John Badham On Directing: Notes from the Set of Saturday Night Fever, War Games, and More

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9781615931385: John Badham On Directing: Notes from the Set of Saturday Night Fever, War Games, and More

Veteran director John Badham explains the elements of action and suspense and dissects the essentials of any good scene from any genre. Badham’s list of “12 Questions You Must Ask Before Stepping On Set” is an absolute must in any filmmaker’s toolbox. Whether actor, director, cinematographer, production designer, or any other creative, Badham gives you the tools to deconstruct and solve scenes that either don’t work or need sharpening. Continuing the work begun in his best-selling book I’ll Be In My Trailer, Badham shares more insights into working with difficult actors, rehearsal techniques, and getting the best performance from your cast.

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John Badham, BA, MFA Yale University, DHL Columbia College, is a director and producer of theatrical films and television including Saturday Night Fever, WarGames, Short Circuit, Blue Thunder, Heroes, Criminal Minds, The Shield, Nikita, Psych. The Library of Congress recently selected Saturday Night Fever to be added to the National Registry of Films. Badham's book I'll Be In My Trailer, the Creative Wars Between Directors and Actors is used as a textbook in film schools worldwide. His films have been nominated for five Academy Awards and two Emmy Awards. He has won three Saturn Awards from the Academy of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the Grand Prize from the Paris International Science Fiction Festival. His areas of expertise are working with actors, action, suspense and fantasy films. As Dodge Professor of Film and Media at Chapman University, he teaches intermediate and advanced directing.


""I always felt the essence of cinema was the coming together of acting and writing. There are many books on the topics related to directing, but I feel that John Badham's first section on acting is worth its weight in gold. There are many skills involved in making a motion picture, but few so important as working with (and understanding) the actors. That's probably why of all the migrations possible to become a director, few are as successful or plentiful as that of actor to director. This book clearly lays out truthful principles in helping an actor achieve his goals in a way I've never seen before. The other two sections are full of helpful tips as well, but Part 1 is essential for anyone who is serious about directing""
Francis Coppola

""Insights from one of the greats. Imagine sitting with Badham and asking every question you had on the craft. It's a treasure trove of invaluable tools and tips.""
—J.J. Abrams, Director, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek, Super 8

""John Badham has always  delivered spectacular pieces of cinematic action remains a master at staging it and breaking it down.  He has a clean, crisp sense of storytelling and an unerring sense of motion and power.  It is a privilege to have his  legacy handed down upon a new generation of filmmakers.""

Pacific Rim, Pan's Labyrinth

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