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Directing, 3rd Edition by Michael Rabiger

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CHAPTER 3

DEVELOPING YOUR STORY IDEAS

 

THE DEVELOPMENTAL PROCESS

Because a director is a leader responsible for the overall dramatic statement of a film, he or she must know how to choose a piece of writing for the screen and how to shape and develop it. This involves knowing how to critique, deconstruct, and reconstruct a chosen piece, and how to develop its full cinematic potential in collaboration with the writer. This is difficult until you know, as an insider, how writers think and work. In your early training as a director you should write your own scripts. This is excellent exposure to the basics of the screenwriter's craft, about which myths abound. There's no better way to understand something than by doing it.

You will discover that ...

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