Focal Press Book: Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics (5th Edition)

Focal Press Book: Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics (5th Edition)

Focal Press Book: Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics (5th Edition)

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  • Michael Rabiger and Mick Hurbis-Cherrier
  • Paperback: 532 Pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press
  • Date Published: 2013
  • ISBN:9780240818450
  • Covers the Director's Process
  • Insights for Working with Actors
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The fifth edition of the paperback book, Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics from Focal Press is written by Michael Rabiger and Mick Hurbis-Cherrier.  It covers the methods, technologies, thought processes, and judgments that a director must use throughout the process of making a film. The core of the book is the human, psychological, and technical knowledge that every director needs, as well as the enduring elements of the craft that remain vital.

This book also provides a clear view of the artistic process, working with actors and principle crew to achieve personally expressive storytelling and professionalism on any budget. It explores how to engage with the conceptual side of filmmaking, and provides practical tools and exercises that show you how to: discover your artistic identity; develop credible and compelling stories with your cast and crew; and become a storyteller with a distinctive voice and style. A companion website includes teaching notes, dozens of practical hands-on projects and film study activities to help you master technical and conceptual skills, film analysis questionnaires, plus all the essential production forms and logs.

Author Michael Rabiger has directed or edited over 35 films, was Chair of the Film/Video Department at Columbia College Chicago, and has conducted workshops in many countries. He is the author of Developing Story Ideas (Focal Press), and Directing the Documentary (Focal Press), now in its fifth edition.

Author Mick Hurbis-Cherrier teaches filmmaking at Hunter College in New York City. Professionally, he has worked as a screenwriter, director, cinematographer, and editor and his films have garnered prizes at numerous festivals. He is the author of Voice & Vision: A Creative Approach to Narrative Film and DV Production, in its second edition (Focal Press).

New with Fifth Edition
  • Virtually every chapter has been revised, updated, and re-organized for a streamlined and integrated approach
  • Expanded sections on the basics of drama, including thorough analysis of recent films
  • Discussions of the director's approach to script analysis and development
  • New discussion exploring the elements of naturalistic and stylistic aesthetic approaches.
  • New discussion on the narrative power of lighting and the lens - including many recent film examples for shot size, perspective, focus and exposure
  • Greater emphasis on the implications of composition, mise-en-scène, continuity shooting and editing, long take shooting, point-of-view sequences, and camera handling
  • Expanded discussion of collaboration between the director and principle creative crew
  • Updated coverage of workflow and comparative advantages to digital or film acquisition
  • New section on film production safety, set protocol and etiquette
Table of Contents
  • The world of the film director
  • Developing your path as a director
  • Essential elements of drama
  • Shaping the story into drama
  • Plot, time, and structure
  • Screenplay ground rules
  • Recognizing the superior screenplay
  • Script analysis and development
  • Cinematic point of view
  • Form and style
  • Tone: naturalistic and stylized approaches
  • Film language
  • The frame and the shot
  • The moving camera
  • Language of the edit
  • The human vantage of cinematic language
  • Exploring the script
  • Casting
  • Acting fundamentals
  • Directing actors
  • Rehearsals
  • Acting exercises
  • Planning the visual design
  • Coverage and the shooting script
  • Line producing and logistics
  • Developing a production crew
  • The director and production crew
  • On set: production begins
  • Directing on the set
  • Monitoring continuity and progress
  • Postproduction overview
  • Editing begins: getting to know the footage
  • The rough cuts
  • Getting to fine cut and picture lock
  • Working with music
  • The sound mix
  • The finishing touches
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Subject Film and Video
Author Michael Rabiger and Mick Hurbis-Cherrier
Edition 5th
Pages 532
ISBN Number 9780240818450
Format Paperback
Publisher Focal Press
Date Published 2013
Packaging Info
Package Weight 2.55 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.1 x 7.5 x 1.2"
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