Fundamentals of Film Directing


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About the Book

Current and aspiring film directors can make their job easier by studying the 10 directing fundamentals outlined in detail in this book. The first five chapters are practical in nature: a successful director must first have a screenplay, a cast, a crew, a budget, and good health. The final five address the psychology of directing, including the development of craft, command, pace, luck, and “chutzpah,” which the author defines as “boldness coupled with extreme self-confidence.”

Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

About the Author(s)

David K. Irving, both a director and a teacher of film, is the chair of the graduate film program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Asia campus.

Bibliographic Details

David K. Irving
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 191
Bibliographic Info: glossary, appendix, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4787-9
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5625-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface  1

Introduction  3

1. Screenplay  7

2. Cast  29

3. Crew  47

4. Budget  57

5. Health  81

6. Craft  87

7. Command  125

8. Pace  139

9. Luck  150

10. Chutzpah  3

Conclusion  161

Appendix: Film vs. Digital  169

Glossary  173

Bibliography  181

Index  183

Book Reviews & Awards

“Highly recommended”—Choice