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John Badham on Directing

Notes from the Sets of Saturday Night Fever, WarGames, and More
Narrated by: John Badham
Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
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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.

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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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  • 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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  • Adam Taylor
  • 11-06-2019

This book is fantastic.

John has such great insight and wisdom. Anyone who is looking for nuggets of great information on working with talent and crew should download this. His reading is fun, dynamatic and full if passion.

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  • Joel-Lopez
  • 06-03-2019

The "Save The Cat" and "Story" for Director.

The narrator is excellent in every way. Everything, from the seemingly casual anecdotes to the most elaborated instruction is important, useful and easy to understand, therefore, to remember.

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  • Joshua C.
  • 04-11-2018

Great information.

Great for inspiring directors, or anyone wanting to understand the complex world of directing. From strategies for working with actors to internal checklist, this book covers it all.

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  • Caleb David Tews
  • 25-08-2018

Fantastic dos and don’ts for filmmaking!

Awesome content in every chapter. I was immediately start using what I learned in this book with my team and we have had great results.

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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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  • 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.