Focal Press Book: Directors Tell the Story, 1st Edition

Focal Press Book: Directors Tell the Story, 1st Edition

Focal Press Book: Directors Tell the Story, 1st Edition

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Focal Press Book: Directors Tell the Story, 1st Edition

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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
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
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Subject Film, Video & TV Production
Author Bethany Rooney and Mary Lou Belli
Edition 1st
Hard/Soft Cover Paperback
Pages 328
ISBN Number ISBN-10: 0240818733, ISBN-13: 978-0240818733
Publisher Focal Press
Date Published August 22, 2011
Dimensions 8.9 x 6 x 0.9", 22.65 x 15.24 x 2.29
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.4 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.9 x 6.0 x 0.5"

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