Moviemakers’ Master Class: Private Lessons from the World’s Foremost Directors

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  1. David A. Anselmi "taijidave" says:
    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    BEST of its kind, October 2, 2004
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    David A. Anselmi “taijidave” (Oakland, CA USA) –
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    This review is from: Moviemakers’ Master Class: Private Lessons from the World’s Foremost Directors (Paperback)

    This book is absolutely fantastic — both very readable to a general audience, as well as very informative to a filmmaking one. By asking basically the exact same questions to each of these twenty famous and/or award-winning Directors, he allows us to compare/contrast how each think… & it’s fascinating how often these Directors think _differently_ from each other. Ie, twenty (20) different, yet equally valid, perspectives.

    This isn’t some puff-piece or “tell me about that bitchy Actress” kind of text. Instead, Tirard asks questions targeting the Directors’ creative process, from How they conceive (their work), to What they like to make & Why, and even on to For Whom they make it. Plus a very interesting filmic question: “Do you consider yourself the Author of your Films”. Tirard can even be [forgiven] his “Are films Art” question… b/c he received some rather interesting answers, esp. by those whose work is considered ‘Art’.

    Best of all, is Tirard’s method — he asks his standard [ie. excellent] questions, continues on with some very incisive follow-up… & then gets the hell out of the way (definitely unlike the “me-too” style of Bogdanovich). Refreshing.

    Absolutely 10 stars for a tremendous work — This text is a MUST-HAVE for anybody who loves films… & *especially* for anybody who wants to make film. Everybody seems to have their own [strongly-held] opinion of the ‘Right Way’ to make films… well, this text gives twenty different “Right Ways” to make films, by some of the very best filmmakers around. I just wish they weren’t all White Males… I’d’ve loved to hear Mira Nair’s interview, or Nora Ephron’s. Where’s Volume 2?

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  2. olivier hascoat says:
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
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    Essential film reading!, September 27, 2002
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    olivier hascoat (Los Angeles, ca United States) –

    This review is from: Moviemakers’ Master Class: Private Lessons from the World’s Foremost Directors (Paperback)

    This is an extremely enlightening book for movie lovers as well as aspiring filmmakers. It is refreshing to read about directors talking candidly about their craft with a peer. It is neither boring like some of the more technical books out there nor is it selfserving like books by lone directors. It does not hurt that most of my favorite directors are featured here. The book was recommended to me, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in filmmaking.

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  3. Evan E. Richards says:
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
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    Master class for sure!!!, October 18, 2006
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    Evan E. Richards (Boston, MA. USA) –

    This review is from: Moviemakers’ Master Class: Private Lessons from the World’s Foremost Directors (Paperback)

    This is exactly what a moviemakers master class should be. It asks technical and artistic questions to some of the greatest directors of all time.

    If you want to hear why Tim Burton likes wide lenses, which contemporary directors Scorsese admires and why, Jean Pierre Jeunet’s theory of camera movement, David Lynch’s “secret dolly move”, John Woo’s method of shooting and cutting scenes to music, The Coen brothers writing process, Lars Von Trier’s take on the rules of Dogme 95, Jean-Luc Goddard’s theory of filmmaking out of desire vs. need, then this book is your ticket.

    This is a goldmine of knowledge. There are no fluff interviews here; only the best filmmakers in the world relating solid technical advice and tried and true shooting strategies developed from years of experience.

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