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FilmCraft: Directing

By Michael Goodridge

  1. ISBN: 9780240818580
  2. Publication Date: June 2012
  3. Format: Paperback
  4. Pages: 192
  5. Price:
    • $33.95 (USD)
    • Not for sale in GBP region
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Ultimately responsible for the creative content on screen, directors are the captains of the ship on every film. All actors and heads of department report to them. Some directors are also writers, employing unique styles of dialogue. Others,

like Pedro Almodóvar, create inimitable visual and tonal styles that set their films apart from the crowd. Unlike the other volumes in the series, Directing covers all disciplines of film art that pass through the director's hands, from development and writing, to working with actors, designers and cinematographers, to post-production and distribution.


"Best of all, this is no chaotic collection of images or dry, dull cinema history. Instead, the entire book is built around interviews with 16 directors, ranging from Korea’s Park Chan-wook to Austria’s Michael Haneke to none other than Clint Eastwood himself. And thankfully, they’ve all got something interesting to say."

-Will Pfeifer, Rockford Register Star

"While at first glance it may just appear to be another coffee table book, or something someone might think came from a college course, for the most part, FilmCraft: Directing is definitely not something to be judged by its cover…You could call it, 'the most entertaining college book you’ve never read.'”

- Blog Critics,

"FilmCraft Series: Directing would easily be a welcomed addition onto the shelves of any even remotely serious film buff. Possessing a vibrant crop of intriguing, informative and entertaining interviews with some of best directors working today, which are punctuated by occasional profiles of some of the directing gods (such as Bergman and Kurosawa) who have now left us, the book is a more than worthy buy for anyone even remotely interested in the cinematic arts."

-The Film Monthly,

"As with all of the books in this fantastic series, FilmCraft: Directing should be considered essential reading, not just for film students, but for fans of cinema in general. The interviews and essays are fascinating, the hundreds of color photographs are a feast for the eyes, and the care and attention to detail with which the book is assembled makes it a both a joy to read and an attractive volume for your collection. Highly recommended!"

-Horror View,

"FilmCraft: Directing is both a gorgeous reflection on classic films, as well as an invaluable tool for all filmmakers."

-Forces of Geek,


Pedro Almodóvar; Olivier Assayas; Susanne Bier; Ingmar Bergman; Nuri Bilge Ceylan; Park Chan-wook; Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne; John Ford; Guillermo del Torro; Clint Eastwood; Stephen Frears; Jean-Luc Godard; Terry Gilliam; Amos Gitai; Paul Greengrass; Alfred Hitchcock; Michael Haneke; István Szabó; Peter Weir; Zhang Yimou; Akira Kurosawa