Directors Tell the Story

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  • Author: Bethany Rooney
  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press: 2011
  • ISBN: 9780240818733

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  • Overview
    Directors Tell the Story Master the Craft of Television and Film Directing by Bethany Rooney and Mary Lou Belli
    Move over, movies: the freshest storytelling today is on television, where the multi-episodic format is used for rich character development and innovative story arcs.Directors Tell the Story offers rare insight and advice straight from two A-list television directors whose credits include Monk, Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Weeds, and more. They direct dramas and comedies using the same process that Steven Spielberg (or any other movie director uses)-just with less money and time.

    Learn what it takes to become a director: master the technical aspects, appreciate aesthetic qualities, and practice leadership, all while exuding that "X" factor that distinguishes the excellent director from the merely good one. Covering everything from prep, the shoot, and post, the authors emphasize how aspiring directors can develop a creative vision-because without it, they are just technicians.

    Hands-on and practical, this book lets you not only read about the secrets of directors, it also includes exercises using original scripted material. The companion web site includes scenes from the authors' own TV shows, along with the scripts, shot lists, and other materials that made the scenes possible.

    Key Features
    • Highly experienced Hollywood directors share inside information about what it really takes to be a director, giving the advice that readers covet.
    • Covers everything a director needs to know: the creative vision, how to translate script into a visual story, establishing the look and feel, selecting and leading a crew, coaching actors, keeping a complex operation on time and on budget, overseeing the edit, and troubleshooting through the whole shoot.
    • "Insider Info" sections feature interviews, advice, and tips from film and TV luminaries whose productions include Private Practice, Monk, Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives, The Informant, American Beauty, and more!
    • Hands-on exercises help you understand and master the craft of directing.


    • Highly experienced Hollywood directors share inside information about what it really takes to be a director, giving the advice that readers covet
    • Covers everything a director needs to know: the creative vision, how to translate script into a visual story, establishing the look and feel, selecting and leading a crew, coaching actors, keeping a complex operation on time and on budget, overseeing the edit, and troubleshooting through the whole shoot.
    • "Insider Info" sections feature interviews, advice, and tips from film and TV luminaries whose productions include Private Practice, Monk, Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives, The Informant, American Beauty, and more!
    • Hands-on exercises help you understand and master the craft of directing


    Reviews
    "This is a precise and smart book about directing in general and directing television specifically. It is filled with common sense information that becomes second nature to a skilled, experienced director and can be so easily overlooked by a newcomer or even a working director who ought to think of another field of endeavor all together." -Sally Field

    "Finally-- Actual, Working Hollywood Directors Share their 'Inner-Door' Secrets of the Craft. These two ladies have worked on some of the most critically-acclaimed current shows, and still made time to write this 'Can't-Miss' book! Call it-'The 'Hollywood Rules' for Up & Coming Directors'!!" -Dave A. Anselmi: Director, Producer, and Instructor, PracticalMysticProductions.com

    Contents Introduction

    Section One: Prep
    Chapter 1 - Breaking Down the Script for Story
    Chapter 2 - Breaking Down the Script for Character
    Chapter 3 - Casting
    Chapter 4 - Production Design
    Chapter 5 - Organizing the Shoot with the First Assistant Director
    Chapter 6 - Sharing the Vision
    Chapter 7 - Blocking and Shot Listing, Part One
    Chapter 8 - Blocking and Shot Listing, Part Two
    Chapter 9 - Scouting Locations
    Section One Review


    Section Two: Shoot
    Chapter 10 - Directing the Actor
    Chapter 11 - Below the Line
    Chapter 12 - All the Other Stuff
    Chapter 13 - Running the Set
    Section Two Review

    Section Three: Post
    Chapter 14 - Working with the Editor
    Chapter 15 - Working With the Post Supervisor
    Section Three Review


    Section Four: Being a Director
    Chapter 16 - Being a Director
    Chapter 17 - The Demands of the Job
    Chapter 18 - Getting Started
    Section Four Review


    Glossary

    • Trim: 6in x 9in
    • Publication Date: August 22, 2011
    • Price: $25
    • Format: Book - Paperback
    • Pages: 328
Directors Tell the Story Master the Craft of Television and Film Directing by Bethany Rooney and Mary Lou Belli
Move over, movies: the freshest storytelling today is on television, where the multi-episodic format is used for rich character development and innovative story arcs.Directors Tell the Story offers rare insight and advice straight from two A-list television directors whose credits include Monk, Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Weeds, and more. They direct dramas and comedies using the same process that Steven Spielberg (or any other movie director uses)-just with less money and time.

