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The Power of Film

The Power of Film by Howard Suber The Power of Film
Your Price: $37.25 CDN
Author: Howard Suber
Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 456
Pub. Date: 2006
ISBN-10: 1932907173
ISBN-13: 9781932907179

About the Book:

In the The Power of Film America's most distinguished film professor provides the definitive A to Z course on the intricacies of film. Each entry in this remarkable book, which represents a lifetime of teaching film, has already inspired and educated several generations of Hollywood's greatest filmmakers and writers.

The Power of Film by Howard Suber examines the patterns and principles that make films popular and memorable, and will be useful both for those who want to create films and for those who just want to understand them better.

What people say:

"The Power of Film offers up a UCLA film school teacher's definitive A-Z course on the motion picture, covering all the basic elements of the best films: chaos, power struggles, cute, opposites and more themes. Each entry by subject receives an analysis which cuts to the quick of successful production approaches, offering a synthesis of the psychological and technical sources which elevate a film from mediocre to successful, and using examples from the film industry. College-level film students, in particular, will find this absorbing and revealing — and a 'must have' substitute for journeying to UCLA to attend one of Suber's popular, sold-out courses." — Mid-West Book Review

"A very interesting look at story writing for the screen or novel, and a great overview of how to structure a story." — Howard Kazanjian, Producer: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Raiders of the Lost Ark

"Howard Suber's understanding of film storytelling fills the pages of this wise, liberating book. Much of it is surprisingly contrary to what 'everyone knows'." — Francis Ford Coppola, 5-time Oscar winner, Director: The Godfather Trilogy, Apocalypse Now

"For years students in Howard Suber's legendary classes at UCLA begged him to write a book. Now that he has delivered it, filmmakers, scholars and anyone else with a serious interest in film can rejoice. A fascinating and thought-provoking work." — Alexander Payne, Director: About Schmidt

"What Aristotle did for drama, Howard Suber has now done for film. This is a profound and succinct book that is miraculously fun to read." — David Koepp, Screenwriter: War of the Worlds, Spider-Man, Mission Impossible, Jurassic Park

About the Author:

Howard Suber has taught more than 65 different courses in 40 years at UCLA's celebrated film school. He was the founder and director of the university's program in film history, theory, and criticism; the UCLA Film Archive; and the UCLA Film and Television Producers Program. The recipient of both a Distinguished Teaching Award and a Life Achievement Award, Suber has been a consultant to every major film studio, and his former students are currently active throughout the world.