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America’s most distinguished film professor provides the definitive A to Z course on the intricacies of film. Each entry in this remarkable book, which represents a lifetime of teaching film, has already inspired and educated several generations of Hollywood’s greatest filmmakers and writers.
This book examines the patterns and principles that make films popular and memorable, and will be useful both for those who want to create films and for those who just want to understand them better.
Howard Suber has taught more than 65 different courses in 40 years at UCLA’s celebrated film school. He was the founder and director of the university’s program in film history, theory, and criticism; the UCLA Film Archive; and the UCLA Film and Television Producers Program. The recipient of both a Distinguished Teaching Award and a Life Achievement Award, Suber has been a consultant to every major film studio, and his former students are currently active throughout the world.
What people say
Howard Suber’s understanding of film storytelling fills the pages of this wise, liberating book. Much of it is surprisingly contrary to what “everyone knows.”
A remarkable work.
Francis Ford Coppola,
5-time Oscar winner. Director: The Godfather Trilogy, Apocalypse Now
For years students in Howard Suber’s legendary classes at UCLA begged him to write a book. Now that he has delivered it, filmmakers, scholars and anyone else with a serious interest in film can rejoice. A fascinating and thought-provoking work.
Director: About Schmidt
What Aristotle did for drama, Howard Suber has now done for film. This is a profound and succinct book that is miraculously fun to read.
Screenwriter: War of the Worlds, Spider-Man, Mission Impossible, Jurassic Park