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Editorial Reviews

Aspiring young directors will find a plethora of practical advice and behind-the-scenes anecdotes in prolific film and TV director John Badham's insightful book.

Badham's inviting, spirited performance of his own work guides the listener through these detailed and often entertaining accounts about extracting the best performances from actors, handling adversity on sets, and establishing healthy, collaborative relationships with casts and crews.

Film buffs or anyone with a fleeting interest in craft of directing will find this to be a must-listen.

Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 John Badham (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Excellent

This would be a great book to review before starting a big project or even something on a smaller scale. There are points in the book that I feel help first time directors and directors that are looking to remember what they might've messed up on the first time.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Actually about leadership

Funny. I wasn't looking for a book about directing, but actually there are leadership lessons in here. Also I'm following acting lessons (very amateur, but nevertheless) and it's interesting to hear how top actors prepare for movies.

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Very informative and well written and narrated.

a very good tool for all budding directors. I will check the checklist each time I direct a short film. excellent. I'm glad I bought this book.

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There's a lot packed in here.

Great listening and learning experience. Massive amount of information packed into this book. John Badham does an excellent job of condensing his experience and heartfelt observations into this package. Loved it!

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Practical

if you are directing a movie and you can only find the time to read one book, this is the book. Tobe Fair I had the pleasure of working with the man 15 years ago, and though I haven't seen him since hearing his voice in this reading automatically created great associations. there are a lot of theories and conflicting ideas in the world of filmmaking, but this book is from a practical application standpoint first and foremost without ever really drifting up into the higher abstract stuff which makes it accessible to a much larger crowd. It's all the stuff you never would have thought of, and would have never come to without first making those mistakes. PS sorry for any run-on sentences speech to text while driving winky face

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Excellent Book. Must Hear.

Great information for aspiring and professional film directors. You will thank yourself for hearing this audio book. Very interesting.

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Loved it

A great guide and refresher for directors and wannabees. Got something for screenwriters, actors and editors too.

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Recommended for anyone involved w/ film and video.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Helpful and practical.

What other book might you compare John Badham on Directing to and why?

David Mamet's On Directing.

What about John Badham’s performance did you like?

Well delivered, pleasant voice of experience.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

How to work with actors.

Any additional comments?

A sage voice of wisdom.

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Great film book for ambitious people.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

As opposed to many film books out there, this one takes speaks to the reader as if the reader will some day make it to Hollywood.

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