Everything I Know About Filmmaking I Learned Watching Seven Samurai


A handbook for directors, screenwriters, and editors, and a guide for all curious lovers of cinema.

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, one of cinema’s most superb and influential achievements, Richard D. Pepperman presents this elegant book as a master class, and illustrates, with beautiful strokes of insight, how and why this film has inspired generations of filmmakers.



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Meet The Author

Richard Pepperman has worked in film for a half century. His credits include work as an editor, postproduction supervisor, and consultant on features, documentaries, industrials, music videos, and commercials.

Richard’s film collaborations have been official selections to many international festivals, including: Aspen, Berlin, Cannes, the Hamptons, Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic), London, Montreal, Munich, Rotterdam, Sitges (Barcelona), Tel Aviv, Tokyo, and Toronto.

Richard is the author of The Eye is Quicker: Film Editing; Making a Good Film Better (2004); Setting Up Your Scenes: The Inner Workings of Great Films (2005); Film School: How to Watch DVDs and Learn Everything About Filmmaking (2008); and Illuminations: Memorable Movie Moments (2010), a finalist for the 2011 Best Moving Image Book Award, and selected to the permanent collection of Britain s National Media Museum.