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Stanley Kubrick:The artist and mastermind
Stanley Kubrick
Throughout his years in grammar school and up through high school Stanley Kubrick was absent quite a bit, and in the spring of 1945 Kubrick was reported to the attendance bureau for absenteeism...
Steven Spielberg: living his dreams 
Steven Spielberg
After being denied entrance into traditional film schools, Spielberg sought an alternative path to achieve his greatness. He entered California State University in Long Beach to study English.
Oliver Stone: A man with a Mission 
Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone devoted so much of his time writing his novel that his grades suffered and he eventually dropped out... After failing to interest a publisher, he threw half of the manuscript into the East River
Lucas, George Walton (JR.): and his empire 
George Lucas
He spent his childhood fascinated with comic books, especially “Buck Rogers” and “Flash Gordon.”  Car racing was the only excitement that Lucas was allowed.
David Alan Mamet: he has his own unique style
David Mamet
Mamet’s dialogue is so unique that it has become known as “Mametspeak.”  His language is not so much “naturalistic,” as it is a “poetic” impression of streetwise jargon...
Brian De Palma: he has done it all
Brian De Palma
During his summer vacations he worked part-time in the hospital laboratory, and often watched colleagues of his father operate on other body parts, including brain and eye surgeries....
Woody Allen, the genius and the artist
Woody Allen
His first memories of film were when his parents would take him to the movies around the age of five. He lived in walking distance of 25 or so movie theaters.
James Cameron: innovator is his middle name
James Cameron
"I couldn't see myself as a future film director. In fact.....    those people were somehow born into it, almost like a caste system. Little kids from a small town in Canada didn't get to direct movies."
  • Independent Film Making - Making an independent film takes talent, ambition, knowledge, salesmanship, persistence and a bit of luck.
  • Film Editing - There is no common pattern for how long it takes to become an editor... It can never be stated enough that the feature editor must find "truth" in the fictional work in order to make an emotionally rich film.
  • The Film Director - Some directors say they must concentrate primarily on the inherent beauty in the narrative and dialogue patterns in the script. Other directors are... 
  • Cinematography: The art of painting with light - The primary responsibility of the DP is to create the mood and feel of the picture with their lighting.  It is the DP's task to fulfill the wishes of the director on how the film should look. 
  • Writing Treatments That Sell - If a screenplay focuses the story for a film, the treatment does the same thing for a screenplay. A treatment could be considered a written pitch...
  • The Film Producer - Richard Zanuck once stated, "The producer is like the conductor of an orchestra. Maybe he can't play every instrument, but he knows what every instrument should sound like." 
  • Writing a Great Screenplay - A script must be designed to be read easily, flowing from page to page in smooth transition.
  • Actors on Acting - For many actors, part of making characters and scenes most effective is by doing research.

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