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KEY TERMS: Glossary
Method for Directors?
ShowCases: 3 Sisters, Mikado, 12th Night, Hamlet, The Importance of Being Earnest, Dangerous Liaisons, Don Juan
prof. Anatoly Antohin Theatre UAF AK 99775 USA
PROCESS & PRODUCT
Director's Role and Responsibilities
Case Studies: Great films & Directors
Production is the killer!
Producing: To ensure an organized shoot, students must guide their film through a comprehensive pre-production period. Producing class takes them through the entire process of pre-production, including scouting and securing of locations and securing permits and cast. Using their script breakdowns, students learn how to plan and keep to a schedule and how to budget their productions. Students use their own finished scripts in class as they learn how to take advantage of budgeting and scheduling forms and methods. (NY Film Academy)
In the middle of everything... director!
There are several things I do not like about filmmaking, production is one of them. In fact, this is the one aspect that kill my interest in film directing. First, you have to be organized and disciplined. I am not organized and I love to change things all the time, which is a nightmare time for everybody who want things to be done. I have deadlines. (I am describing all the qualities film directors MUST have). Besides, I am too old for around-the-clock shooting schedule (an excuse), but if I need to write, I can't. You have to forget about everything, while in production.
There are even more serious reasons for disliking this period of production. It's getting more comercial every day, even in no-budget productions. Quite understandable; too many things cost too much, besides everybody begin to thing about the AFTER! Of course, actors want to be seen, they want to seen by everybody on Earth and beyond. I understand it. We are in America, where rich and famous are the same people; if you become famous, you are to be rich. The very thought of "selling" film, spoils everything for me. So, director should be tolerant to fame and money, to tours, meeting people and telling them that you got a masterpiece. Don't laugh, I am serious.
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I am a latecomer; there are better organized texts on the Internet -- for example:
DIRECTING 101 BY ERNEST PINTOFF TABLE OF CONTENTS PREFACE BY ERNEST PINTOFF vii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xi FOREWORD BY RAY GREENE xiii HOW MY CLASSES ARE CONDUCTED 1 SELECTING AND ACQUIRING MATERIAL 3 BUDGETING AND FINANCING 9 CASTING AND COMMUNICATING WITH ACTORS 13 CREW SELECTION 21 LOCATION 27 PRODUCTION PLANNING 31 FILMING TECHNIQUES 35 BLOCKING AND STAGING 41 DIRECTING SHORTS, COMMERCIALS AND MUSIC VIDEOS 47 MUSIC 51 POST PRODUCTION 55 PREPARING A SAMPLE REEL PITCHING 63 AGENTS AND DIRECTING ASSIGNMENTS 65 MINORITY FILM DIRECTORS 67 CONTEMPORARY FILMMAKERS 69 ARTICLES BY GRADUATES AND FILMMAKERS 77 OBSERVATIONS 115 RECOMMENDED BOOKS AND FILMS 117 GLOSSARY 119 STUDIES OFFERED IN FILM, TELEVISION AND VIDEO 147 BIBLIOGRAPHY 183 INDEX 187http://www.mwp.com/pdf/Directing101.pdf
"... If you are a student, do not overlook the value of studying the humanities, history, and social sciences. Absorbing technical and production skills should only be part of your education. Read and write as much as possible. I believe that sensitivity to people as well as an awareness of society and the world is essential. A career in movies or television may be extremely rewarding both creatively and financially, but getting the right foundation is half the battle." ERNEST PINTOFF"Each of my three-hour directing classes is preceded by a brief review of what aspiring filmmakers are accomplishing, either positively or negatively. Then, two students are given exactly one hour to complete an adapted scene in class. I suggest that students adapt material from accomplished writers whose work has not already been visualized on film.
Here is a sample from Vancouver Film School
Sample Classes: *Film Theory Intro to Documentaries *Directing *Elements of Story & Screenplay Basics of Design Intro to Budgeting & Scheduling Breakdowns *Cinematography Lighting Sound *Dramatic Scene Study *Short Subject Screenplay Producing Locations Script Supervising 16MM/DVCam AVID DV XPRESS Feature Film Writing Production Management The Discipline of Editing The Director/Producer Relationship Film Financing The Independent Producer Editor/Director RelationshipThe above is what you need to know; I marked the topics we will touch in our class.
Each group must have a producer!
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