101 Things I Learned in Film School

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An illustrated, accessible introduction to filmmaking from a Hollywood screenwriter, producer, script consultant, and film school professor.

Bringing a film to life requires skills in storytelling, the visual arts, logistics, and more. This book presents many critical principles of filmmaking, including:

  • How to structure and pitch a screenplay
  • How to make visible the invisible, such as backstory, motivation, and inner psychology
  • Why it's best to keep your characters plunging into the unknown
  • The difference between plot, story, and theme
  • How to compose a frame visually
  • How to manage finances, schedules, set logistics, sound, and lighting
  • Why many films drag in Act 2, and what to do about it

Written by Neil Landau and Matthew Frederick. Published by Crown in 2021. Hardcover, measures 7.3 x 5.2 x 1.06 inches, 216 pages. ISBN 9781524762001

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