Creative Filmmaking from the Inside Out: Five Keys to the Art of Making Inspired Movies and Television

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  1. "ninajane52" says:
    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A fantastic, completely original approach, February 27, 2003
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    This review is from: Creative Filmmaking from the Inside Out: Five Keys to the Art of Making Inspired Movies and Television (Paperback)

    This book is a hybrid of interview collections and workbook exercises, designed to help filmmakers with their creative processes, not using the dumbed-down how-to-manual approach that so many filmmaking books employ, but in an intelligent and subtle way that engages and challenges the reader. These authors have assembled a formidable list of filmmakers — the brains and souls behind The English Patient, Toy Story, E.R., Boys Don’t Cry, many more — and asked them more than the usual-suspect kind of questions, and by doing so have managed to go deeply into the creative process. The book interweaves the interviews with anecdotes, proverbs, and a group of creativity exercises which are several levels above the kind of artists’ self-help books that have sometimes insulted our intelligence in the past. Ever wonder how Anthony Minghella thought of the opening shot for The English Patient? Or how Merchant Ivory get those stellar casts? This book actually tells you things you want to know, and then challenges you to go out and make a movie.

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  2. K. Haber says:
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    An inspiration for teachers and students, December 23, 2003
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    “ninajane52” (Florence, MA United States) –

    This review is from: Creative Filmmaking from the Inside Out: Five Keys to the Art of Making Inspired Movies and Television (Paperback)

    I teach a seminar for teenagers in digital video. When I started designing the curriculum, it was mostly a “how-to” kind of thing. After reading this book, I changed the whole focus of the seminar. I asked the kids to look inside themselves and think about what they, personally, had to say. I said, “You are like kids who have been given a big box of crayons. Do you want to scribble on the wall, or do you want draw something special from your heart?” When they turned in their treatments for their video projects, they had taken the ideas of this book to heart.
    This book should be required reading for anyone who teaches filmmaking or is starting out as a filmmker. It will get them on the right track!

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