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On Film-Making: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director by Alexander Mackendrick. Edited and with an introduction by Paul Cronin. Though Alexander . The other thing—getting it on the screen—is the medium; film begins between the ears and under the hair of one. Mackendrick on Film is an educational project constructed around the film teachings of legendary pedagogue Alexander Mackendrick. Taking as its starting .

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His writing style is a wonderful mixture of co-conspiratorial musing and succinct commands. One of the most distinguished if frequently overlooked directors ever to emerge from the British film industry, Mwckendrick Mackendrick, was in fact born in the US to Scottish parentsbut grew up in his native Scotland, where he studied at the Glasgow School of Art.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Set up a giveaway. Anyone at all interested in the technical aspects of filmmaking should read it, but in fact the most incisive chapters are those on An incredible text by a master, honest enough to acknowledge the limitations of such a book at the same time as being the most comprehensive yet concise guide to filmmaking I have read.

Jul 28, Patrick rated it it was amazing. This was a critically successful film about a press agent Tony Curtis who is wrapped up in a powerful newspaper columnist’s Burt Lancaster plot to end the relationship between his younger sister and a jazz musician.


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Today, the consensus is that Mackendrick is one of the finest of all British film directors. I have no talent for that Instead, he offers up the accumulated wisdom of a disciplined and productive career.

Between andMackendrick scripted five cinema commercials.

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. The best book on filmmaking that I’ve ever read. As a bonus there’s a chapter called “Drawing Lesson”. The other thing—getting it on the screen—is the medium; film begins between the ears and under the hair of one character, and ends between the ears and under the scalpel of the audience.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. MacKendrick has a humorous but nurturing tone in his writing that makes the book an easy read. You must be a registered user to use the Mackednrick rating plugin. And the section begins with this sentence: This book gave me a new appreciation the amount of time, energy, and thought it takes on the part of the director.

Jan 06, Jose Acevedo rated it really liked it. It’s like the textbook you fil,making you’d had earlier; but as Mackendrick says, “Work is the only real training”.


On Filmmaking: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director by Alexander Mackendrick

Eighth Grade breakout star Elsie Fisher shares what it was like landing her first Golden Globe nomination. Retrieved from ” https: Explore the Home Gift Guide. Oct 29, Jack rated it it was ok. Use the HTML below. You need to be able to draw your idea of a medium long shot, and he shows you how. I have read a lot of filmmaking and film theory books, and this is one of the best.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. There’s a lot of smart insider tips about working with actors and developing your directing skills.

It gives detailed illustrations and instructions, breaking down the process in simple terms that beginners can understand. I cherish all the memories I have of his teaching. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and filmmakung definitely take it out to re-read parts in the future. The films of Alexander Mackendrick.