Directors Tell the Story: Master the Craft of Television and Film Directing

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  • Copyright: 2011-08-08
  • Publisher: Focal Press
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Directors Tell the Story#xA0;offers rare insight and advice straight from two A-list television directors whose credits include Monk, Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Weeds, and more. They direct dramas and comedies using the same process that Steven Spielberg (or any other movie director uses)-just with less money and time. Learn what it takes to become a director: master the technical aspects, appreciate aesthetic qualities, and practice leadership, all while exuding that "X" factor that distinguishes the excellent director from the merely good one. Covering everything from prep, the shoot, and post, the authors emphasize how aspiring directors can develop a creative vision-because without it, they are just technicians. Hands-on and practical, this book lets you not only read about the secrets of directors, it also includes exercises using original scripted material. The companion web site is also an integral part of the book. It includes over 30 minutes of high-quality video demonstrating directing techniques and behind-the-scenes activity. It also features scenes from the authors' own TV shows, along with the scripts, shot lists, and other materials that made the scenes possible. * Highly experienced Hollywood directors share inside information about what it really takes to be a director, giving the advice that readers covet * Covers everything a director needs to know: the creative vision, how to translate script into a visual story, establishing the look and feel, selecting and leading a crew, coaching actors, keeping a complex operation on time and on budget, overseeing the edit, and troubleshooting through the whole shoot. * "Insider Info" sections feature interviews, advice, and tips from film and TV luminaries whose productions include Private Practice, Monk, Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives, The Informant, American Beauty, and more! * Hands-on exercises help you understand and master the craft of directing

Author Biography

Bethany Rooney has directed over one hundred and fifty episodes of prime-time network shows, including Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Brothers and Sisters, Castle, and Private Practice. For cable television, she has directed in Plain Sight, Weeds, and Drop Dead Diva. Mary Lou Belli is an Emmy Award winning producer, writer, and director as well as the author of two books. Most recently she directed Monk starring Emmy award winner Tony Shalhoub and The Wizards of Waverly Place on the Disney Channel; on the CW she directed The Game.

Table of Contents

Dedicationp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
About the Authorsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Breaking Down the Script for Storyp. 3
Breaking Down the Script for Characterp. 15
Castingp. 23
Production Designp. 35
Organizing the Shoot with the First Assistant Directorp. 49
Sharing the Visionp. 65
Blocking and Shot Listing, Part Onep. 77
Blocking and Shot Listing, Part Twop. 93
Scouting Locationsp. 115
Section One Reviewp. 125
Directing the Actorp. 129
Below the Linep. 145
All the Other Stuffp. 167
Running the Setp. 181
Section Two Reviewp. 195
Working with the Editorp. 199
Working with the Post Supervisorp. 215
Section Three Reviewp. 225
Being a Director
Being a Directorp. 229
The Demands of the Jobp. 237
Getting Startedp. 247
Section Four Reviewp. 261
Appendixp. 263
Glossaryp. 279
Indexp. 297
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