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 was the man doing on the side of the road whom the farmer met in Chapter 5?

2. The study of what is very useful for directors, according to Mamet?

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

4. Which story of the farmer's did the class decide to go with in Chapter 5?

5. What, according to Mamet, is the answer to, "Where do we put the camera?"

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the hypothetical film end in Chapter 5?

2. What metaphor did Mamet use to illustrate the work in pre-production, in Chapter 6?

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

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

5. What has the hypothetical film evolved to in terms of danger in Chapter 5?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Using the hypothetical film which the students and Mamet created in Chapter 3, describe how the beats were broken down by the class.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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