On Film-Making: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director by Alexander Mackendrick. Edited and with an introduction by Paul Cronin. Though Alexander . The other thing—getting it on the screen—is the medium; film begins between the ears and under the hair of one. Mackendrick on Film is an educational project constructed around the film teachings of legendary pedagogue Alexander Mackendrick. Taking as its starting .

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The films of Alexander Mackendrick. Share this Rating Title: Eighth Grade breakout star Elsie Fisher shares what it was like landing her first Golden Globe nomination. Abner Rosenweig Top Contributor: Mackendrick had a alexanrer and lonely childhood. To the meat of the matter: There is a reason why you oj doing this.

Mackendrick often spoke of his dislike of the film industry and decided to leave the United Kingdom for Hollywood in An invaluable analysis of the director’s art and craft, from one of the most revered of all film school directors.

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In an interview [7] he said, “Hearing the lines, hearing the playing of the lines in your mind’s ears, and seeing the performance in your mind’s eye, mafkendrick the essence of filmmaking. Feb 10, Michael Valentine rated it it was amazing Shelves: The best book on filmmaking that I’ve ever read.

Jul 26, Tom Nittoli rated it it was amazing. If you can write legibly, Mackendrick argues that there’s no excuse for you to be “wholly inept” in your attempts to sketch the human form.


He died in This was a critically successful film about a press agent Tony Curtis who is wrapped up in a powerful newspaper columnist’s Burt Lancaster plot to end the relationship between his younger sister and a jazz musician.

Since this book is actually a compilation of Mackendrick’s teaching notes, we filmaking go into too much technical detail of any specific aspect of film making. Learn more about Amazon Prime. An introduction to the craft of the director, Mackendrick on Film is a structured ‘illustrated lecture’ that features never-before-seen footage of Mackendrick at work in the classrooms and studios of the California Institute of the Arts, new interviews with former students and colleagues, extracts from archived interviews with Mackendrick about his career as a teacher of cinema, rare photos, and a selection of filmmaklng student handouts, storyboards and sketches.

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On Filmmaking: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director by Alexander Mackendrick

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. There’s no clear rite of passage, no civil ceremony for those of us wedded to that wicked, perforated, shiny stuff. This book isn’t easy to grasp in all respects.

Sandy’s love for the craft and especially for the teaching of the craft is evident on every page. Thankfully, this isn’t one of them.

I especially loved Mackendrick’s section on screenwriting and his writing exercises and writing prompts. The book is somewhat like reading the pre-socratic philosophers–a great deal of wisdom but not much coherence or development.


After this, there’s a fantastic chapter on working with actors, taking the wise and often ignored stance that the director “must have respect for his actors”.

Mackendrick simply asked them to follow his formula as a “temporary exercise” which they would be “perfectly entitled to discard later”. Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

On Filmmaking: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director

Only a filmmaker who was there can truly tell you how a film came into being. However, Paul Cronin did a wonderful job of collecting Mackendrick’s wisdom. Jul 28, Patrick rated it it was amazing. There will xlexander be anything better than learning it directly from Sandy. Lots of good ideas and insights.

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See and discover other items: A Perspective on Film Alfxander, 2nd Edition. A very detailed, but clear and accessible account of all the elements of filmmaking. Overall, when I finished. A classic, great filmmaker talks about how to prepare and direct a movie.

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Do you have a demo reel? This entire book is basically dedicated to the art of storytelling through film. His father was a ship builder and a civil engineer.

Mar 12, Eric Abin rated it really liked it Shelves: So rewarding, timeless and resonant. Oct 29, Veronica rated it really liked it Shelves: