Timely News:

The release of some of George Cukor’s works on DVD is the occasion for this writer to focus on the director’s attention to visual composition and camera movement among other things.

In a recent issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine, Steven Spielberg tells stories from throughout his entire filmography, but in this online-only excerpt he dives deep into his early years, when he was just a “pre-teen”-looking kid from Arizona, hustling around Hollywood with a projector in a suitcase and an armload of short films.

from HitFix: Martin Scorsese’s child’s-eye adventure “Hugo” is the latest in a long line of the director’s films boasting astonishing technical artistry from a distinguished team of loyal collaborators. With the film hitting theaters, the site looks back and rounds up the finest below-the-line elements from his oeuvre, including contributions from such films as “Shutter Island,” “The Age of Innocence” and “Raging Bull.”

Recommended Resources:


Anatomy of A Scene: directors discuss ideas and techniques behind scenes in their films.


Recommended school resources:

General recommendations:

George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey (DVD)   Clint Eastwood: Master Filmmaker at Work Film Noir, the Directors

FilmCraft: Directing     

 A personal journey with Martin Scorsese through American movies [Book] Just Making Movies: Company Directors on the Studio System 


Shoot Like… (Michael Wiese Productions)
speilberg book tarantino scorsese

How to Analyze the Films of…. (ABDO Publishing)

Cover: How to Analyze the Films of the Coen Brothers tarantino2

Ambrose Video (2013)

Masters of Cinema

Contemporary Film Directors Series (UI Press)

Facts on File Great Filmmakers Series

Making It In Hollywood: The Directors (series, 2006)

 AFI’s The Directors Series (DVD)

Thunder’s Mouth Press Directors Series











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