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

3. Mamet made the analogy in Chapter 4, "if the house is going to stand, the nail must do the work of ____."

4. Mamet compared the work of the film director to what, in Chapter 6?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What did Mamet write in Chapter 4 of the director's instructions to the actor?

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

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

8. What did Mamet suggest to the new director regarding animated films, in Chapter 5?

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

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

Why did Mamet believe that the steadicam was a contributor to the downfall of American cinema? What approach is common with the use of the steadicam?

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

Define the following terms and describe how they relate to one another: shot, beat, scene, film, protagonist, and objective.

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