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. Mamet says that it's not the actor's job to be emotional. It's the actor's job to be what?

2. What does Mamet say is useless filler in film, and the giveaway to a joke's punch line, in Chapter 5?

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

4. What does Mamet say that dramatic analysis is like in Chapter 6?

5. What did the pig do in the ending of the story in Chapter 5?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What animated film did Mamet laud as perfect in Chapter 5?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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

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