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The Film Director's Bag of Tricks Sample PDF

The Film Director's Bag of Tricks Sample PDF

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THE FILM DIRECTOR’S
Bag Of Tricks
How to get what you wantfrom writers and actorsMark W. Travis
 
THE FILM DIRECTOR’S BAG OF TRICKS 
~
Mark W. Travis 
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Table of Contents
DedicationvAcknowledgmentsxivHow To Use This BookxviForeword by Mark RydellxviiiIntroduction by Mark W. TravisxixCHAPTER ONE
The Alchemist and The Story and The Writer 1
TRICK: EXPRESSING ENTHUSIASM 2TRICK: THE HIDDEN STORY 4The Story 5Socratic Questioning 7Pulling Back the Curtain 10TRICK: THE HIDDEN SUBTEXT 10The Larger Picture 12TRICK: REFRAMING THE PICTURE 13Subtext: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice 15TRICK: READING THE SCENE OUT LOUD 15TRICK: THE DIRECTOR AND WRITER READING 17 TRICK: WHEN THE ACTORS READ IT I HEARD SOMETHING NEW 18Cutting a Scene, Character, or Event 20TRICK: MICROSURGERY 21Step One: Praise 21Step Two: More Praise 22Step Three: The Invitation 22Step Four: The Kill 23Step Five: The Salve 23TRICK: CLAIMING INSANITY AS A MEANS TO AN END 24Responding to Rewrites 26The Script Is Never Finished 26TRICK: 2+1+1 27Raising Children 29
 
Table of Contentsxi
CHAPTER TWO
The Alchemist Hires Some Assistants
 
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The Casting Process 33Relationships 34TRICK: INSTANT RELATIONSHIP 34The First Meeting 34Humble Director 35Setting the Stage: Creating the ‘Safe Zone’ 35Boundaries 36Freedom 36Speed Dating 37The Character of the Actor 38TRICK: CHANGE THE ENVIRONMENT 38TRICK: A WALK IN THE PARK 39CHAPTER THREE
The Alchemist in Rehearsal
 
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1. Why Do We Go to the Movies? 432. Where Does the Story Live? 433. What Is the Most Important Directorial Skill? 44The First Reading 44TRICK: THE CONFIDENCE CON 45The First Reading of the Script 46TRICK: ERASE EXPECTATIONS 46TRICK: GRATITUDE AND PRAISE 47No Criticism 47The Actor’s Job 48First Rehearsal 49Peripheral Vision 49Point of Concentration (POC) 50Pause and Clip 51Comfort and Conict 51TRICK: PAUSE 51TRICK: CLIP 52The Release 53Activities: Independent, Dependent, and Continuums 53

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