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An Improvised Life
An Improvised Life
Paperback      ISBN: 030681966x

Alan Arkin knew he was going to be an actor from the age of five: "Every film I saw, every play, every piece of music fed an unquenchable need to turn myself into something other than what I was." An Improvised Life is the Oscar winner's wise and unpretentious recollection of the process--artistic and personal--of becoming an actor, and a revealing look into the creative mind of one of the best practitioners on stage or screen. In a manner that is direct, down-to-earth, accessible, and articulate, Arkin reveals insights not only about himself (and his audience and students), but also truths for the rest of us about work, relationships, and sense of self.

Bresson on Bresson: Interviews, 1943-1983
Bresson on Bresson
Interviews, 1943-1983
Hardcover      ISBN: 1681370441

Robert Bresson, the director of such cinematic master-pieces as Pickpocket, A Man Escaped Mouchette, and L'Argent, was one of the most influential directors in the history of French film, as well as one of the most stubbornly individual: He insisted on the use of nonprofessional actors; he shunned the "advances" of Cinerama and Cinema-Scope (and the work of most of his predecessors and peers); and he minced no words about the damaging influence of capitalism and the studio system on the still-developing--in his view--art of film. Bresson on Bresson collects the most significant interviews that Bresson gave (carefully editing them before they were released) over the course of his forty-year career to reveal both the internal consistency and the consistently exploratory character of his body of work. Successive chapters are dedicated to each of his fourteen films, as well as to the question of literary adaptation, the nature of the sound track, and to Bresson's one book, the great aphoristic treatise Notes on the Cinematograph. Throughout, his close and careful consideration of his own films and of the art of film is punctuated by such telling mantras as "Sound...invented silence in cinema," "It's the film that...gives life to the characters--not the characters that give life to the film," and (echoing the Bible) "Every idle word shall be counted." Bresson's integrity and originality earned him the admiration of younger directors from Jean-Luc Godard and Jacques Rivette to Olivier Assayas. And though Bresson's movies are marked everywhere by an air of intense deliberation, these interviews show that they were no less inspired by a near-religious belief in the value of intuition, not only that of the creator but that of the audience, which he claims to deeply respect: "It's always ready to feel before it understands. And that's how it should be."

The Big Swap
The Big Swap
Paperback      ISBN: 1901680185

This book contains the full screenplay for the controversial 1998 UK film. Written, directed, and produced by one of Britain's "new wave" directors, Niall Johnson, "The Big Swap" paints an emotive and erotically charged picture of thirtysomething couples caught up in events moving beyond their control when they indulge in the emotional minefield of wife-swapping.

A Quick Guide to Film Directing
A Quick Guide to Film Directing
Paperback      ISBN: 0879108061

A Quick Guide to Film Directing provides the reader with a concise and comprehensive overview of this creative and exciting occupation. Written in a fast-paced, easy-to-understand fashion, the book addresses such topics as what film direction is; the history of the profession; how to become a director; the creative and practical duties and challenges of a film director in the three stages of making a movie (preproduction, production, and postproduction); working with actors; working with the members of the technical crew (cinematographers, editors, production designers, etc.); the director's support team (assistant director, production manager, and so on); and the business of being a film director. It also offers a brief look at some of the greatest and most influential film directors in the history of the cinema.

Finding Funds for Your Film or TV Project: The Most Effective Strategies to Use for Different Types of Films and Budgets
Finding Funds for Your Film or TV Project
The Most Effective Strategies to Use for Different Types of Films and Budgets
Paperback      ISBN: 0879108789

Finding Funds for Your Film or TV Project includes a complete overview of the many different ways to get funds for your film - from preparing the materials you need, such as business plans, private placement memorandums, trailers, sizzle reels, and crowd-funding pitches - to how to make effective presentations to prospective funders, from as family members, friends, and business associates, to angels, private investors, established producers, and film financiers. Scott provides a comprehensive introduction to the many options for fund-raising, and includes information on how to prepare the materials necessary, from business plans and Private Place Memorandums to video and PowerPoint presentations to using crowd-funding techniques. Covered are these key topics: - The overall film industry and trends in film production - Deciding what to produce, preparing a script or treatment, determining your needed cast and crew, and coming up with a rough estimate of your budget - Putting together the needed documents, including creating a schedule and budget, preparing a producer package, business plan, and private placement memorandum - Creating a crowd-funding campaign - Developing a trailer and sizzle reel - Creating your marketing and promotional materials and getting a publicity buzz going - Developing and presenting your pitch to prospective investors - Closing the deal and getting your money

