Dialog is one of the best known, and obvious, elements in a film. But the language of cinema is more subtle and sophisticated than dialog alone. From Metropolis to Kill Bill, this remarkable reference guide reveals 100 of the most potent storytelling tools of the medium, compelling cinematic devices beyond dialog for screenwriters and directors to pump up action, develop characters and energize a motion picture’s plot.
Here’s what you’ll learn:
17 basic building blocks of cinematic language
100 examples of cinematic techniques that create layering and more powerful scenes
100 definitions of cinematic tools
How to use sound, picture and camera motion as storytelling devices
How to show character change without using dialog
How filmmakers marry story and technique
All this and more illustrated by over 500 frame grabs and 76 script excerpts from the most memorable moments in film history.
The mastery of cinematic storytelling unites all successful film artists who share a fluency in the sight, sound and motion of movies. If you want to take your screenplay or your film appreciation to a higher level, this book will get you there.
He’s made millions of dollars selling screenplays. Now “one of Hollywood’s most successful spec screenwriters” tells all in this fast, funny and candid look inside the movie business. Save the Cat is just one of many iron-clad rules for making your ideas more marketable and your script more satisfying and saleable, including:
This ultimate insider’s guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a showbiz veteran who’s proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat.
Building Conflict in Your Script.
“My writing partners are Freud, Jung and Campbell…who are you working with now?”
Hitchcock once said: “Drama is just human life with all the boring parts cut out.”
This book will help you tap into these great psychological resources to learn how to write and reflect real human drama.
William Indick, who lives in Brooklyn, NY, is a screenwriter, author and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Dowling College.
The film director is the guide, the inspiration, the focus that can shepherd hundreds of artists into the creation of a single work of art. The challenge is to collaborate effectively to realise a single vision. This book takes the reader step-by-step into the process of film-making, including reading scripts to find their core, determining vision and then communicating with writers, actors, designers, cinematographers, editors, composers and all the members of the creative team so that the vision reaches the screen.
Cinematic Motion has helped directors create a personal camera style and master complex staging challenges for over a decade. Since digital technology has revolutionized filmmaking, this second edition adds chapters on digital visualization and script breakdown.
The book uses extensive illustrations to explain how to create extended sequence shots, elaborate moving camera choreography and tracking shots with multiple story points. Interviews with top Hollywood craftspeople demonstrate how to bring sophisticated ideas to life. Readers will be able to follow links to the MWP website and interact with the author’s original storyboards, built in 3D with the latest storyboard software.
Steven D. Katz, who lives in New York, is an award-winning filmmaker and writer. He is also the author of Shot by Shot, the now classic text on cinematic style and technique.
Did you ever want to know how to apply simple and practical work techniques to all that film editing theory? Here is an authentic ‘How To Guide’ to make you a better editor of film or video. This is the most comprehensive book on the principles, methods and strategies vital to the creative art of film editing.
The information presented in The Eye is Quicker is adaptable to all tools and technologies. This vibrant approach to teaching editing uses dozens of examples from a wide array of films with terrific sequences. Pepperman makes clear what is constant in all great work and gives you all the tips you need to achieve your own greatness.
The Eye is Quicker: Film Editing: Making A Good Film Better is indispensable for screenwriters, directors and, of course, film and video editors.
How to make your breakthrough movie.
A first time director needs a survival guide, not an encyclopedia. Gil Bettman tells you everything you must know about the easy stuff — preproduction and postproduction — so you can convincingly discharge your duties as a director in those areas. More importantly, he arms you with the information and strategies to kill the demons that will be coming at you right and left on the set.
You’ll learn how to:
This book will enable you to pull form from chaos and make the best film possible —no matter your resources.
This book is an invaluable and inspirational material for the film, television and theatre professional. It helps directors, actors, writers, designers, producers and executives tap into the imagination and instincts, which will help them create the films they always dreamed of. Weston's first book, Directing Actors, is on reading lists of all the major film schools and film studios, and on the bookshelves of working directors in Hollywood and around the world.
With sound becoming more important in cinema exhibition and DVD release, this book offers user-friendly knowledge and stimulating exercises to help compose a story, develop characters and create emotion through skilful creation of the sound track. Psychoacoustics, music theory, voice study and analysis of well-known films expand perception, imagination and the musical skills of the reader.
This groundbreaking book takes the reader behind the closed doors of the editing room where Sam O’Steen along with some of the world’s top directors controlled the fate of many legendary films. Editors don’t usually sit on movie sets, but Sam was there through the entire shoot and his editing tales are spiced with juicy anecdotes about exotic locations and colorful producers, directors, and stars.
The book shares his editing tales spiced with juicy anecdotes about exotic locations, colorful producers, dynamic directors and Hollywood’s biggest stars such as Jack Nicholson, Paul Newman and Liz Taylor. As told to Bobbie O’Steen (Sam’s wife and assistant editor), who works in New York as a successful writer and editor.
An analysis of over 50 US and foreign films in every cinematic genre, including drama, westerns, horror, action-adventure, romance, comedy, romantic comedy, suspense-thriller and fantasy-science fiction. It reveals why some films continue to touch and connect with audiences.
When George Lucas created the world of Star Wars over 25 years ago, he also inspired an alternative world inhabited by the “Original” Flying Toasters, Deadly Waffle Irons and Hot Cinnamon Buns. A world called Hardware Wars.
Michael Wiese Productions, producer of the critically acclaimed, award-winning 1977 short, Hardware Wars (which Lucas calls “my favorite spoof”), is making history once again. The Original Hardware Wars DVD: The Collector’s Edition was released on April 23rd, 2002 — just in time for the release of Star Wars – Episode II (purely a coincidence).
This is the acknowledged granddaddy of all Star Wars parodies and the ONLY film to feature flying, battling steam-iron spaceships and Digi Redo 8.2 sound! It’s time you were reunited with your old friends and fiends like Fluke Starbucker, Augie Ben Doggie, Princess Anne-Droid, Ham Salad and the evil Darth Nader!
Today, the Farce is back, packed with new laughs and surprises from its creator Ernie Fosselius – a fully-loaded DVD!
One hour of hilarious material includes: