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. What do actors erroneously try to use their intellectuality to do?

2. What actress did Mamet mention in the footnotes of Chapter 5 as an actress who could truly act?

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

4. Who does Mamet say wove flaws into their blankets to let the devil out?

5. Stanislavsky wrote that the difficult will become easy and the easy habitual, so that the habitual may become what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What did Mamet caution against with having multiple motivations for the farmer in Chapter 5?

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

4. What is the Cult of Self which Mamet refers to in Chapter 6?

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

6. What was Mamet's response to "performance art" questions which arise in shooting?

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

8. What was Mamet's reply to the question, "Is it possible to do everything "right" and still make a bad movie?"

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Compare the films of Frank Capra and Werner Herzog. How do these directors differ in their approach and storytelling? With whom do Mamet's theories most relate?

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