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Directors Tell the Story: Master the Craft of Television and Film Directing covers everything a director needs to know: the creative vision, how to translate script into a visual story, establishing the look and feel, selecting and leading a crew, coaching actors, keeping a complex operation on time and on budget, overseeing the edit, and troubleshooting through the whole shoot. Learn what it takes to become a director. Master the technical aspects, appreciate aesthetic qualities, and practice leadership, all while exuding that "X" factor that distinguishes the excellent director from the merely good one. The authors emphasize how aspiring directors can develop a creative vision-because without it, they are just technicians.
This book lets you not only read about the secrets of directors, it also includes hands-on exercises to help you understand and master the craft of directing, using original scripted material. The companion web site includes scenes from the authors' own TV shows, along with the scripts, shot lists, and other materials that made the scenes possible. "Insider Info" sections feature interviews, advice, and tips from film and TV luminaries whose productions include Private Practice, Monk, Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives, The Informant, American Beauty, and more!
About the Authors
Bethany Rooney graduated from Bowling Green State University in Ohio with a masters' degree. She taught directing at UCLA Extension and numerous acting workshops in the LA area, most recently through Steppenwolf Theatre West. Ms. Rooney has enjoyed a long and esteemed career. She has directed over one hundred and fifty episodes of prime-time network shows, including Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Brothers and Sisters, Castle, and Private Practice.
Mary Lou Belli is an Emmy Award winning producer, writer, and director as well as the author of two books. Most recently she directed Monk starring Emmy award winner Tony Shalhoub and The Wizards of Waverly Place on the Disney Channel. On the CW she directed The Game, the spinoff to Girlfriends- a series Mary Lou directed for 7 consecutive seasons.
Table of Contents
Introduction Section One: Prep Chapter 1 - Breaking Down the Script for Story Chapter 2 - Breaking Down the Script for Character Chapter 3 - Casting Chapter 4 - Production Design Chapter 5 - Organizing the Shoot with the First Assistant Director Chapter 6 - Sharing the Vision Chapter 7 - Blocking and Shot Listing, Part One Chapter 8 - Blocking and Shot Listing, Part Two Chapter 9 - Scouting Locations Section One Review Section Two: Shoot Chapter 10 - Directing the Actor Chapter 11 - Below the Line Chapter 12 - All the Other Stuff Chapter 13 - Running the Set Section Two Review Section Three: Post Chapter 14 - Working with the Editor Chapter 15 - Working With the Post Supervisor Section Three Review Section Four: Being a Director Chapter 16 - Being a Director Chapter 17 - The Demands of the Job Chapter 18 - Getting Started Section Four Review Glossary