PERFORMING ARTS

This Is How You Make a Movie

Laurence King. May 2020. 192p. ISBN 9781786275585. $24.99. FILM
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Grierson (Filmcraft: Screenwriting) explains how movies are created. He divides his quick, enjoyable, photo-heavy tutorial into sections titled “Acting,” “Directing,” and “Lighting and Camera,” and cites a variety of works, from Academy Award winners to independent films to blockbusters. To explain method acting, Grierson examines Marlon Brando’s performance in On the Waterfront and Robert De Niro’s portrayal of Rupert Pupkin in The King of Comedy; a section on negative space looks at L’Avventura and Roma; and for an analysis of close-up shots, Grierson explores If Beale Street Could Talk and The Passion of Joan of Arc. The author doesn’t overanalyze technical aspects, so readers unfamiliar with filmmaking won’t be overwhelmed.
VERDICT Those new to the language of filmmaking will emerge with a deeper appreciation of this complex, intricate process.
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