On Film-Making: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director by Alexander Mackendrick. Edited and with an introduction by Paul Cronin. Though Alexander . The other thing—getting it on the screen—is the medium; film begins between the ears and under the hair of one. Mackendrick on Film is an educational project constructed around the film teachings of legendary pedagogue Alexander Mackendrick. Taking as its starting .

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The book is somewhat like reading the pre-socratic philosophers–a great deal of wisdom but not much coherence or development. Jan 06, Jose Acevedo rated it really liked it. Add the first question. It’s like the textbook you wish you’d had earlier; but as Mackendrick says, “Work is the only real training”. The content is good mackendrivk fragmentary. This article needs additional citations for verification.

His father was a ship builder and a civil engineer. Jun 22, Christy rated it really liked it. Because you’ll learn things there, what you must never again do to an actor… I think the directors who are insensitive to the performers are really bad directors”, he said in his interview. Mackendrick was tough on his students, and they eventually appreciated it.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? The content is good but fragmentary. Instead, he offers up the accumulated wisdom of a disciplined and productive career.


MacKendrick wrote his first film script with his cousin and close friend, Roger MacDougall. Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Very interesting in many ways — lots of the thoughts and principles are applicable to writing or other disciplines as much as film-making.

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Jul 28, Courtney LeMay rated it liked it. He was leading by example of industriousness. I’d like to read this book on Mackendrock Don’t have a Kindle? An invaluable guide of really smart observations of a difficult art form.

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May 28, David rated it really liked it. One of the most distinguished if frequently overlooked directors ever to emerge from the British film industry, Alexander Mackendrick, was in fact born in the US to Scottish parentsbut grew up in his native Scotland, where he studied at the Glasgow School of Art.

In the case of dramatic imagination it means the capacity to see an image from this point-of-view and then switch to another point-of-view. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.

It’s all beautifully illustrated by Mackendrick. View all 4 comments.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Gathered and edited in this collection, Mackendrick’s teachings reveal that he had the talent not only to make great films, but also to articulate the process with a clarity and insight that will still inspire any aspirant film-maker.


As a teacher his reputation grows steadily, due to the publication of On Film-Making. Abner Rosenweig Top Contributor: It was bought by Associated British and later released, after script revisions, as Midnight Menace To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I appreciate Mackendrick’s advice but wish the content were a little more comprehensive.

I have no talent for that Based on a series of lecture notes it is inevitably sometimes a bit dry, but full of examples and illustrations it is as immersive as you could expect any book on this subject to be.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Will probably read it once a year for the rest of my life. Why wasn’t part of our curriculum at NYU? At the core of Mackendrick’s lessons lay a deceptively simple goal:

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