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. Where did the farmer go in the town in the hypothetical film of Chapter 5?

2. According to Mamet in Chapter 6, someone once asked whom if they had ever been lost?

3. What is Dumbo's problem, according to Mamet?

4. Everything in the old cartoons was based on what, according to Mamet?

5. According to Mamet, what is one of the imperative questions to ask in the beginning of the hypothetical film in Chapter 5?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What analogy did Mamet give that involves Stanislavsky, in Chapter 6?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Mamet's take on exposition and narration in storytelling and specifically in film.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the similarities between film and dreams. What writers did Mamet cite in his discussion of this topic?

Essay Topic 3

What authors did Mamet quote in the book with regard to cutting extraneous text in a screenplay? What theorists did he speak about in dramatic analysis?

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