On Directing Film Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Mamet, you can't rely on the ________ to tell the story. Which of these is the correct answer?

2. What was the third beat about in the hypothetical film in Chapter 2?

3. Mamet says in Chapter 1 that if the film follows the protagonist around, what he does had better be what?

4. According to Mamet in Chapter 3, "You tax the audience every time you don't move on to _______ of the progression as quickly as possible."

5. Eisenstein claimed that the best image is a what image?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mamet say in terms of withholding information from the audience, in Chapter 2?

2. What did Mamet write regarding dreams and film in Chapter 1?

3. What did Mamet write in Chapter 3 regarding film with political agendas?

4. Describe how film is like a design.

5. How did Mamet relate the "School of Countercultural Architecture" to film directing?

6. What does Mamet say regarding the juxtaposition of uninflected images in Chapter 3?

7. How was the hypothetical film shot in Chapter 2?

8. What writers and filmmakers did Mamet refer to in the Preface and Chapter 1 regarding screenwriting and film direction?

9. What are the different approaches Mamet discussed as methods of storytelling in film, in Chapter 1?

10. Describe Mamet's discussion of understanding precipitation in architecture in Chapter 3.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

What tasks does the director face in pre-production for a film? How does this prepare him/her for shooting?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Mamet's point of view regarding identification of the audience with the hero of the story. How much description should surround this character, and why?

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