Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Preface and Chapter 1: Storytelling Abstract
* In his Preface, David Mamet explained in a rather humble manner that he wrote "On Directing Film" in 1987 when he had just completed his second film-directing assignment.
* Looking back, Mamet acknowledged that at that point there was a lot he did not know.
* The book is based on a series of...
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