Film Directing Fundamentals gives the novice director an organic methodology for realizing on-screen the full dramatic possibility of a screenplay. Unique among directing books, Nicholas Proferes provides clear-cut ways to translate a script to the screen. Using the script as a blueprint, the reader is led through specific techniques to analyze and translate its components into a visual story. A sample screenplay is included that explicates the techniques discussed. Written for both students and entry-level professionals, the book assumes no knowledge and introduces basic concepts and terminology. Appropriate for screenwriters, aspiring directors and filmmakers, Film Directing Fundamentals helps filmmakers bring their story to life on screen.
This fourth edition is updated with a new foreword by Student Academy Award-winner Jimmy Keyrouz, who studied with author Nicholas Proferes, as well as an enhanced companion website by Laura J. Medina, available at www.routledge.com/cw/proferes, which features new supplemental material for both instructors and students, including two new analyses of contemporary films—Wendy and Lucy (2008) and Moonlight (2016)—study questions, suggested assignments and exercises, as well as the instructor’s manual written by Proferes in 2008.
"Just bring your talent, add a touch of luck, and the rest you will find in this book."
—Milos Forman, Film Director, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Amadeus (1984), The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
"Nick Proferes doesn't tell you how to direct, which would be as silly as telling you what to direct. Instead, he does something much more valuable: He explains how directors actually think their way though the job."
—James Schamus, Associate Professor of Film at Columbia University, Producer and Screenwriter, The Ice Storm (1997), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
"Film Directing Fundamentals was a particularly useful textbook when I was a student learning filmmaking techniques for the first time, and I have continued to use the book as a professor of film and video studies. This important text will influence the next generations of student filmmakers and film professors."
—Thomas Britt, Associate Professor, Film and Video Studies, George Mason University
"I taught with Nic at Columbia University for nearly 28 years before I moved to American University, and I've always admired his excellent teaching and mentorship of students. When he first published the book I immediately adopted it and have used each edition ever since. The pedagogy and insight that he brings to the critical skill of directing helps not only students but all filmmakers. I’ve worked on more than 250 projects over 40 years of teaching and filmmaking, and I apply his techniques professionally as well as in the classroom."
—Larry Engel, Filmmaker, Associate Professor, School of Communication, American University, Washington DC
Part One: INTRODUCTION
Chapter 1: Introduction to Film Language and Grammar
Chapter 2: Introduction to the Dramatic Elements Embedded in the Screenplay
Chapter 3: Organizing Action in a Dramatic Scene
Chapter 4: Staging
Chapter 5: Camera
Chapter 6: Camera in NOTORIOUS Patio Scene
Part Two: MAKING YOUR FILM
Chapter 7: Detective Work On Scripts
Chapter 8: Staging and Camera For The Piece Of Apple Pie
Chapter 9: Marking Shooting Script With Camera Setups
Chapter 10: Work With Actors
Chapter 11: Managerial Responsibilities of the Director
Chapter 12: Postproduction
Part Three: ORGANIZING ACTION IN AN ACTION SCENE
Chapter 13: Staging and Camera for Over Easy Action Scene
Part Four: ORGANIZING ACTION IN A NARRATIVE SCENE
Chapter 14: Staging and Camera for Wanda Narrative Scene
Part Five: LEARNING THE CRAFT THROUGH FILM ANALYSIS
Chapter 15: Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious
Chapter 16: Peter Weir's The Truman Show
Chapter 17: Federico Fellini's 8 1/2
Chapter 18: Styles And Dramatic Structures
Chapter 19: What's Next?