Filmmakers Setting Up Your Scenes - The Inner Workings of Great Films

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Setting Up Your Scenes - The Inner Workings of Great Films Special Offer

Written by Richard D. Pepperman.

Every great filmmaker has role models and films which inspired him or her to greater and greater heights. Here, for the first time, is an awe-inspiring guide that takes you into the inner workings of classic scenes, revealing the aspects that make them great and the reasons they have served as inspirations.

An invaluable resource for screenwriter, cinematographer, actor, director, and editor, Pepperman's book uses examples from six decades of international films to illustrate what happens when story, character, dialogue, text, subtext and set-ups come together to create cinematic magic.

Use this book to emulate the masters and watch your films rise to new heights.

272 pages

Over 400 b/w photos of selected movie clips

7.5 x 11 Wide Screen Horizontal Format


"I have been waiting many years for a book like this to come along. Other than making our own films and learning from our mistakes, I can't think of a better way to learn the secrets of effective filmmaking than deconstructing classic films. Film professors have traditionally done just that and they know how much students benefit from it. Great scenes can teach us so much about effective screenwriting, building dramatic tension, controlling editorial rhythm and pacing, blocking, composition and directing performance. In this book, Richard Pepperman, a very accomplished editor and teacher, has done the legwork for us, sharing the secrets of those incredible scenes from the classic films we know and love." ~ David Porfiri, Independent filmmaker; Professor, Film and Media Arts, American University, Washington, DC.

“Richard Pepperman's latest book, "Setting up your Scenes," is not only visually stunning but also a very useful book for students of cinema. Its design, layout, and content make the book unique and irresistible.” ~ Amresh Sinha, New York University/The School of Visual Arts

"Pepperman has written a book which should form the basis for an intelligent discussion about the basic building blocks of great scenes across a wide variety of films. Armed with the information in thisbook, teachers, students, filmmakers, and film lovers can begin to understand how good editing and scene construction can bring out the best storytelling to create a better film. It's well known that understanding editing can improve every filmmaker's work. This book provides a great starting point to grasp what that phrase really means." ~ Norman Hollyn, Associate Professor and Editing Track Head, School of Cinema-Television at the University of Southern California

Setting Up Your Scenes - The Inner Workings of Great Films

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