The Working Film Director: How to Arrive, Survive, and Thrive in the Director’s Chair (2nd Ed.)

The Working Film Director: How to Arrive, Survive, and Thrive in the Director’s Chair (2nd Ed.)

by Charles Wilkinson List price: $26.95 $20.21 Saving: 25%

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Arrive, Survive & Thrive!

This book is not about where to put the camera. It’s not about the great masters of cinema. This book is about ONE thing: being hired to direct film and television, again and again. You’re up against serious competition for every directing job and there are things you do or neglect to do every day that affect your chances of being hired.

From that all-important first phone call through prep, production and post, right up to getting your next and better job, Charles Wilkinson tells you how to get the job, do it well, and make the friends who will hire you to do the job again. Producers hire and keep hiring working directors like you for a list of reasons so long it would fill a book…and it has.


This new 2nd edition adds an up-to-the-minute focus on the current realities facing the entry-level director, the filmmaker looking to move up, and the once-established director looking for a fresh approach. 

What people say

“The only book that talks about exactly what is and what is not the director's job. The new chapters provide powerful tools for navigating the rapidly changing film world.”
—Tobias Schliessler ASC, Director of Photography: Friday Night Lights, Battleship

“If you’re looking for a book about analyzing story, setting up shots, or working with actors... this isn’t it. This is the other stuff you need to know.”
—Chad Gervich, writer/producer: Wipeout; author: Small Screen, Big Picture

“The world of directing is always evolving. Wilkinson gives invaluable new information about becoming a working director.”
—Brian McNamara, actor, director: Seinfeld, NYPD Blue, Army Wives

CHARLES WILKINSON is an award-winning writer/director (Down Here, Max, Breach of Trust, The Highlander, Heart of the Storm). His current feature Peace Out has received critical and audience success on the international festival circuit, winning numerous honors including awards at the 2011 Vancouver International Film Festival and 2012 Hot Docs. He’s currently finishing a new feature about Northern Canada’s Oil Sands and… (wait for it) Karaoke


Vital statistics

ISBN-10: 1615931325
ISBN-13: 9781615931323
Publication date: February 1, 2013
Language: English
Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches

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