Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics


Film Directing TechniquesProduct: Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics

Subject: Film Directing Techniques

Publisher: Focal Press

Language: English

Length: 560 Pages

Price:  $33.93 ( Retail )

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Our Rating: 9 out of 10

Whether you’re a student studying filmmaking or perhaps an enthusiast about the field, Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics is a book for you to check out. With so much information offered in a neat, easy-to-read way, this book deserves much praise.

It covers most of the film directing techniques, explains them in ways that are easy to understand even by readers who aren’t specialists. Even the most experienced directors can benefit from this book.

So how about those who want to learn film directing?

With a lot of details and advice for every stage of film production, anyone, specialist or not, can come out with a thing or two from this book.

It’s considered a manual, a guide to help directors throughout their career to use their talents and visions to the fullest. The great thing about this book is that it doesn’t leave a stage of film production uncovered.

All the techniques and methods, even the processes a director must go through during thinking and judging – all of these are there, explained in full details without confusing the reader or overwhelming him. Even the process of how to deal with your cast and crew, how to push them to do their best and together, create a wonderful film with a credible story and artistic vision.

Written by Michael Rabiger and Mick Hurbis-Cherrier, Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics is a must have for anyone who’s interested in learning about directing and the fascinating process of film making.

The Good & The Bad

The Pros:

  • Always updated. New editions come out regularly to make sure that the book is always up to date. Even the film examples and references are expanded on to explain the techniques mentioned in the book. The new editions don’t only update, but they re-organize and are constantly revised to make sure that the book is as easy to understand as possible.
  • If you think something is missing in the book (which has a really slim chance of happening, considering how large and detailed this book is, the table of contents is 13 pages on its own!), Directing comes with a paired up website to cover any missing details and supplement the information in the book:
  • Easy enough for beginners yet powerful for experienced directors. You don’t have to be a film maker or a great director to have this book and understand it. The unusual terms are thoroughly explained, making nothing confusing for beginner readers, yet experienced directors won’t find themselves getting bored.
  • Very organized, with every chapter covering a new aspect of art. Complete overview of what a director does and his job in details then every stage of film production-scripting, pre-production, casting, dealing with cast and actors, camera shots and post-production.

The Cons:

  • Kindle copy has some minor formatting defaults that I noticed. In places there are unnecessary hyphens between the words – it can be very distracting even if you can tolerate it, regardless of the quality of the information itself.

Who Is This Book For?

Anyone who is enthusiastic about film directing or even just curious about how the whole film making process goes. Screenwriters, directors, and even producers should definitely have a copy of this book on their shelves.

You don’t have to be a professional – even teenagers who want to capture a short video on their personal video camera will find a lot to learn from Directing.

Our Final Take On This Book

Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics is a must-have. Whether it’s to learn film directing from point A to Z, or just curiosity about directing and film-making moving you, this book will provide you with everything you need to know about film directing techniques and secrets.

A few formatting errors in the Kindle version of the book don’t decrease it’s rating one bit, I still give it a high rating and encourage the editors to fix the errors to make the book perfect and faultless.

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  1. Film directing is something that I am very unfamiliar with but willing to look into. This book looks like it something that every director needs in their arsenal.

    This product also received a lot of praise from the amazon reviews. It is rare to find something of great value. I also like the fact that someone from any experience level can benefit from this book.

  2. Hi Chris.
    My passion is learning. I feel blessed for living in this Information age where absolutely anything you want to know is a few clicks away. I landed in this article almost by accident and took a look at your site. THEN I saw The Geek Article Selection and boom. I don’t see angels but I listen to one of them, either that or I am crazier than I know. I love your website
    Best wishes

    • LOL yeah our Geek Article section is our hidden gem Oscar – just some Mulder and Scully topics that we find interesting 🙂

  3. I am neither a student studying film making nor an enthusiast about the field but I must confess, I am really impressed about your review of this book. You sound very convincing and market the book so well. I hope students of film making and enthusiasts will find the book useful as promised.

  4. Hello, I see that you have in your website a lot books and movies reviewed. It as virtual library, where everybody can get questions and get answers right away.
    I wonder if all filmmakers, directors go to college or academy to learn how to create a movie. If artists talented, maybe they could use your mentioned book about film making techniques and aesthetics.
    This practical guide, which covers methods, techniques, can be real help to those, who would like to create a movie. Providing a view for artistic process, when working with actors and crew, it gives ability to directors and movie makers, to express themselves in a best way as possible.
    It is great that this book is constantly renewed. It means, that readers would be informed about newest inventions, techniques and all details, which are important for creative process.
    Thanks for review. All the best, Nemira.

    • Hi Nemira,
      Sounds like you like the sound of this publication…we did to!!! Are you into filmmaking yourself?

  5. My uncle is actually a film student out in sweden. I will pass this link along to him because he is always telling me that directing films and using a camera is no easy task.

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge and i look forward to more posts from you..


  6. Great review. I’m a huge book collector I collect all types of books and magazines. Well I just starte the magazines about a month ago. But I have been doing books for a while now. I like how you broke down each piece of this book and gave he good and bad. Although I’m not a film director or desire to be one. I love to read and learn new information.

    I will say after reading your review. I will have to go over to Amazon and give this book a try. Or add it to the collection I should say. Thanks.

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