Part One

Learning How to Draw

Excitement, passion, surprise, beauty — these are the things I think about when making a film, and these are the things my students think about. They cannot be realized unless the director's vision is wedded to a firm grasp of the directing craft. With that end in mind, this book sets out to introduce you to the conceptual aspects of this craft, and to offer a step-by-step methodology that will take you from the screenplay to the screen.

This second edition has benefited from the many questions I am still asked by students concerning the implementation of this methodology, so that I have endeavored here to be as clear as I ask my directing students to be. I have rearranged the material from the first edition, and ...

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