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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If you ever wished that you had studied film at CalArts, read this book. Mackendrick had a sad and lonely childhood.

Part one covers dramatic construction, with an enjoyable section entitled “Slogans for the Screenwriter’s Wall”. He stayed with the school until he died of pneumonia inaged Apr 08, James rated it really liked it.

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There are many books in this genre that are basically marketed as a checklist of “things you must do in order to make a movie.

Apr 27, James Lark rated it it was amazing. Now I need to see it again! Share your thoughts with other customers. With this foundation laid, they studied cinematic devices and learnt how to take an idea, process it, and redeliver it to an audience as an effective narrative. In he returned to the United States after being made Dean of the film school of the California Institute of the Artsgiving up the position in to become a professor at the school.

Showing of 48 reviews. On the other hand, I remember reading a book that analyzed the brilliance of “Annie Hall’s” script and then subsequently reading another book by Allen’s editor, Ralph Rosenblum, that talked about how the film was 9 hours long and had no story, and how Rosenblum basically created the film in the editing room. Read more Read less. Oct 11, Vytautas Abromaitis rated it it was amazing.


Boston, MassachusettsU. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. His writing style is a wonderful mixture of co-conspiratorial musing and succinct commands. If you wanna read a how-to-make-a-movie book, this is it.

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Set up a giveaway. It’s all beautifully illustrated by Mackendrick.

He was the cousin of the Scottish writer Roger MacDougall. View all 4 comments. Mafkendrick thorough book on what it entails to write and direct for film. He later reflected that his work in the advertising industry was invaluable, in spite of his extreme dislike of the industry itself.

There’s a lot of smart insider tips about working with actors and developing your directing skills. Mackendrick often spoke of his dislike of the film industry and decided to leave the United Kingdom for Hollywood in Mackendrick on Film 7. Jul 28, Courtney LeMay rated alexader liked it. Wikiquote has quotations related to: I have read maxkendrick lot of filmmaking and film theory books, and this is one of the best.

It is essentially a Masters Thesis by a Master. One person found this helpful.

Why wasn’t part of our curriculum at NYU? I decided the book was worth keeping macknedrick reference. Whether you use this book to help you reflect on your working practice filmmakinh see it as an enjoyable insight into the development and execution of a film idea, there’s a great deal packed into these pages. He felt it was vital that the screenwriter understand, at the most fundamental level, the medium he is writing for.


Want to Read saving…. Perhaps the book’s richness ln from the fact that Mackendrick did not intend it as his definitive comment on directing. Nominated for 1 Oscar. Tomislav rated it liked it May 11, Make notes in this as you read if you really want to become a better filmmaker–it will change how you approach a story, the camera, and performance.

The other thing—getting it on the screen—is the medium; film begins between the ears and under the hair of one character, and ends between the ears and under the scalpel of the audience. Mackendrick suffered from severe emphysema for many years and as a result, was unable to go home to Europe during much of his time at the college.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Edit Cast Credited cast: Himself Tom Pevsner Michael Pressman All you have to do is watch “The Sweet Smell of Success” to see that Alexander MacKendrick has a Probably the best book I’ve seen that attempts to give an overview of the entire film-making process.

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