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The Director's Chair Issue #34 – April 14, 2003 (The Craft of Directing)

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THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR
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April 14, 2003          Scene 4 – Take 3
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CONTENTS
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1.  Introduction
2.  FREE Bonus for Subscribers
3.  Action-Cut-Print!
4.  Feature Article – The Craft of Directing
5.  Back Issues of The Director’s Chair
6.  Quote of the Month
7.  Out Takes – Movie Cliches: Women
8.  Share This Ezine
9.  Suggestions & Comments
10. Subscribe & Unsubscribe Information
11. Copyright Information

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1. INTRODUCTION
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Welcome to Issue #34 of The Director’s Chair (April 14, 2003).

1) This month’s feature is “The Craft of Directing” by Michael
Sheridan. Michael has written, directed and produced several
short films. He has also been a writer/reporter for the New York
Daily News, as well as the Queens Chronicle, in Queens, NY.

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4. FEATURE ARTICLE – The Craft of Directing
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“The Craft of Directing – The Rules of the Road”
by Michael Sheridan.

I came across this interesting essay at a film website and
thought I would pass it on to you. Michael Sheridan has written,
directed and produced several short films. He has also been a
writer/reporter for the New York Daily News, as well as the
Queens Chronicle, in Queens, NY.

You can access his essay by clicking on this link:
http://www.sheridanrealm.com/movies/articles/essaysA.asp

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6.     QUOTE OF THE MONTH
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“I just want to say one word to you – just one word – plastics.”

Walter Brooke to Dustin Hoffman in “The Graduate”

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7. OUT TAKES – Movie Cliches: Women
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Women will always have shaved legs and armpits, even in caveman
movies.

Women will be worrying about their nails or dresses while people
are trying to kill them.

Women stand wide-eyed, hand to mouth, while hero battles villain.

Women never thinks to clonk villain with handy object.
Counterpoint: If woman does clonk, she always hits hero instead.

Women always fight other movie women by pulling hair, falling to
ground together, rolling over twice.

High-powered female executives always wear miniskirts and
five-inch heels to work.

Beautiful women will always fawn over an action hero, no matter
what sexist remarks he makes to them.

A female lead with feminist leanings will always despise a macho
hero–until the first time he rescues her from certain death. She
will then become totally conventional and dependent. Once she
does this, the hero will become vulnerable and tell her about
some tragic loss that will explain his belligerent attitude.

Women wear make-up to bed, and wake up with hair and face
completely intact.

Women don’t need to go to the bathroom when they get up but will
shower frequently.

If a woman is pregnant, she will deliver before the movie ends.

Women also scream or make some other noise at the precise moment
the villain is close enough to hear.

Women always stand and watch the cars that are about to run them
over, OR the bad-guys that are about to shoot them (even if
there’s cover close by).

Strong (character/will) women are always macho, or bitchy.

Women always stuff their fist(s) in their mouths when terrified.

Women always have to be rescued by the hero, even if they’re
champion/ expert this or that.

Women are always too hysterical to do what the hero instructs. He
has to help/force her/knock her out.

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