How to Shoot a Movie and Video Story: The Technique of Pictorial Continuity
How to Shoot a Movie and Video Story
The Technique of Pictorial Continuity
Paperback      ISBN: 0871002396

Guides the film maker in creating related motion-picture sequences to provide logical continuity

Writing the Romantic Comedy, 20th Anniversary Expanded and Updated Edition: The Art of Crafting Funny Love Stories for the Screen
Writing the Romantic Comedy, 20th Anniversary Expanded and Updated Edition
The Art of Crafting Funny Love Stories for the Screen
Paperback      ISBN: 0062950266

"Writing the Romantic Comedy is so much fun to read it could pop a champagne cork."--Alexa Junge, writer and producer of Friends

Revised and expanded to celebrate a new generation of romantic comedies, Billy Mernit's insightful look into the mechanics of writing Hollywood's most enduring genre features case studies that reveal the screenwriting secrets behind classics new and old.

Whether you're a first-time screenwriter, an intermediate marooned in the rewriting process, or a professional wanting to explore the latest genre trends, this thoroughly charming and insightful guide to the basics of crafting a winning and innovative script will take you step by step from "meet cute" all the way to "joyous defeat." You'll learn the screenwriting secrets behind some of the funniest scenes ever written; how to create characters and dialogue that getsparks flying; why some bedroom scenes sizzle and others fall flat; and much more.

Written in a refreshingly accessible style and updated and expanded to recognize the contributions of a fresh generation of romantic comedies, this newly revised 20th Anniversary edition of Writing the Romantic Comedy features case studies drawn from beloved romantic classics such as When Harry Met Sally, Annie Hall, Tootsie, and The Lady Eve to modern-day favorites including Hitch, (500) Days of Summer, Bridesmaids, and Silver Linings Playbook. Field-tested writing exercises are also included, guaranteed to short-circuit potential mistakes and ensure inspiration.

The Independent Filmmaker's Guide: Make Your Feature Film for $2 000
The Independent Filmmaker's Guide
Make Your Feature Film for $2 000
Paperback      ISBN: 0879104236

Award-winning independent filmmaker Glenn Berggoetz shares all he knows about making a marketable feature film for $2 000. While most books on independent filmmaking talk about how to make a film with a budget of anywhere from $50 000 to half a million dollars or more, the reality of the indie film world is that most filmmakers rarely have more than a few thousand dollars at their disposal for making their film. This book is written specifically for those filmmakers, and for filmmakers who would typically waste years trying to raise tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars to make their film simply because they're not aware that there's another, more efficient way to go about it.

Hello, He Lied
Hello, He Lied
Paperback      ISBN: 0767900413

"Never go to a meeting without a strategy." "Ride the horse in the direction it's going." These are just two of the gems unearthed from the trenches of Hollywood by Lynda Obst, one of the most successful producers in the movie business today. In Hello, He Lied, Obst offers real, practical advice to would-be professionals in any field: "Thou shalt not cry at work," "thou shalt not appear tough," "thou shalt return all thy phone calls," and more. She takes us inside high-pressure meetings with David Geffen, onto the set of Sleepless in Seattle, and into the heated negotiations for The Hot Zone and reveals what she's learned in more than twenty years in the business: how to swim with the sharks--and not get eaten.

Clerks and Chasing Amy: Two Screenplays
Clerks and Chasing Amy
Two Screenplays
Paperback      ISBN: 0786882638

In "Clerks," two convenience store employees discuss their philosophies while waiting on customers; and in "Chasing Amy," a comic book creator pursues a romantic relationship with a lesbian