Making Movies (Paperback)

Author: Lumet, Sidney

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The award-winning director journeys inside the world of film to illuminate the arduous process of creating movies, discussing the art and craft of directing, writers and actors, the camera, art direction, editing, sound tracks, distribution and marketing, and the studio role. Reprint. 35,000 first printing. *Author: Lumet, Sidney *Publication Date: 1996/03/01 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.25


Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780679756606
SKU 30118845
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0679756604
Release Date 3/1/1996
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 0.75T
"Sidney Lumet's 'Making Movies' is a sane, even invaluable book about the job of being a movie director. From the creation of the screenplay to the final previews, Mr. Lumet explains every step in the process, drawing examples from his own career with startling honesty...I am sometimes asked if there is 'one book' a film-goer could read to learn more about how movies are made and what to look for while watching them. This is the book."
"How they do it is what 'Making Movies' is all about: how actors continue to generate emotion after innumerable takes; how a call sheet is laid out, and, most of all, how Mr. Lumet acheived the effects he is most proud of."
"The thrust of Lumet's work lies in an entertaining and provocative discussion of how everything from the play of light to the hand of fate influences what ends up on the screen."
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Editors Note From one of America's most acclaimed directors comes a book that is both a professional memoir and a definitive guide to the art, craft, and business of the motion picture. Drawing on 40 years of experience on movies ranging from Long Day's Journey Into Night to The Verdict, Lumet explains the painstaking labor that results in two hours of screen magic.
Annotation Director Sidney Lumet's guide to the art of making movies begins in unlikely surroundings: the Ukrainian National Home on Second Avenue in New York City. Explaining how the antiquated and unprepossessing but very spacious ballroom is his favored venue for rehearsing a film in preproduction, Lumet kick-starts an enthralling, sequential trip through the movie-making process. Published in 1995, Lumet draws on his 40 years in the business to delineate how a film gets made, from the initial spark of an idea to the test screenings and promotion that precede a first encounter with the general public. Clearly in love with the art (the first chapter is titled "The Director: The Best Job in the World"), Lumet infuses anecdotal evidence from his experience at the helm of some 39 movies with a nuts-and-bolts approach to the essential ingredients that are vital to the evolution of a motion picture. The 1970s saw Lumet hit a rich vein, with 1974's SERPICO followed in the same year by MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, and soon after by DOG DAY AFTERNOON (1975) and NETWORK (1976). Important examples of lessons learnt from each movie are liberally scattered throughout MAKING MOVIES to help Lumet illustrate his points. DOG DAY AFTERNOON is used to highlight the difficulties of working in a confined space, as the bulk of the action took place in a bank, while SERPICO is held up as an example of how an actor's performance altered the way Lumet originally perceived a character. A useful guide for any budding filmmaker and a fascinating look at Lumet's meticulous approach to his craft, MAKING MOVIES is a welcome deconstruction of the filmmaking process.
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