Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Making Movies (3) - Style: The Most Misused Word Since Love

Few points I liked from Sidney Lumet's book, "Making Movies".
1) The Director: The Best Job in the World
2) The Script: Are Writers Necessary?

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# Making a movie has always been about telling a story. Some movies tell a story and leave you with a feeling. Some tell a story and leave you with a feeling and give you an idea. Some tell a story, leave you with a feeling, give you an idea, and reveal something about yourself and others. And surely the way you tell that story should relate somehow to what that story is. 

# Because that’s what style is: the way you tell a particular story. 

# After the first critical decision (“What’s this story about?”) comes the second most important decision: “Now that I know what it’s about, how shall I tell it?” And this decision will affect every department involved in the movie that is about to be made. 

# There are four primary forms of storytelling—tragedy, drama, comedy, and farce. No category is absolute. 

# What I always try to determine is the general area where I think the picture belongs, because the first step in finding the style is to start narrowing down the choices I’ll have to make. 

# Someone once asked me what making a movie was like. I said it was like making a mosaic. Each setup is like a tiny tile. You color it, shape it, polish it as best you can. You’ll do six or seven hundred of these, maybe a thousand. (There can easily be that many setups in a movie.) Then you literally paste them together and hope it’s what you set out to do. But if you expect the final mosaic to look like anything, you’d better know what you’re going for as you work on each tiny tile.
 

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