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The Director’s Chair Issue #20 – Dec. 17, 2001 (Motion Picture Directing)

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December 17, 2001          Scene 2 – Take 11

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8.  Feature Article – “Motion Picture Directing”
9.  Directing Tip – “Directing for an Audience”
10. Tips for Young Filmmakers – “Shaping Your Own Style”
11. Out Takes
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Welcome to Issue #20 of The Director’s Chair (December 17, 2001).

1) THE FEATURE ARTICLE – “Motion Picture Directing”
by Cecil B. DeMille

This paper was originally presented before the Graduate School of
Business Administration of Harvard University, April 26, 1927.

2) THE DIRECTING TIP – “Directing for an Audience”

3) TIPS FOR YOUNG FILMMAKERS – “Shaping Your Own Style”

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The Internet is now where the action is for the film and
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Remember, your domain name is YOUR IDENTITY on the Internet, and
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multiple domains (filled with specific film and TV keywords) and
“pointing” those domains to your main website.

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8. FEATURE ARTICLE – “Motion Picture Directing”

I thought I would do something a little different this issue and
send you to the website of a talk given by the legendary
Hollywood director, Cecil B. DeMille.

“Motion Picture Directing” is a paper originally presented by
Cecil B. DeMille before the Graduate School of Business
Administration of Harvard University, April 26, 1927.

To read the article, click on the link below:

For more information on Cecil B. DeMille, click below.

1) http://www.lostcitydemille.com/bio.html

2) http://www.lynnpdesign.com/classicmovies/demille/

3) http://www.reelclassics.com/Directors/deMille/demille.htm

4) http://www.eonline.com/Facts/People/0,12,44716,00.html

9.  DIRECTING TIP – Directing for an Audience

As a director, it’s important to properly gauge the length of
time the viewer needs to digest the information in a scene.
(the greater audience involvement, the more successful the film)

Remember, an audience will accept as pertinent almost anything
portrayed on the screen, even if it seems to make little sense.
(If it’s there, it must be for reason.)


“Shaping Your Own Style”

All filmmakers, whether it be Hollywood, Indie, or Art, all have
a distinct feature that makes them different from every other
film artist.  Take, for example, the director Tim Burton.
Anybody with eyes notices instantly that his style is different
than anybody else’s.  All directors and filmmakers have their own
style, though some are harder to see.  To be a successful
filmmaker, you need to develop your own style and flairs.  If
not, you’ll be stuck copying other people’s ideas for the rest of
your career.

When I first started off in film, I made a huge mistake.  I KNEW
the kind of style I wanted, and tried to go for it.  The films I
made were good, but I didn’t feel a connection with them.
Finally, after a series of “failed” films, I decided to try
something different:  I just let myself “flow” behind the camera.
I was amazed by the result.  Not only had I made a film that I
was truly happy with, but I felt a connection with this one.
This is how I started to develop my STYLE.

And this is what you need to do.  You, as the budding filmmaker,
need to stop trying to copy all the styles that you see.  When
you’re behind the camera, just let your feelings flow.  Know your
scene, let it come from your gut, and shoot it.  You’ll be
amazed.  I know that even after a good four years of trying to do
this, I still haven’t cemented my style, but am well on my way.
This process will take time, but it’s worth it’s weight in gold.
When your audience says, “I’ve never seen anything like that
before!” You’ll know you’ve got it.

Cody is a young filmmaker from Northern Wisconsin who is
presently enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
To contact Cody, email: cody.agenten@gmail.com

11.  OUT TAKES – Missing the ski season already?

I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but up north
(here in Toronto, Canada) there is very little of the white stuff.

So, if you are missing the ski season, here are a few exercises
to keep you primed and ready.

– Soak your gloves and store them in the freezer after every use.

– Fasten a small, wide rubber band around the top half of your
head before you go to bed each night.

– If you wear glasses, begin wearing them with glue smeared on
the lenses.

– Throw away a hundred dollar bill: now.

– Find the nearest ice rink and walk across the ice 20 times in
your ski boots carrying two pairs of skis, accessory bag and
poles. Pretend you are looking for your car. Sporadically drop

– Place a small but angular pebble in your shoes, line them with
crushed ice, and then tighten a C-clamp around your toes.

– Buy a new pair of gloves and immediately throw one away.

– Secure one of your ankles to a bed post and ask a friend to run
into you at high speed.

– Go to McDonald’s and insist on paying $8.50 for a hamburger. Be
sure you are in the longest line.

–  Clip a lift ticket to the zipper of your jacket and ride a
motorcycle fast enough to make the ticket lacerate your face.

– Drive slowly for five hours – anywhere – as long as it’s in a
snowstorm and you’re following an 18 wheeler.

– Fill a blender with ice, hit the pulse button and let the spray
blast your face. Leave the ice on your face until it melts. Let
it drip into your clothes.

– Dress up in as many clothes as you can and then proceed to take
them off because you have to go to the bathroom.

– Slam your thumb in a car door. Don’t go see a doctor.

– Repeat all of the above every Saturday and Sunday until it’s
time for the real thing.


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