“Techniques of the Film Masters” (ISBN: 978-1-4357-4347-2) was recently released in the electronic book (ebook) reader format as an App for the iPhone. This ebook gives student filmmakers a unique look at the personality, vision of cinema, directing style, and creative artistic elements in film of several famous film directors including Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, M. Night Shyamalan, as well as Orson Welles.
If student filmmakers want to learn how to direct great films, then they should study great film directors. Studying a director close-up will encourage and motivate students of film and provide a role model for them to follow as they continue to mature their own creative artistic elements in filmmaking.
The introductory chapter of “Techniques of the Film Masters” focuses on the Media Equation Theory popularized by Byron Reeves and Clifford Nass as a valid model and concept of communication. Represented by the expression that Media = Real Life, the author (Adrian Robbe) describes how the Media Equation can be applied to the communication medium of motion picture film; and, in particular, the craft of directing a film. In the remaining chapters of the book, the author explores the directing style of the following masters of film: Orson Welles, M. Night Shyamalan, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Spielberg. After presenting a short biography of each film director, the author describes their independent directing styles. Each of the major techniques they utilize as a form of artistic presentation in their role as a motion picture director is examined through several of their landmark films.
In Chapter 2, the author discusses Orson Welles and his movie Citizen Kane (1941) and the various tools of narrative cinema that he implemented in this great Hollywood classic.
Chapter 3 is dedicated to analyzing the directorial style of M. Night Shyamalan in his motion pictures Signs (2002), Unbreakable (2000), and The Sixth Sense (1999).
In Chapter 4, the author examines the artistic style and cinematic techniques of Martin Scorsese in his films Mean Streets (1973), Taxi Driver (1976), Goodfellas (1990), and Gangs of New York (2002).
Chapter 5 is devoted to the Hollywood film industry leader, Steven Spielberg. This final chapter of the book explores a multitude of Steven Spielberg’s films from an analytical perspective and reveals foundations of his human compassion and artistic cinematic techniques.
The “Techniques of the Film Masters” e-book can be downloaded at the following link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/techniques-the-film-masters/id339854504?mt=8