Preface and Chapter 1: Storytelling
• 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 lectures Mamet conducted at the Columbia University film school.
• There are several approaches a director can take in making a film.
• One is to follow the protagonist around and devise the most interesting and imaginative shots possible of his activities and movements.
• A second method is a series of images presented in a comparative light.
• This is a simplistic description of Eisenstein's theory of montage: Tell the story in cuts; a series of shots that tell the story rather than a narration that spells everything out for the audience.
• The sequence or juxtaposition...
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