Unique among directing books, Film Directing Fundamentals provides a clear-cut methodology for translating a script to the screen. Using the script as a blueprint, Proferes leads the reader through specific techniques to analyze and translate its components into a visual story. A sample screenplay is included that explicates the techniques. The book assumes no knowledge and thus introduces basic concepts and terminology.
"This book makes the really complicated business of directing understandable and, more importantly, do-able." - Focus "Just bring your talent, add a touch of luck, and the rest you will find in this book." -Milos Forman, film director (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus, The People vs. Larry Flynt) "Nick Proferes doesn't tell you how to direct-which would be as silly as telling you what to direct. Instead, he does something much more valuable: He explains how directors actually think their way though the job." -James Schamus, Associate Professor of Film at Columbia University, producer and screenwriter (The Ice Storm and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) "An admirable overview of the nuts and bolts of directing, Film Directing Fundamentals takes a unique approach in discussing the craft...Full of interesting observations, this book could be a welcome addition to the aspiring director's bookshelf." - Videomaker Magazine "For the aspiring director looking to develop craft and technique, this book would be a step in the right direction." - Kurt Patrick Turner "I am amazed by the simplicity with which Professor Proferes explicates complex ideas. Film Directing Fundamentals is valuable not only for film directors, but also for actors and anyone interested in the creation of dramatic art." -Andrie Serban, international theatre and opera director, and Professor at Columbia University's Theater Division "There are many books on directing, but none in my opinion have the depth and accessibility of Nick Proferes's. This treasure trove of insight and inspiration is a master class from a master teacher that clearly illuminates, step by step, the building blocks necessary to create meaningful cinematic storytelling with dramatic punch." -Alex Zamm, director and screenwriter (Chairman of the Board, My Date with the President's Daughter)