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Thinking In Pictures: The Making Of The Movie Matewan

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What choices--creative, practical, and technical--make a movie what it is? Here a gifted writer and filmmaker takes us behind the camera and provides a full description of the movie-making process.When John Sayles turned from writing fiction to making movies, he did so with little help from Hollywood: Return of the Secaucus Seven, Sayles's first movie as director and write ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 3rd 2003 by Da Capo Press (first published 1987)
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This book is well-written, clever, and illuminates the persistent quandary of decisions that make up filmmaking. Every step, be it fundraising, budget, hiring actors, scriptwriting, lighting, choosing locations, filters, music, or filming and editing, must be weighed against, or with, budget, actors, script, lighting, location, filters, music, editing and the weather. If I ever had to make a feature film, my head would explode.
Sayles describes the making of his film, Matewan. He describes his in
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Read the STOP SMILING interview with filmmaker John Sayles

Q&A: John Sayles
By Patrick Z McGavin

Honeydripper is the 16th film by filmmaker and novelist John Sayles made in collaboration with his producer and partner, Maggie Renzi. A lyrical, funny and sharp evocation of early Fifties Alabama, it stars Danny Glover as a juke-joint impresario who is desperate to save his floundering club from economic ruin. (Honeydripper opens December 28th in LA and NY.)

Since his debut film, The Return of the S
Aug 09, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: filmmakers, serious movie buffs
Shelves: film-video
Matewan is not an easy picture to see - especially after the shocking violent first scenes - but the story calls for it. The title says it all, it's all there is all filmmakers should remember. Films are not books. got to think in pictures not words.
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If you are a screenwriter and want to produce your work this book is a must read.
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Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book. If you are thinking about making any kind of narrative involving moving images - it is a must read.
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Enjoyed it, but read it in London where I left the copy behind. Short stories.
The main thing I remember is the concept of "hanging the moon."
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John Thomas Sayles is an independent film director, screenwriter, novelist and short story writer who frequently plays small roles in his own and other indie films.
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