On Film-Making: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director by Alexander Mackendrick. Edited and with an introduction by Paul Cronin. Though Alexander . The other thing—getting it on the screen—is the medium; film begins between the ears and under the hair of one. Mackendrick on Film is an educational project constructed around the film teachings of legendary pedagogue Alexander Mackendrick. Taking as its starting .

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Search for ” Mackendrick on Film ” on Amazon. Jul 12, Abner Rosenweig rated it really liked it. Different from Lumet’s Making Movies which is also one of the best books on the craftin this one the director has looked within himself and consciously tried to make theory of the methods that, most say, only come through experience.

Skip the long introduction and move straight into the meat of the book if you don’t want to begin your experience already frustrated. I decided the book was worth keeping for reference. There are some great tips and advice in it, both in terms of story and directing.

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MacKendrick has a humorous but nurturing tone in his writing that makes the book an easy read. Whether you use this book to help you reflect on your working practice or see it as an enjoyable insight into the development and execution of a film idea, there’s a great deal packed into these pages. Om your free trial.

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He was born filmmakinh 8 September the only child of Francis and Martha Mackendrick who had emigrated to the United States from Glasgow in Books by Alexander Mackendrick. Clswifty rated it really liked it Nov 19, Himself Richard Jefferies Alexander Mackendrick Better than film school. And the section begins with this sentence: Customers who viewed this item also viewed.


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On Filmmaking seems best, not as an introduction to the craft as advertised, but as a secondary or tertiary reference for an emerging filmmaker. I think the most important thing he taught me was just how much hard work goes into film-making.

I realised I was in the wrong business and got out. Oct 29, Veronica alexandre it really liked it Shelves: After this, there’s a fantastic alezander on working with actors, taking the wise and often ignored stance that the director “must have respect for his actors”. Overall, when I finished. I don’t necessarily agree with all his tactics.

He stayed with the school until he died of pneumonia inaged His absolute devotion to the craft of filmmaking served as a powerful impetus to students at the California Institute for the Arts for almost twenty five years, with a teaching style that included macckendrick notes, neatly crafted storyboards, and handouts containing excerpts of works by Kierkegaard, Aristotle, and others.

Jul 26, Tom Nittoli rated it it was amazing. On Prime Video Watch Now. Lots of good ideas and insights. A wonderful book from a master of cinema. I read it in two days.

Pages with related products. The book was edited together, post mortem, from Mackendrick’s notes on the craft of filmmaking, and the seams show.

On Filmmaking: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director

He taught his craft there until the end of his life. The book was edited together, post mortem, from Mackendrick’s notes on the craft of filmmaking, and the seams show.


Visit our Streaming Guide. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. MacKendrick wrote his first film script with his cousin and close friend, Roger MacDougall.

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A very detailed, but clear and accessible account of all the elements of filmmaking. In one paragraph he’ll dismiss his magnificent Sweet Smell of Success – “Looking back I cannot say I am surprised at its poor reception” – and then move forward to a string of pithy observations: The films of Alexander Mackendrick.

The rest of his professional life was spent commuting between London and Los Angeles. In this impressive volume, edited by Paul Cronin, the myriad materials that made Mackendrick’s aledander as an instructor are collected for the first time, offering a chance for professionals as well as students to discover a methodology of filmmaking that is challenging yet refreshing in its clarity.

It is simple, almost too simple.

In he alexqnder to the United States after being made Dean of the film school of the California Institute of the Artsgiving up the position in to become a professor at the school.

Only a filmmaker who was there can truly tell you how a film came into being. I have read a lot of filmmaking and film theory books, and this is one of the best.