On Directing Film Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Describe the career of author David Mamet and how he came to the world of film. What was the principle area of his expertise at the time he wrote On Directing Film?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Mamet's take on exposition and narration in storytelling and specifically in film.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the element of dialogue in film. What did Mamet suggest in directing scenes with dialogue? What should a director avoid in terms of dialogue?

Essay Topic 4

What authors did Mamet quote in the book with regard to cutting extraneous text in a screenplay? What theorists did he speak about in dramatic analysis?

Essay Topic 5

Describe Eisenstein's theory of montage. How did Mamet view this approach to storytelling in film?

Essay Topic 6

Why did Mamet believe that the steadicam was a contributor to the downfall of American cinema? What approach is common with the use of the...

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