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 6, you can't make it interesting once you get where?

2. Mamet says in Chapter 4 that movies are made out of what?

3. What is the book of pictures of shots of a film called?

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

5. Mamet says in Chapter 6 that any real what is going to be based on things within your control?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss human psychology as it relates to the juxtaposition of uninflected images in film. How did Mamet describe neurosis in this analogy?

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