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

2. After how many takes does Mamet say you can no longer remember what the scene was about, in Chapter 4?

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

4. What does David Mamet say that the answer to all of the tedious actor questions is?

5. What was the steamboat captain's answer to Stanislavsky, in Chapter 6?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What did Mamet write about the Navaho Indians in Chapter 6?

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

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

7. What does Mamet say to give yourself over to in directing, in Chapter 5?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Mamet's metaphor for film and the Countercultural Architecture movement.

Essay Topic 2

Who was William of Occam, and what was Occam's Razor? How does this apply to film and dramatic analysis?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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