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Content of Michael Rabiger's book "Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics"




Artistic Identity

  • The Job of the Director
  • Identifying Your Themes as a Director
  • Developing Your Story Ideas
  • Checklist
  • Screencraft
  • Screen Grammar
  • Seeing with a Moviemaker's Eye
  • Shooting Projects
  • Checklist
  • Writing
  • The Screenplay
  • The Process of Writing
  • Adaptation from Art or Life
  • Story Development Strategies
  • Scene-Writing Exercises
  • Checklist
  • Aesthetics and Authorship
  • Point of View
  • Genre, Conflict, and Dialectics
  • Structure, Plot, and Time
  • Space, Stylized Environments, and Performances
  • Form and Style
  • Checklist
  • Preproduction
  • Interpreting the Script
  • Casting
  • Directing Actors
  • Actors' Problems
  • Improvisation Work to Explore Acting
  • Exercises with a Text
  • Rehearsal and Development
  • Director and Actor Prepare a Scene
  • Final Rehearsals and Planning Coverage
  • Checklist
  • Production
  • Developing a Crew
  • Mise en Scene Basics
  • Getting Ready to Shoot
  • Directing the Crew
  • Monitoring Progress
  • Checklist
  • Postproduction
  • Preparing to Edit
  • Editing the First Assembly
  • Editing from Rough Cut to Fine Cut
  • Editing: Finalization
  • Editing from Fine Cut to Sound Mix
  • Titles and Acknowledgments
  • Checklist
  • Career Track
  • Planning a Career
  • Major International Film/Video Schools
  • Breaking into the Industry
  • Checklist
  • Further Information
  • Glossary
  • Select Bibliography

·  Index

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About directing

Rabiger Michael
(Michael Rabiger Center for Documentary Film at Columbia College)

Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics by Michael Rabiger is a comprehensive manual that has inspired tens of thousands of readers worldwide to realize their artistic vision and produce well-constructed films. Filled with practical advice on every stage of production, this is the book you will return to throughout your career.

- Comprehensive manual on the creative, technical, and interpersonal aspects of directing
- Includes dozens of practical exercises and projects to help you improve your work and gauge your progress
- Realistic advice and encouragement from a highly regarded filmmaker, mentor, and teacher

"Michael Rabiger's book "Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics" is the gold standard. His attention to the artistry of directing, not merely the technical concerns, puts him in the first rank. Rabiger's taste, knowledge, and insight are even more finely honed in this new edition. For the novice or the seasoned pro, this book is a joy and a must."
- Jared Rappaport, Chair of the Department of Cinema and Television Arts, California State University - Northridge

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