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Audible Editor 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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  • Marcel-Jan
  • 2015-11-17

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
  • 2015-08-26

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
  • 2015-03-02

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
  • 2021-03-03

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
  • 2021-02-01

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
  • 2021-01-07

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
  • 2020-10-20

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
  • 2020-06-29

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
  • 2020-06-29

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
  • 2019-07-08

For upcoming directors and advanced directors

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