With a twist on the practical movie-making genre, This Is How You Make a Movie brings the subject to life by explaining the terms and processes through the films you know and love. Using key scenes from some of the best-loved movies of all time, Tim Grierson explores everything from cinematography to the secrets of talking to camera. Deep focus is explored through Citizen Kane, forced perspective through Elf, and slow motion through Reservoir Dogs. A fascinating read for film buffs who want to understand what goes on behind the camera, and above all an essential read for students and beginners in the industry.
"The style of critic Tim Grierson's This Is How You Make a Movie is simple but startlingly effective." -The Film Stage,
"But really, reading This is How You Make a Movie does make me appreciate my favorite films and the artistry in them even more, which is what it will do for you too... A beautifully designed, succinctly and smartly written book will always have room in my film book collection, as it will in yours too." -Cinemacy,
"This is essential reading for anyone who doesn't think they can pick something up from any motion picture, past or present." -Nashville Scene,
"Those new to the language of filmmaking will emerge with a deeper appreciation of this complex, intricate process." -Library Journal,
"It's a terrific volume, full of insight and information for both cinephiles and newbies.." - Crooked Marquee,
"The enhanced film literacy it preaches-written without pretension or assumption-will help the casual cinephile or blogger looking to add a little more legitimacy and authority to their musings, while acting as a cinematic Rosetta Stone to a world of more in-depth film writing." -Paste Magazine,
About the Author
Tim Grierson is the senior US film critic for Screen International and the chief film critic for Paste. He is a frequent contributor to Rolling Stone, Vulture and MEL. He is the author of six books, including FilmCraft: Screenwriting and Martin Scorsese in Ten Scenes.