As a director, you must have a concept, a "director's idea", to shape your approach to the actors, the camera, and the script. With this clear idea your film will be deeper and more effective, and you will be able to differentiate--and therefore make the choice--between competent directing and great directing. Using case studies of famous directors as real-world examples of "director's ideas", the author has provided the theory and the practice to help directors immediately improve their work.
Ken Dancyger is the author of numerous books on screenwriting, editing, and production. He conducts screenwriting forums and workshops in North America, Europe, and Asia. A past chair of Undergraduate studies in the Department of Film and Television at NYU, he is currently Professor of Film and Television at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
Part I, What the Director Does: Introduction; The Director's Idea; The Competent Director; The Good Director; The Great Director; Text Interpretation; The Camera; The Actor; Part II, Case Studies: Sergei Eisenstein; John Ford; George Stevens; Billy Wilder; Ernst Lucitsch; Elia Kazan; Francois Truffaut; Roman Polanski; Stanley Kubrick; Steven Spielberg; Margarethe Von Trotta; Lukas Moodysson; Catharine Breillat; Mary Harron; Conclusion; Appendix