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Directors Close Up

Interviews with Directors Nominated for Best Film by the Directors Guild of America, 2nd Edition

Edited by Jeremy Kagan

Since 1992, The Directors Guild of America has hosted annual seminars featuring its nominees for outstanding feature film directing. Since its inception, film and television director Jeremy Kagan has moderated these sessions in which the finest contemporary directors weigh in on every aspect of the filmmaking process. In this book, Kagan has culled the most insightful and entertaining responses from these acclaimed directors. From script development through pre-production to production and post-production, they offer personal insights into every step of the creative process. They also reveal their candid takes on the best and worst aspects of their profession. This second edition includes all the nominees from 2000 thru 2005 and features personal materials from many of the directors, including storyboards, script notes, sketches, and on-set photos. Directors Close Up will be of interest to both professional and aspiring directors, as well as to film fans who will enjoy this inside look into making movies. « less more »
Scarecrow Press
Pages: 360Size: 0 x 0
978-0-8108-5712-4 • Paperback • December 2005 • $40.00 • (£24.95)
978-1-4617-4824-3 • eBook • December 2005 • $39.99 • (£24.95)
Jeremy Kagan works as a director, writer, and producer in feature films and television. His credits include such films as Heroes, The Chosen, and The Journey of Natty Gann. He won an Emmy in 1996 for directing an episode of the series Chicago Hope. He is a professor at the University of Southern California, has served as the Artistic Director at the Sundance Institute, and is on the National Board of the Directors Guild.
Part 1 Introduction
Part 2 Nominees in Attendance, 1992-2005
Chapter 3 1. "How I Got Here"
Chapter 4 2. The Script
Chapter 5 3. Preproduction
Chapter 6 4. The Cast
Chapter 7 5. The Crew
Chapter 8 6. Design
Chapter 9 7. Rehearsal
Chapter 10 8. Production: The Shoot
Chapter 11 9. Postproduction: Editing
Chapter 12 10. Postproduction: Music and Sound
Chapter 13 11. The Best and the Worst
Part 14 Appendix A: Biographies
Part 15 Appendix B: The Directors Guild of America Nominees and Winners
Part 16 Appendix C: Elia Kazan: On What Makes a Director
Part 17 Index
Part 18 About the Moderator and Editor
This book is pure gold from beginning to end. It's an absolute must for any serious filmmaker.
Steven Soderbergh, director of Erin Brockovich and Traffic

These superbly edited interviews put you in intimate touch with some of the film world's most gifted spirits as they tell, in richly anecdotal and often humorous fashion, how they created their most memorable works.
Richard Schickel, filmmaker, author, and Time Magazine critic

Films are national treasures. Getting a glimpse of how they are made is a treat for the film lover. Hopefully, these nominations will continue to provide that.
American Reference Books Annual

Of all the directors here, it is Spielberg who speaks at greatest length and in most detail, and his remarks alone are worth the price of admission....budding auteurs...stand to learn a great deal from the accumulated wisdom in these pages.
The Hollywood Reporter

...this is the kind of stuff that movie addicts will devour...Crisply edited, this truly has something to fascinate on every page. FOUR STARS
Film Review

...highly entertaining. Whether it's Peter Jackson discussing how to coax actors into wearing the prosthetic devices they agreed to or Sam Mendes's comments on incorporating wildly different acting techniques, it all makes for rewarding reading.
2006-03-06; Publishers Weekly

...fascinating and insightful...a highly informative and wildly entertaining read.
Dga Quarterly

The nominees who share their vision include:

Roberto Benigni (Life Is Beautiful)James L. Brooks (As Good as It Gets)
James Cameron (Titanic)Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation)
Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire)Stephen Daldry (The Hours)
Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption)Andrew Davis (The Fugitive)
Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby)Marc Forster (Finding Neverland)
Mel Gibson (Braveheart)Taylor Hackford (Ray)
Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential)Scott Hicks (Shine)
Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind)Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy)
Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich)Neil Jordan (The Crying Game)
Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)Mike Leigh (Secrets & Lies)
Barry Levinson (Bugsy)Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge)
John Madden (Shakespeare in Love)Michael Mann (The Insider)