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The Director's Idea by Ken Dancyger

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Chapter 5

The Great Director

  • The great director looks for a deep subtextual interpretation of the text.
  • The great director is passionate about character and narrative.
  • The great director prefers a direct approach to the material, a simple approach, an economical approach.
  • The subtextual interpretation drives performance and camera choices.
  • The audacity of the interpretation transforms the experience from simple to surprising.
  • The great director is very assertive about expressing his voice.
  • The same can be said about the style of the film; it is unusually distinctive.

What differentiates the great director from the good director is the business of this chapter. To recap, the good director adds value to a project. Using the narrative tools of ...

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