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. After shooting which take do you not even remember why you were born?

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

3. According to Mamet in Chapter 6, it is the pursuit of what that is important?

4. What did the pig have around its neck in the hypothetical film from Chapter 5?

5. According to Mamet in Chapter 4, "If you don't know what you want, how can you know when _____?"

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mamet say regarding the training of film actors in today's world?

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

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

4. What can the director not make up for in the editing room, according to Mamet in Chapter 6?

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

6. What decision did Mamet suggest is in the hands of the director, in Chapter 6?

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

8. What suggestions did the students give for the motivation of the protagonist in Chapter 5's scenario?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Mamet's opinion of actor training in the United States today. What level of training do film actors have versus stage actors?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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