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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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  • Mia
  • 03-07-2019

Great Insight & Advice

Some really great practical advice and knowledge along with some fantastic anecdotes and insights from not only John Badham but many other renowned directors too. If you don’t know his work and you want to direct a film maybe choose a different career

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  • Marcel-Jan
  • 17-11-2015

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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  • Mayur Katariya
  • 26-08-2015

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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  • Kristofer Bryant
  • 02-03-2015

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.

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  • Mark
  • 03-03-2021

A Gold Mine of Information

Whether you are in prep or studying to direct, this is the most practical and thoughtful guide I have come across. From tips that will save you when covering action, guiding performance, breaking down the script and prepping for each step of the process, on top of plenty of entertaining anecdotes, Badham does a tremendous job with a real flair for instructing.

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  • Renaldo Matlin
  • 01-02-2021

Mr Badham is a great teacher!

As a fan of John Badham the filmmaker since the 1980s, I greatly enjoyed to discover that he is also a wonderful, informative teacher with a nice sense of humor. This book is a must for any aspiring filmmaker, but not just for wannabe directors. There are also some great important lessons here for screenwriters by a guy who has seen it all!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-01-2021

Worth the time

Very insightful on the things I didn't think to know to ask.. And read well

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  • J. Lee
  • 20-10-2020

get it.

it's worth a listen. Even if you are not a director producer writer actor, and gives you great insight into being a boss. If you are a director writer producer editor or whatever in the industry, this is a must. very good non-judgmental information on how to get the job done.

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  • Jonita Saint-Leger
  • 29-06-2020

AMAZING!!!

This book is a gem!! I’m making this my go to Directing reference read before I do any film!! Highly recommended to any director, actor, producer that’s wants to learn from a highly successful, down to earth director!

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  • Derek Johnson
  • 29-06-2020

A Must!

John's insight is invaluable! While most filmmaking books are done by people who have only made a single unknown film, John's experience allows him to speak depths about how to direct and what makes a good director successful

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  • Mohammad Alsaad
  • 08-07-2019

For upcoming directors and advanced directors

Great book has lots of experience nots on how to direct film and tv show.

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  • Gabor George
  • 07-08-2018

A must for new film directors

Simply one of the best books on directing. It's about directing and not about story structure or how to create great characters etc. that of course a writer and director should both know about, but it's way more practical and it's about what a director needs to do in preparation, on set and in post production to make the most honest and realistic representation of the story. It's about how to keep the story alive with the actors and collaborators. It's a university masterclass, not a book. Unfortunately, it's more than most will learn in university, but it's great news for new film directors as all you need to do is watch films, listen to this masterclass, watch courses online, maybe do a film course just for the degree and write your own script and I promise you'll be ready to go and you'll be ahead of most people in the industry who are starting out. Cuz most people are just lazy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-10-2020

I Can't Believe I'm So Dumb

A truly amazing book, one of the best that you will ever read, what's packed into this, is the invisible magic that goes behind Every successful film, The unseen unspoken dynamics of true story, Read by a Master filmmaker, and a true hero of mine, John badham created some of the best films I've ever seen, that became the fabric of my generation. a True Masterpiece,

From The Director of The Cincinnati spin.

Thank You Mr Badham.

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  • Liz
  • 22-08-2020

Mostly about directing actors

Some directors only think about actors not the technical side. This book is mostly about managing people. There's some small information about tension and suspense. but nothing new if you've read widely in this area. I work in film and this book was a big disappointment. if you direct actors and need help with that, this book will be very helpful. If you want anything else, look elsewhere.

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  • Arjun Pala
  • 25-03-2020

So good I had to buy the physical book!

I loved the book! It was a great experience learning for Badham and the other directors

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  • Paul Syrstad
  • 20-11-2019

Recommend

A great book with some really wonderful insights. John's narration performance is perfect, so glad he did it

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  • Andrew
  • 06-10-2018

fascinating, insightful and entertaining

this is well worth listening to. full of nice anecdotes and, more importantly, great advice, it is a must-read for any aspiring director.
very nicely read by the author as well.

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