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Picture Yourself Directing a Movie

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Have you always wanted to make your own movie, but weren't sure howto get started? Look no further-you hold in your hands the perfect guide for entering the exciting world of filmmaking. Picture Yourself Directing a Movie provides a step-by-step look at the fundamental directing techniques and principles you need to know to make your film idea a reality. Using an easy-to-follow format illustrated with numerous full-color photos, Picture Yourself Directing a Movie walks you through the process of effectively visualizing your script, composing quality shots, staging scenes, and working with actors. You'll also learn to tell your visual story with maximum impact through proper camera placement and movement. Unlike other books on filmmaking, Picture Yourself Directing a Movie steers clear of difficult-to-understand industry jargon and never gets overly technical. It's simply a guide to producing a quality amateur film from start to finish-with the added bonus that you're being taught the tricks of the trade by a successful Hollywood director and screenwriter!

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. About the Author
  3. Introduction
  4. 1. The Script—Your First Priority
    1. How to Get One
    2. Ideas
    3. Story Structure
    4. Story Outline
    5. Character
    6. Dialogue
    7. Screenplay Format
    8. Some Low-Budget Rules
    9. Summary
  5. 2. Getting Ready to Shoot
    1. Scheduling
    2. Budget
    3. Paperwork
    4. Locations
    5. Wardrobe and Makeup
    6. Food
    7. Equipment
    8. Summary
  6. 3. Casting
    1. Developing Character Descriptions
    2. Looking for Talent
    3. Auditions
      1. Callbacks
    4. Minors
    5. Extras
    6. Animals
    7. Summary
  7. 4. On Acting
    1. The Actor’s Life
    2. Types of Actors
    3. The Road to Good Acting
    4. Actors’ Needs and Fears
    5. Summary
  8. 5. Rehearsing Your Actors
    1. The First Read-Through
    2. Creating a Relaxed Atmosphere
    3. The Director-Actor Relationship
    4. Common Acting Problems and Solutions
    5. Improvisation
    6. Strengthening Character Relationships
    7. The Value of Using Your Sets
    8. Summary
  9. 6. The Shooting Script and Storyboards
    1. From Screenplay to Shooting Script
    2. Types of Shots
      1. EWS (Extreme Wide Shot)
      2. Wide Shot (WS)
      3. Medium Shot (MS)
      4. Close-Up (CU)
      5. Extreme Close-Up (ECU)
      6. Two Shot (TS)
      7. Over-the-Shoulder Shot (OSS)
      8. Low Angle
      9. High Angle
      10. Point-of-View Shot (POV)
      11. Dutch Angle
      12. Dolly Shot
      13. Crane Shot
      14. Following Shot
      15. Panning Shot
      16. Tilting Shot
      17. Zooming Shot
    3. Coverage
    4. Storyboards
    5. Summary
  10. 7. How to Compose Great Shots
    1. Learning to See with a Director’s Eye
    2. Positioning Your Subject
    3. Using Background and Foreground
    4. The Main Outline of Your Shot
    5. Tone and Contrast
    6. Giving Your Shots Depth
    7. Summary
  11. 8. Staging Scenes—The Basics
    1. Point of View—Whose Is It?
    2. Camera Placement
    3. Positioning Your Actors
    4. Lenses and Perspective
    5. Moving Your Camera
    6. Summary
  12. 9. Directing Your Cast and Crew
    1. Communication and Your Authority
    2. Actors First
    3. Managing Your Actors’ Tensions
    4. Be Organized
    5. Directing Actors on Set
    6. Firing Up a Stale Scene
    7. Dealing with Criticism
    8. Taking Care of Your People
    9. Communicating with Your Crew
    10. Measuring Progress and Quality
    11. Summary
  13. 10. Post-Production
    1. Picture Editing
    2. Basic Editing Techniques
    3. The Rough Cut and Beyond
    4. Showing Your Work-In-Progress
    5. Sound Editing
    6. Dialogue
    7. Sound Effects and Foley
    8. Music and Score
    9. Mixing
    10. Titles
    11. Summary
  14. A. Glossary
  15. B. Sample Script