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Directing

Film Techniques and Aesthetics, 6th Edition

By Michael Rabiger, Mick Hurbis-Cherrier

Routledge

520 pages | 252 B/W Illus.

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Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics is a comprehensive exploration into the art and craft of directing for film and television. It’s filled with practical advice, essential technical information, and inspiring case studies for every stage of production. This book covers the methods, technologies, thought processes, and judgments that a director must use throughout the fascinating process of making a film, and concentrates on developing the human aspects of cinema to connect with audiences.

The fully revised and updated 6th edition features new sections on using improvisation, the development of characters for long form television series, visual design, the role of the digital imaging technician, film promotion and distribution, alongside expanded information on contemporary color grading tools, stylistic approaches and genre, workflows, blocking scenes for the camera and more. The book emphasizes independent and short form cinema which allows cutting-edge creativity and professionalism on shoestring budgets. Recognizing that you learn best by doing, it includes dozens of practical hands-on projects and activities to help you master technical and conceptual skills.

Just as important as surmounting technological hurdles is the conceptual and authorial side of filmmaking. This book provides an unusually clear view of the artistic process, particularly in working with actors and principle crew members. It offers eminently practical tools and exercises to help you develop your artistic identity, find credible and compelling stories, choose and work with your cast and hone your narrative skills. Directing shows you how to surpass mere technical proficiency and become a storyteller with a distinctive voice and style.

The accompanying companion website includes film analysis exercises, shooting projects, checklists and assignment forms, analytical questionnaires, updated production forms and logs for all phases of a project with links to additional resources and set safety advice.

Reviews

"This is a remarkable book and an invaluable reference for directors at all levels. Not only does it thoroughly explore the essential and enduring knowledge of the craft, the human connection to storytelling, but it also shows a director how to harness modern workflows and technology for maximum creative impact. It’s all there."

Sameh Zoabi, writer-director, Tel Aviv on Fire; Under the Same Sun; Professor New York University.

Praise for the previous edition

"This terrific new edition, updating the classic, is one of the most complete manuals for directing you'll find. It gives both a broad overview and a detailed investigation of the craft; an explanation of the technology as well as an exploration of cinematic language and aesthetics.

So take this guide, add your own passion for filmmaking, and you'll have a solid foundation for any movie you make." Nancy Savoca, director, Dogfight, Household Saints, 24 Hour Woman, and Union Square.

"While the basics of film aesthetics are well addressed, the value of this volume lies in its practical approach. Rabiger and Hurbis- Cherrier's firsthand experience allows them to describe the day- to- day of directing in simple, uncomplicated terms, appealing to both the novice and seasoned pro. . . The learning- by- doing method makes this across- the- board introduction accessible, practical and surprisingly entertaining."

DGA Quarterly, http://www.dga.org/Craft/

Praise for the fourth edition

"Michael Rabiger's book "Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics" is the gold standard. His attention to the artistry of directing, not merely the technical concerns, puts him in the first rank. Rabiger's taste, knowledge, and insight are even more finely honed in this new edition. For the novice or the seasoned pro, this book is a joy and a must."

Jared Rappaport, Chair of the Department of Cinema and Television Arts, California State University - Northridge

"As he has in previous editions of "Directing," Michael Rabiger continues to offer a complete and comprehensive overview of virtually all aspects of directing, from ideas to budgeting, from casting to editing. From my viewpoint there is no comparable book on the market."

Eric Swelstad, Department Chair - Media Arts, Los Angeles Valley College

"A comprehensive introduction to directing that focuses heavily on the interpersonal and organizational aspects of the craft….For those about to embark on their debut short or feature, Directing offers a thorough manual that keeps one from having to learn everything the hard way."

American Cinematographer

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Introduction

PART 1: THE DIRECTOR AND ARTISTIC IDENTITY

1 THE WORLD OF THE FILM DIRECTOR

2 DEVELOPING AS A DIRECTOR

PART 2: THE STORY AND ITS DEVELOPMENT

3 ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF DRAMA

4 SHAPING THE STORY INTO DRAMA

5 PLOT, TIME, AND STRUCTURE

PART 3: THE DIRECTOR AND THE SCRIPT

6 SCREENPLAY GROUND RULES

7 RECOGNIZING THE SUPERIOR SCREENPLAY

8 SCRIPT ANALYSIS AND DEVELOPMENT

PART 4: AUTHORSHIP AND AESTHETICS

9 CINEMATIC POINT OF VIEW

10 FORM AND STYLE

11 TONE, STYLE AND GENRE

PART 5: A DIRECTOR’S SCREEN GRAMMAR

12 FILM LANGUAGE

13 THE FRAME AND THE SHOT

14 THE MOVING CAMERA

15 LANGUAGE OF THE EDIT

16 THE HUMAN VANTAGE OF CINEMATIC LANGUAGE

PART 6: PREPRODUCTION

17 EXPLORING THE SCRIPT

18 CASTING

19 ACTING FUNDAMENTALS 227

20 DIRECTING ACTORS

21 REHEARSALS

22 ACTING EXERCISE

23 PLANNING THE VISUAL DESIGN

24 DEVELOPING THE SHOOTING SCRIPT

25 LINE PRODUCING AND LOGISTICS

PART 7: PRODUCTION

26 DEVELOPING A PRODUCTION CREW

27 THE DIRECTOR AND PRODUCTION TECH

28 ON SET: PRODUCTION BEGINS

29 DIRECTING ON THE SET

30 MONITORING CONTINUITY AND PROGRESS

PART 8: POSTPRODUCTION

31 POSTPRODUCTION OVERVIEW

32 EDITING BEGINS: GETTING TO KNOW THE FOOTAGE

33 THE ROUGH CUT

34 GETTING TO FINE CUT AND PICTURE LOCK

35 WORKING WITH MUSIC

36 THE FINISHING TOUCHES

37 GETTING IT OUT THERE

Filmography

Photograph and Illustration Acknowledgements

Index

About the Authors

Michael Rabiger has directed or edited over 35 films, was a founding faculty member and then Chair of the Film/Video Department at Columbia College Chicago, and has given workshops in over 23 countries. He is an Honorary Professor at Buenos Aires University, and a Fulbright Specialist. Rabiger is also the author of Developing Story Ideas and the enormously successful Directing the Documentary, both for Routledge/Focal Press.

Mick Hurbis-Cherrier teaches filmmaking at Hunter College in New York City. Professionally, he has worked as a screenwriter, director, cinematographer, and editor, and his films have garnered prizes at numerous festivals. He is the author of Voice & Vision: A Creative Approach to Filmmaking (Routledge/Focal Press), in its third edition.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PER004000
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General