Learn what it takes to become a director: master the technical aspects, appreciate aesthetic qualities, and practice leadership, all while exuding that "X" factor that distinguishes the excellent director from the merely good one. Covering everything from prep, the shoot, and post, the authors emphasize how aspiring directors can develop a creative vision-because without it, they are just technicians.

Hands-on and practical, this book lets you not only read about the secrets of directors, it also includes exercises using original scripted material. The companion web site includes scenes from the authors' own TV shows, along with the scripts, shot lists, and other materials that made the scenes possible.

Key Features
  • Highly experienced Hollywood directors share inside information about what it really takes to be a director, giving the advice that readers covet.
  • Covers everything a director needs to know: the creative vision, how to translate script into a visual story, establishing the look and feel, selecting and leading a crew, coaching actors, keeping a complex operation on time and on budget, overseeing the edit, and troubleshooting through the whole shoot.
  • "Insider Info" sections feature interviews, advice, and tips from film and TV luminaries whose productions include Private Practice, Monk, Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives, The Informant, American Beauty, and more!
  • Hands-on exercises help you understand and master the craft of directing.


  • Highly experienced Hollywood directors share inside information about what it really takes to be a director, giving the advice that readers covet
  • Covers everything a director needs to know: the creative vision, how to translate script into a visual story, establishing the look and feel, selecting and leading a crew, coaching actors, keeping a complex operation on time and on budget, overseeing the edit, and troubleshooting through the whole shoot.
  • "Insider Info" sections feature interviews, advice, and tips from film and TV luminaries whose productions include Private Practice, Monk, Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives, The Informant, American Beauty, and more!
  • Hands-on exercises help you understand and master the craft of directing


Reviews
"This is a precise and smart book about directing in general and directing television specifically. It is filled with common sense information that becomes second nature to a skilled, experienced director and can be so easily overlooked by a newcomer or even a working director who ought to think of another field of endeavor all together." -Sally Field

"Finally-- Actual, Working Hollywood Directors Share their 'Inner-Door' Secrets of the Craft. These two ladies have worked on some of the most critically-acclaimed current shows, and still made time to write this 'Can't-Miss' book! Call it-'The 'Hollywood Rules' for Up & Coming Directors'!!" -Dave A. Anselmi: Director, Producer, and Instructor, PracticalMysticProductions.com

Contents Introduction

Section One: Prep
Chapter 1 - Breaking Down the Script for Story
Chapter 2 - Breaking Down the Script for Character
Chapter 3 - Casting
Chapter 4 - Production Design
Chapter 5 - Organizing the Shoot with the First Assistant Director
Chapter 6 - Sharing the Vision
Chapter 7 - Blocking and Shot Listing, Part One
Chapter 8 - Blocking and Shot Listing, Part Two
Chapter 9 - Scouting Locations
Section One Review


Section Two: Shoot
Chapter 10 - Directing the Actor
Chapter 11 - Below the Line
Chapter 12 - All the Other Stuff
Chapter 13 - Running the Set
Section Two Review

Section Three: Post
Chapter 14 - Working with the Editor
Chapter 15 - Working With the Post Supervisor
Section Three Review


Section Four: Being a Director
Chapter 16 - Being a Director
Chapter 17 - The Demands of the Job
Chapter 18 - Getting Started
Section Four Review


Glossary

  • Trim: 6in x 9in
  • Publication Date: August 22, 2011
  • Price: $25
  • Format: Book - Paperback
  • Pages: 328