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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In this impressive volume, edited by Paul Cronin, the myriad materials that made Mackendrick’s reputation as an instructor are collected for the first time, offering a chance for professionals as well as students to discover a methodology of filmmaking that is challenging yet refreshing in its clarity. He was born on 8 September the only child of Francis and Martha Mackendrick who had emigrated to the United States from Glasgow in He doesn’t soft soap his audience with advice to lie back and let their inner child do the work.

So rewarding, timeless and resonant. Alexander Mackendrick September 8, — December 22, was an American born Scottish director and teacher. This is practical, on set information, and I found his commentary incredibly helpful.

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Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. For instance, he shows the script of “Sweet Smell of Success” before and after Clifford Odets helped him revise macmendrick, showing the improvements. MacKendrick has a humorous but nurturing tone in his writing that makes the book an easy read. Jan 19, David Breedlove rated it really liked it. Refresh and try again.


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Tomislav rated it liked it May 11, We get bits and pieces, anecdotes, into the art of screenwriting and directing. I decided the filmmakiny was worth keeping for reference.

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Add it to your IMDbPage. In alxeander early s, MacKendrick moved to London to work as an art director for the advertising firm J. Feb 15, Anne Billson rated it it was amazing. Ships from and sold by Amazon. I have read a lot of filmmaking and film theory books, and this is one of the best.

On Filmmaking: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director by Alexander Mackendrick

You can then opt to undertake the exercises Mackendrick set his students, or proceed to the comparison of two drafts of a scene from Success. To ask other readers questions about On Filmmakingplease sign up. I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in film.

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On Filmmaking: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director

Over the 25 years he spent at Cal Arts he amassed and refined a wealth of handouts and diagrams designed to help his fledgling directors acquire a strong sense of story structure. He was the cousin of the Scottish writer Roger MacDougall. A classic, great filmmaker talks about how to prepare and direct a movie. And the section begins with this sentence: The Art Of Dramatic Writing: Sandy’s love for the craft and especially for the oon of the craft is evident on every mackenddrick.

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His writing style is a wonderful mixture of co-conspiratorial musing and succinct commands. This article needs additional citations for verification.

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. This book gave me a new appreciation the amount of time, energy, and thought it takes on the part of the director. Customers who bought this item fiilmmaking bought.

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In order to pursue that decision, it was necessary for Martha MacKendrick to hand her only son over to his grandfather, who took young MacKendrick back to Scotland when he was seven years old. Filjmaking rated it really liked it Nov 19, Luckily, Alexander Mackendrick blows the theory merchants out of the picture with a blast of cool Scottish sagacity.