie steers clear of difficult-to-understand industry jargon and never gets overly technical. It's simply a guide to producing a quality amateur film from start to finish-with the added bonus that you're being taught the tricks of the trade by a successful Hollywood director and screenwriter!

Book News Annotation:

This colorful guide provides basic knowledge of the filmmaking process, including how to visualize scripts, work with actors and stage shots. Designed primarily as a launching point for novices who want to try their hand at a short film, this book avoids the more technical aspects of directing and concentrates on the artistic facets. A CD-ROM is included with actual film clips that illustrate points from the text. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

Los Angeles screenwriter and director Eric Nicholas is a graduate of the University of Southern California's prestigious School of Cinema-Television. Over the past ten years, he has worked for some of the top production companies in Hollywood, including Warner Bros.-based Alcon Entertainment and Sony-based Escape Artists, where his script Diary is currently set up with Jennifer Aniston attached to star. In 2005, Nicholas wrote and directed the psychological thriller Alone with Her, starring Colin Hanks (son of Tom). The movie premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, where it was picked up for worldwide distribution by IFC Films and The Weinstein Company. The movie was released in 2007 to excellent reviews, including raves by the L.A. Times, New York Post, and Entertainment Weekly. Nicholas will next be directing the $12 million action-thriller The Weaker Sex (which he also wrote) in late 2008.

Table of Contents

Introduction Chapter 1: The Script-Your First Priority Chapter 2: Getting Ready to Shoot Chapter 3: Casting Chapter 4: On Acting Chapter 5: Rehearsing Your Actors Chapter 6: The Shooting Script and Storyboards Chapter 7: How to Compose Great Shots Chapter 8: Staging Scenes-The Basics Chapter 9: Directing Your Cast and Crew Chapter 10: Post-Production Appendix A: Glossary Appendix B: Sample Script

Product Details

Course Technology
Office management
Nicholas, Eric
Nicholas, Eric (Eric Nicholas)
Film & Video - Direction & Production
Film & Video - Amateur Production
Motion pictures
Short films
Motion pictures -- Production and direction.
Short films - Production and direction
Film - Direction & Production
Film and Television-Production
Picture Yourself
Publication Date:
April 2008
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
9.05x7.34x.64 in. 1.31 lbs.

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