Foreword to the 4th Edition

“It’s all about tears and laughter”. The first time I heard that saying, I was sitting in Nick Proferes’ directing 4 class at Columbia University. As he emphasized on the importance of our role as filmmakers, storytellers and especially directors in engaging an audience, I started looking at my approach to a film with a fresh eye. The big question is how? How do we create a memorable experience for an audience? How do we tell a story in a cinematic way? How do we turn psychology into behaviors? Film Directing Fundamentals provides a lot of answers to these questions.

First, the book offers a basic and necessary directing methodology that is crucial to every film director. Camera placement, lenses, composition and ...

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