MAKING THE MAGIC HAPPEN: The Art and Craft of Film Directing

MAKING THE MAGIC HAPPEN: The Art and Craft of Film Directing

by Peter D. Marshall


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Filmmaking can be a complicated and risky adventure, but Making the Magic Happen shows you why directing a movie is actually simpler than you think. The trick is to properly learn the “craft” of filmmaking first, and then adapt your logistical and creative skills to the “art” of filmmaking.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615932658
Publisher: Wiese, Michael Productions
Publication date: 05/01/2017
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Peter D. Marshall is a filmmaker and film-directing coach from Vancouver, Canada. He has worked in the film-and-television industry for over 40 years — as a film director, television producer, first assistant director, and TV-series creative consultant.
Peter has directed over 30 episodes of television drama, including John Woo’s Once a Thief, Wiseguy, 21 Jump Street, The Black Stallion, and Largo Winch. As a first assistant director, Peter has worked on 12 feature films (including Dawn of the Dead, The Butterfly Effect, and Happy Gil-more), 17 television movies, 4 television pilots, and 7 television series.
He has written, directed, or produced over 50 hours of documentary and educational programs, and his documentaries and dramas have won or been nominated for 14 international film awards.
Peter has worked for directors such as John Woo, Zack Snyder, Phillip Noyce, Ed Zwick, John Badham, and Bobby Roth, and has worked with actors including Peter O’Toole, Kevin Spacey, Mor-gan Freeman, Halle Berry, Mel Gibson, Kathy Bates, and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Peter has been a directing instructor and film mentor for Raindance Canada, the Vancouver Film School, and the Shanghai Vancouver Film School, and continues to teach his own directing work-shops worldwide.

Table of Contents

Demystifying the Film Directing Process
My Mission
A Definition of “Filmmaking”
Story, Performance, Cinematics
The 3 R’s of Filmmaking
Chapter 1 — The Ten Commandments of Filmmaking
Chapter 2 — The Director as Visual Storyteller
Chapter 3 — Director Survival Skills
Chapter 4 — Directing the Preproduction
Chapter 5 — Directing the Shooting Schedule
Chapter 6 — Why We Do What We Do
Chapter 7 — Understanding Story Structure
Chapter 8 — Story and Scene Analysis
Chapter 9 — Character Analysis
Chapter 10 — The 15-Step Scene Breakdown
Chapter 11 — Directing the Visual Concept
Chapter 12 — The Director–Actor Relationship
Chapter 13 — Preparing for the Casting Session
Chapter 14 — Directing Actors in Casting
Chapter 15 — Blocking and Rehearsing Actors on Set
Chapter 16 — Directing the Camera
Chapter 17 — Directing the Postproduction
Last Words
About Peter D. Marshall

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