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First Time Director: How to Make Your Breakthrough Movie

First Time Director: How to Make Your Breakthrough Movie
Your Price: $37.25 CDN
Author: Gil Bettman
Foreword by: Robert Zemeckis
Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 328
Pub. Date: 2003
ISBN-10: 0941188779
ISBN-13: 9780941188777

About the Book:

How to make your breakthrough movie.

First Time Director explains in precise, easy to understand language everything the emerging director needs to know before taking on his or her first professional assignment.

A first time director needs a survival guide, not an encyclopedia. Gil Bettman tells you everything you must know about the easy stuff — preproduction and postproduction — so you can convincingly discharge your duties as a director in those areas. More importantly, he arms you with the information and strategies to kill the demons that will be coming at you right and left on the set.

You'll learn how to:

• Perfect your script and cast
• Deal with your producer, cinematographer, First AD, editor and other key personnel
• Move your camera and choose lenses that will capture the images in your head
• Coax the best performance from any actor

First Time Director will enable you to pull form from chaos and make the best film possible no matter your resources.

What people say:

"Gil Bettman's First Time Director tells how to make a breakthrough movie, providing plenty of set keys and help which will prepare a director for a first-time production. From improving camera moves and work to lens selection and perspective choices and how to properly direct actors, this is filled with important guidelines." — Mid-West Book Review

"Gil Bettman offers a well constructed concept of his lecturing. The conclusion is that he owns an outstanding didactical gift…. By the students and my own experiences with Gil Bettman I feel no doubt to see him as a real enrichment for any film school." — Hark Bohm, Dean of Film Studies at the Hamburg (Germany) Media School

"A valuable book by an experienced director that demystifies filmmaking." — Irvin Kershner, Director: Star Wars V; The Empire Strikes Back, Never Say Never Again, Robocop II, The Eyes of Laura Mars, The Return of a Man Called Horse

"Bettman has brilliantly written a terrific insiders introduction to the film-making process." — John Badham, Director: Saturday Night Fever, War Games, Blue Thunder, Stakeout, Short Circuit, Bird on a Wire, Point of No Return, Drop Zone

"Until I picked up First Time Director, I had never read anything that went right to the heart of what a director must do to succeed. Gil Bettman has lucidly set down the ABCs of directing so that dedicated students can learn exactly what will be required of them when they step onto a set." — Robert Zemeckis, Academy Award-winning Directorr: Cast Away, What Lies Beneath, Contact, Forrest Gump, Back to the Future I, II & III, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Romancing the Stone

About the Author:

Gil Bettman is a Professor at the prestigious Chapman University Dodge College of Film and Media Arts in Orange County, California. With a degree from Harvard (with honours in English Literature), as well as an M.F.A. from UCLA, he has directed feature films, prime-time television and many top rock videos. For his book, First Time Director, he developed a unique, systematized and easy-to-grasp approach to the visual side of directing which he has been invited to teach at many of the top film schools in Europe and Asia.