IT TAKES MORE THAN
ARTISTIC VISION TO HELM A MOVIE .
Acclaimed director John Badham (Saturday Night Fever, WarGames) unveils the secrets of directing great action and suspense films, and candidly discusses filmmaking with Steven Soderbergh, Oliver Stone, and other Hollywood creatives.
Insights from one of the greats. Imagine sitting with Badham and asking every question you had on the craft. It's a treasure trove of invaluable tools and tips.
—J.J. Abrams, Director, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek, Super 8
John Badham has always delivered spectacular pieces of cinematic action remains a master at staging it and breaking it down. He has a clean, crisp sense of storytelling and an unerring sense of motion and power. It is a privilege to have his legacy handed down upon a new generation of filmmakers.
—GUILLERMO DEL TORO, Director, Pacific Rim, Pan's Labyrinth
John Badham On Directing is a practical and no-nonsense guide to the directing of motion pictures from an experienced and talented professional.
—John Landis, Director, Animal House, The Blues Brothers, Trading Places
I always felt the essence of cinema was the coming together of acting and writing. There are many books on the topics related to directing, but I feel that John Badham's first section on acting is worth its weight in gold. There are many skills involved in making a motion picture, but few so important as working with (and understanding) the actors. That's probably why of all the migrations possible to become a director, few are as successful or plentiful as that of actor to director. This book clearly lays out truthful principles in helping an actor achieve his goals in a way I've never seen before. The other two sections are full of helpful tips as well, but Part 1 is essential for anyone who is serious about directing
…[S]hould be required reading
for every aspiring film and television
director, actor, or screenwriter.
—James Bundy, Dean of the Yale School of Drama
I wish this book had been around
when I first started. It would have made
my life a lot easier as a director.
—Richard Donner (Lethal Weapon, The Goonies)
[Badham’s] take on working with actors
and navigating their demons is both searingly
honest and immensely entertaining.
—actor and filmmaker Emilio Estevez
JOHN BADHAM (Short Circuit, Stakeout) is a veteran of over 30 films and 45 TV episodes. His book I’ll Be In My Trailer: The Creative Wars Between Directors and Actors is used in film schools worldwide.