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On Film-Making: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director

On Film-Making: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director
Your Price: $19.00 CDN
Author: Alexander Mackendrick
Edited by: Paul Cronin
Foreword by: Martin Scorsese
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 336
Pub. Date: 2005
ISBN-10: 0571211259
ISBN-13: 9780571211258

About the Book:

An invaluable analysis of the director's art and craft, from one of the most revered of all film school directors.

After more than twenty years in the film industry as a screenwriter, storyboard editor, and director of memorable films such as The Ladykillers, Alexander 'Sandy' Mackendrick turned his back on Hollywood and began a new career as the Dean of one of the country's most demanding and influential film schools. His absolute devotion to the craft of filmmaking served as a powerful impetus to students at the California Institute for the Arts for almost twenty five years, with a teaching style that included prodigious notes, neatly crafted storyboards, and handouts containing excerpts of works by Kierkegaard, Aristotle, and others. At the core of Mackendrick's lessons lay a deceptively simple goal: to teach aspiring filmmakers how to structure and write the stories they want to tell, while using the devices particular to the medium of film to tell their stories effectively.

Mackendrick produced hundreds of pages of masterly handouts and sketches, designed to guide his students to a finer understanding of how to write a story, and then use those devices peculiar to cinema in order to tell that story as effectively as possible.

In this impressive volume, edited by Paul Cronin, the myriad materials that made Mackendrick's reputation as an instructor are collected for the first time, offering a chance for professionals as well as students to discover a methodology of filmmaking that is challenging yet refreshing in its clarity. Meticulously illustrated and drawing on examples from such classic films as North by Northwest, Citizen Kane<, and >Touch of Evil, Mackendrick's teachings reveal that he had the talent not only to make great films, but also to articulate the process with a clarity and insight that are sure to provide inspiration for a new generation of filmmakers.

What people say:

"Invaluable… I can easily imagine a college without a film program building a curriculum around these writings." — Martin Scorsese

About the Authors:

Alexander Mackendrick directed several films, including The Man in the White Suit, which earned him an Oscar Nomination for Screenwriting. He died in 1993.

Paul Cronin is the editor of Herzog on Herzog.