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Making Movies From one of America s most acclaimed directors comes a book that is both a professional memoir and a definitive guide to the art, craft, and business of the motion picture Drawing onyears of experience on movies ranging from Long Day s Journey Into Night to The Verdict, Lumet explains the painstaking labor that results in two hours of screen magic The perfect instruction book, either for fans or the career minded Imagine having a long conversation with a legendary director, where you get to ask him all the things you want to know what s the shooting process like, how do you rehearse actors, what s the relationship between you and cinematographer, or you and the editor, how do you deal with unions, and while you re at it, what in the world is color timing This book is all that, told in the plainest, most direct, most cut the crap manner The perfect instruction book, either for fans or the career minded Imagine having a long conversation with a legendary director, where you get to ask him all the things you want to know what s the shooting process like, how do you rehearse actors, what s the relationship between you and cinematographer, or you and the editor, how do you deal with unions, and while you re at it, what in the world is color timing This book is all that, told in the plainest, most direct, most cut the crap manner imaginable It is, possibly, the quickest and most educational book ever written on its subject The day or two is takes to read it will fill your head with all kinds of fundamentals of film craft I can t recommend it highly enough lumet s an interesting guy to think about if one decides to make a film the guy s made some of the best films of our time but for me, lumet provides a cautionary tale of what not to become 12 Angry MenDog Day AfternoonNetworkThe VerdictSerpicoBefore the Devil Knows You re Deadall good and Network is great and he s made about fifty bad movies including A Stranger Among Us, Guilty as Sin, the remake of Gloria, etclumet s obviously an intelligent guy with good taste cites Carl Dreyer as lumet s an interesting guy to think about if one decides to make a film the guy s made some of the best films of our time but for me, lumet provides a cautionary tale of what not to become 12 Angry MenDog Day AfternoonNetworkThe VerdictSerpicoBefore the Devil Knows You re Deadall good and Network is great and he s made about fifty bad movies including A Stranger Among Us, Guilty as Sin, the remake of Gloria, etclumet s obviously an intelligent guy with good taste cites Carl Dreyer as his favorite director nice and he s an auteur a thematic quality runs through his best work and he clearly chooses his material by a certain standard but lumet is at the mercy of two things 1 the time in which he lives and 2 his cinematographer it s also worth noting that he comes from television which is about as visually distinctive as high school yearbook photography check it out 1 why are his 70s movies better why do his 90s movies suck well, he was a younger man in the 70s than in the 90s and hadfire in his belly of course but he was also making films in american cinema s 2nd golden age the spirit of the time dominated his films gritty, tough films both thematically and visually intense character studies about flawed people obsessive and paranoid films as a response to nixon watergate vietnam 2 lumet s great w actors for sure his pacing is great, he knows how to construct a scene but visually, is there a lumet style well in making movies he states, for example, that the color blue never once appears in The Verdict paul newman s eyes as he wanted the film to have an autumnal feel ok that s kinda cool but, ultimately, is there anything visual to distinguish a sidney lumet film naw, not really and this is ok same for howard hawks for hawks it s all a code of masculinity and saucy dames he left the visuals to the camera guy fuck that i don t wanna be at the mercy of my cinematographer greg toland cinematographer of Citizen Kane famously explained that orson welles was able to reinvent cinema with his first feature in that he didn t know the rules , he didn t understand the limitations he demanded shots from toland that hadn t been done before and refused to hear that they couldn t be done but there s only one orson welles the rest of us will believe our DP when s he tells us that a shot cannot be done the rest of us will allow our DP to construct a shot fuck that filmmakers rule 1 on set, know how to do everybody s job better than them spielberg has kaminski, a visual fucking god, but every spielberg film looks like a spielberg film.in the early 90s francis ford coppola said that new technology would democratize cinema a few years back james gray said that new technology hasn t done much in the way of the democratization of cienema in that 99.9% of homemade movies suck gray s right you gotta know the technical stuff lumet is a very good filmmaker and i thank him kindly for Before the Devil Knows You re Dead the naked marisa tomei scenes have provided invaluable masturbatory assistance and making movies is a great read but, for me, it s a cautionary tale i might never make a film as good as network shit, i hope i make one half as good but fuck if i let my cinematographer or the time in which i live be the deciding factor of what my film looks like be like a writer banging out the beats of his novel only to have someone else handle the prose this is in no way meant to disparage cinematographers the great ones are every bit the genius as the great directors and a great cinematographer matched with a great director bergman nykvist godard coutard, coppola willis can create something transcendent but i ain t a cinematographer and in terms of my shit, i m an insufferable egomaniac and hopefully the tension b t a tough minded director and tough minded cinematographer will make em both better than they could ve been on their own 2019 Re read Sidney Lumet has always been one of my favorite directors and a big filmmaking inspiration to me He s always enjoyable to listen to when he speaks about the craft and I ve learned so much from him over the years, even from simply watching his movies, which includes numerous classics like Dog Day Afternoon, Network, The Verdict, 12 Angry Men, and Serpico.And this book is a great summary of everything that makes Lumet awesome You get a sense of his theories on filmmaking and workin 2019 Re read Sidney Lumet has always been one of my favorite directors and a big filmmaking inspiration to me He s always enjoyable to listen to when he speaks about the craft and I ve learned so much from him over the years, even from simply watching his movies, which includes numerous classics like Dog Day Afternoon, Network, The Verdict, 12 Angry Men, and Serpico.And this book is a great summary of everything that makes Lumet awesome You get a sense of his theories on filmmaking and working with actors, as well as great on set anecdotes And it s all told in his trademark pragmatic tone that s easy to read, non technical, totally relatable, and completely unpretentious.When people ask me about required reading for filmmakers, I always include this on my lists I grew up with the conception that movies were art The media would commonly refer to it as the 7th form of artistic expression I had my doubts In my young mind, it was easy to assemble a film together All people had to do was bring actors to their sets Then the camera would roll, and another motion picture was made It was now waiting in the cinema, and you could by a ticket for a reasonable price I was wrong There is muchto it Creating film is a complex process The struggles are I grew up with the conception that movies were art The media would commonly refer to it as the 7th form of artistic expression I had my doubts In my young mind, it was easy to assemble a film together All people had to do was bring actors to their sets Then the camera would roll, and another motion picture was made It was now waiting in the cinema, and you could by a ticket for a reasonable price I was wrong There is muchto it Creating film is a complex process The struggles are immense There are benefits in all of it, and the fact that it is a complex system gives extreme importance to the figure of the director a person I thought had it easy, after all, his role was to hire people to do it for him But this is not how it works Sidney Lumet, one of the industry s most revered directors, proves it Lumet not only writes a comprehensive success guide to his aspiring colleagues, he also informs the layman about every concealed aspect of his process To do this, he writes in a fluent, candid prose, that any person can understand., debunking and destroying various myths and misconceptions about his craft His wisdom, derived from yeas of experience, shines a new light on the herculean process of movie making It will transform your views, and make you appreciate the art even

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