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The hardest job in the industry, directing demands powerful personalities with determined visions. Get access to the processes of directors including US legends Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, and Woody Allen, cerebral Canadian iconoclast David Cronenberg, the genius Coen Brothers, first female Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, French masters Bertrand Tavernier and Olivier Assayas, and brilliant Asian stylists Wong Kar-wai and Johnnie To. Whether a director writes their films (like Mike Leigh or Allen, employing unique styles of dialogue and characterization) or creates inimitable visual and tonal styles which unmistakably mark his films (like Pedro Almodovar, David Lynch, or Tim Burton), see how directing requires an unwavering creative vision. This book gives you a view into the director's psyche. Discussions with the world's most notable filmmakers, giving insights into professional practice, working relationships, and influences Sidebars featuring practical advice on topics that filmmakers can apply to their own work Interview-based format with perspectives from the greats appeals to non-practitioner film lovers