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    Robert Gerst

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Make Film History: Rewrite, Reshoot, and Recut the World’s Greatest Films

by: Robert Gerst

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“Make Film History! is an entirely new concept: a read it learn it do it introduction to the movies. Make Film History! unleashes the filmmaker in you. Reading the book, you enter the history of movies by learning what great filmmakers of the past accomplished and how they did it. Working the webpage, you use simple hands-on filmmaking exercises and software already installed on your computer to introduce yourself to filmmaking by writing, shooting, cutting, and mixing as the great filmmakers did it. Make Film History! is both a book and a hands-on website. The book describes crucial moments when movies fundamentally changed. It explains how yesterday s great filmmakers live on today in contemporary films. On the website, simple hands-on exercises put you in the place of (or next to) great filmmakers as they solved filmmaking problems. You watch or second-guess or do it yourself as the building blocks of movies emerge. Make Film History! is for every movie lover who has ever asked, How did they do that? or ever said, I d like to make a movie, too! “

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Robert Gerst teaches film and literature at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where he chairs the Liberal Arts Department. He lives with his novelist wife in the Massachusetts house they first inhabited when their children were young. He has served, at various times, as documentary film cameraman and editor, alderman, newspaper columnist, Little League coach, sports writer, and financial officer in a retail corporation. His doctoral dissertation about an alchemist mistaken for a monarch expresses his view that imagination opens the door to reality. His book, Make Film History: Rewrite, Reshoot, and Recut The World's Greatest Movies shows how, with acts of imagination, you can make great movies live again and recreate movie history.
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“Make Film History! is an entirely new concept: a read it learn it do it introduction to the movies. Make Film History! unleashes the filmmaker in you. Reading the book, you enter the history of movies by learning what great filmmakers of the past accomplished and how they did it. Working the webpage, you use simple hands-on filmmaking exercises and software already installed on your computer to introduce yourself to filmmaking by writing, shooting, cutting, and mixing as the great filmmakers did it. Make Film History! is both a book and a hands-on website. The book describes crucial moments when movies fundamentally changed. It explains how yesterday s great filmmakers live on today in contemporary films. On the website, simple hands-on exercises put you in the place of (or next to) great filmmakers as they solved filmmaking problems. You watch or second-guess or do it yourself as the building blocks of movies emerge. Make Film History! is for every movie lover who has ever asked, How did they do that? or ever said, I d like to make a movie, too! “

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ISBN: 9781615931224
SKU: 106425864/Done
Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions
Publish Date: November 1, 2012
Page Count: 250

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    Ingenious! Professor Gerst is brilliant. He distills film history into 25 game-changing discoveries. Whether it’s Muybridge and intermittency or Murch and sound mixing, each advance is placed in historical context and then put at the center of a hands-on exercise for readers to try. Each practicum is cleverly designed to show us why pivotal innovations like montage or storyboarding were significant, and how to reproduce them. You don’t need to buy additional equipment to do the exercises. If you have a computer and an Internet connection, you’re good to go. Make Film History is a beautifully illustrated, instructive guide that makes some of the most awe-inspiring moments in film history easily reproducible for even the most novice of filmmakers. Highly recommended!

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    Skip film school. If you do all the exercises in this book, you’ll learn at least as much as you would at film school — at one-thousandth the price.

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    Whew! At last a book to re-awaken students and teachers of cinema studies and moviemaking.

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    Robert Gerst has written a one-of-a-kind book that brings alive the challenges of film directors over the evolution of moviemaking and inspires readers tocreate their own films sparked by the solutions to these challenges. Followingin the tradition of famous painters learning from imitating others, Make Film History will fire-up student filmmakers and re-energize and stimulate experienced filmmakers.

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    Robert Gerst has created a wonderful, and sometimes astonishing, new wayto study the history of movies and, at the same time, learn moviemaking tech-niques. The sum total is an exciting experience like no other book I’ve ever read.

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    A stunning accomplishment. Robert Gerst has transformed the story of filmhistory into a personal hands-on filmmaking experience. And that experience isunforgettable.Make Film History paints the vivid, colorful chronicle of cinema history in a totally new way.

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    Fascinating! A brilliant way to learn filmmaking and film history. Robert Gerst’s Make Film History is an instant classic. A must-have resource. I know of nothing like this book, anywhere. Congratulations Robert!

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    This book gives the filmmaker and film lover a remarkable opportunity to re-visitthe great classics of the cinema, gain fresh insights into the circumstances underwhich they were made, and test these new insights by actually handling the footage oneself! We hear a great deal about ‘new media cross-platform’ communication. Here’s an example that truly works.

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    A treasure trove of filmmaking in a book. Working with an easy-to-use website, this book takes you step by step into the filmmaking process, allowing you to work hands-on with film classics from the history of the cinema. A new kind of filmmaking learning experience.

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    Learning the techniques of filmmaking has just taken a great leap forward.Robert Gerst’s new book,Make Film History, combines the act of filmmaking(using your computer) and studying the work of many past masters of the film-making process to create a hands-on method for learning the reasons behind the techniques — by getting the student to ‘walk in their shoes.’ Amazing.