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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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Michael Birkett David Brisbin Abner Rosenweig Top Contributor: He began making television commercials before moving into filmmaikng editing and directing films, most notably for Ealing Studios where his films include Whisky Galore! From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

On Film-Making by Mackendrick should be on every filmmakers, both director’s and screenwriters, as well as actors short lists of must reads. His writing style is a wonderful mixture of co-conspiratorial musing and succinct alexxnder.

Clswifty rated it really liked it Nov 19, How Much Have You Seen? After Ealing’s demise, Mackendrick found that he disliked being dependent on deal-makers and in became dean of the new film school at the California Institute of the Arts.

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Face of a Hero. I especially loved Mackendrick’s section on screenwriting and his writing exercises and writing prompts. Aug 31, Kim rated it it was amazing. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

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. In this impressive volume, edited by Paul Mackenxrick, the myriad materials that made Mackendrick’s reputation as an instructor are collected for the first time, offering a chance for professionals as well as students to discover a methodology of filmmaking that is challenging yet refreshing in its clarity.


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Where Mackendrick went after walking away from the film industry in — at an age when many would consider outright retirement — was the newly established California Institute of the Arts, which had been funded by the Disney family.

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Sign in with Facebook Other Sign in options. Why wasn’t alesander of our curriculum at NYU? In he returned to the United States after being made Dean of the film school of the California Institute of the Artsgiving up the position in to become a professor at the school.

The Filmmaker’s Handbook, Edition. As a bonus there’s a chapter called “Drawing Lesson”.

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It’s like the textbook you wish you’d had earlier; but as Mackendrick says, “Work is the only real training”. Jun 22, Christy rated it really liked it. Buy the selected alexader together This item: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Alexander Mackendrick September 8, — December 22, was an American born Scottish director and teacher. I don’t necessarily agree with all his tactics.

If you wanna read a how-to-make-a-movie book, this is it. Jun 23, Laexander rated it really liked it. Excellent overview of the art of filmmaking, including a fascinating and lengthy discussion of the history of western story telling.

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Mackenddrick was a problem filtering reviews right now. Mackendrick takes you beyond simple theory and really takes a look at what makes films work on a practical level – from the creation of an idea, to the writing of it, directing actors, filming, and editing.


Mackendrick produced hundreds of pages of masterly handouts and sketches, designed to guide his students to a finer understanding of how to write a story, and then use those devices peculiar to cinema in order to tell that story as effectively as possible.

Paul Cronin is the editor of Herzog on Herzog. I appreciate Mackendrick’s advice but wish the content were a little more comprehensive. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

In 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: Alexznder best book on the craft of filmmaking that I’ve read–and at this point, that’s a lot of books.

If you can write legibly, Mackendrick argues that there’s no excuse for you to be “wholly inept” in your attempts to sketch the human form.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Immersed in his boot camp, they found that they were putting words to ideas that they held subconsciously. Dec 26, Nick rated it it was amazing. That’s all you need.