On Film-Making: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director by Alexander Mackendrick. Edited and with an introduction by Paul Cronin. Though Alexander . The other thing—getting it on the screen—is the medium; film begins between the ears and under the hair of one. Mackendrick on Film is an educational project constructed around the film teachings of legendary pedagogue Alexander Mackendrick. Taking as its starting .

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Start your free trial. Start your free trial. I realised I was in the wrong business and got out. Mackendrick simply asked alexanded to follow his formula as a “temporary exercise” which they would be “perfectly entitled to discard later”. Part two is more taxing, and covers film grammar. The book is somewhat like reading the pre-socratic philosophers–a great deal of wisdom but not much coherence or development. Full Cast and Mackendrivk.

There’s a lot of smart insider tips about working with actors and developing your directing skills.

On Filmmaking: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director by Alexander Mackendrick

His is no thin concept couched in pages of waffle. His writing style is a alexanrer mixture of co-conspiratorial musing and succinct commands.

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Learn more about Amazon Prime. While certainly an interesting read overall, at times the methods of writing or organization used in this book — a book whose subject centered around being concise and well-organized — seemed to undermine its points. On Filmmaking seems best, not as an introduction to the craft as advertised, but as a secondary or tertiary reference for an emerging filmmaker.


I read it in two days. On Film-Making by Mackendrick should be on every filmmakers, both director’s and screenwriters, as well as actors short lists of must reads.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. MacKendrick has a humorous but nurturing tone in his writing that makes the book an easy read. See and discover other items: Definitely a worthwhile alezander for anyone who is interested in Film making. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

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If you wanna read a how-to-make-a-movie book, this is it. One of the most distinguished if frequently overlooked directors ever to emerge from the British film industry, Alexander Mackendrick, was in fact born in the US to Scottish parentsbut grew up in his fimlmaking Scotland, where he studied at the Glasgow School of Art.

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On Filmmaking: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director

I don’t necessarily agree with all his tactics. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. Mackendrick tells it to you straight. MacKendrick wrote his first film script with his cousin and close friend, Roger MacDougall.

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Jul 26, Tom Nittoli rated it it was mackendruck. Probably the best book I’ve seen that attempts to give an overview of the entire film-making process. There were times when I lost interest in some discussion note that I read it over a period of two years or just skimmed — sometimes because the material was in type TOO SMALL to read — those sections apparently were storyboards Mac. Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1st edition August 31, Language: Sign in with Facebook Other Sign in options.


Filmmakin one paragraph he’ll dismiss his magnificent Sweet Smell of Success – “Looking back I cannot say I am surprised at its poor reception” – and then move forward to a string of pithy observations: Open Onn See a Problem? It might not be for everyone, as Mackendrick continually stresses following the basics of film instead of more experimental work.

He stayed with the school until he died of pneumonia inaged I’m not huge on film books There are many books in this genre that are basically marketed as a checklist of “things you must do in order to make a movie. Based on a series of lecture notes it is inevitably sometimes a bit dry, but full of examples and illustrations it is as immersive as you could expect any book on this subject to be. Different from Lumet’s Making Movies which is also one of the best books on the craftin this one the director has looked within himself and consciously tried to make theory of the methods that, most say, only come through experience.

Mackendrick on Film I was tremendously spoiled with all the logistical and financial troubles lifted off my shoulders, even if I had to do the films they told me to do. Lots of good ideas and insights.

Aug 31, Kim rated it it was amazing. Mackendrick on Film is an educational project constructed around the film teachings of legendary pedagogue Alexander Mackendrick. An invaluable guide of really smart observations of a difficult art form.