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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.
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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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4 out of 5 stars
By Kristofer Bryant on 03-02-15


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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5 out of 5 stars
By Marcel-Jan on 11-17-15

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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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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