On Directing Film Test | Final 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 in Chapter 4, "If you don't know what you want, how can you know when _____?"

2. Which chapter did Mamet recommend the students read in, A Practical Handbook for the Actor?

3. What does Mamet say that dramatic analysis is like in Chapter 6?

4. Mamet says in Chapter 6 that you will have forsworn the Cult of what for a little while?

5. What can you not rely on on to make the film more interesting, according to Mamet in Chapter 6?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Mamet write about the Navaho Indians in Chapter 6?

2. How does Aristotle's theory of tragedy relate to the hypothetical film in Chapter 5?

3. What scenario did Mamet present for the hypothetical film in Chapter 5?

4. What does Mamet say to give yourself over to in directing, in Chapter 5?

5. What did Mamet suggest to the new director regarding animated films, in Chapter 5?

6. How did Mamet describe dealing with dialogue in Chapter 4?

7. What is the appropriate response to the actor who asks "how do I walk down the hall", in the example in Chapter 4?

8. What metaphor did Mamet use to illustrate the work in pre-production, in Chapter 6?

9. What example did Mamet give of Humphrey Bogart's simplicity, in Chapter 4?

10. What did Mamet write in Chapter 4 of the director's instructions to the actor?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 steadicam?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and define the K.I.S.S. rule. In what context did Mamet refer to this in the text?

Essay Topic 3

What does the term superobjective mean in acting and directing? How is a superobjective different than an objective?

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