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. When the farmer saw the man on the road, how did Mamet refer to this beat?

2. According to Mamet, "In film or in the street, people who describe themselves to you are" what?

3. According to Mamet in Chapter 6, "It's always up to you whether you are going to tell a story through a ____ of shots or you are not."

4. According to Mamet at the end of Chapter 5, "Anybody with a _____ can take a picture of a 'pig.'"

5. What does Mamet say "are all you have" in Chapter 6?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the hypothetical film from Chapters 3 and 4, what would Mamet suggest as direction to the protagonist?

2. What storytelling genres did Mamet suggest the director study in Chapter 5?

3. What does Mamet say regarding subconscious response in Chapter 4?

4. What are modern film actors lacking in their education of storytelling, according to Mamet?

5. What is the hierarchy of film? Why did Mamet suggest the actor cannot be a fallback for the film in Chapter 6?

6. Who did the farmer meet in the hypothetical film in Chapter 5? How did this interaction play out?

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

8. How did Mamet relate film direction and screenwriting in Chapter 6?

9. How did Mamet describe dealing with dialogue 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

Define the following terms and describe how they relate to one another: shot, beat, scene, film, protagonist, and objective.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Mamet's approach to the director's interaction with the actors and the camera operators on the set. What did he suggest in these interactions, and why?

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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