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John Badham on Directing Audiobook

John Badham on Directing: Notes from the Sets of Saturday Night Fever, WarGames, and More

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Audible Editor 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.

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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  • Kristofer Bryant
    02/03/15
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    "Excellent"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Marcel-Jan
    Gouda, Netherlands
    17/11/15
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mayur
    26/08/15
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    "Very informative and well written and narrated."

    a very good tool for all budding directors. I will check the checklist each time I direct a short film. excellent. I'm glad I bought this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jeffrey L. Knudsen II
    13/04/15
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    "There's a lot packed in here."

    Great listening and learning experience. Massive amount of information packed into this book. John Badham does an excellent job of condensing his experience and heartfelt observations into this package. Loved it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MARIO LEOS
    17/05/17
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    "Excellent Book. Must Hear."

    Great information for aspiring and professional film directors. You will thank yourself for hearing this audio book. Very interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. Bond
    NY
    14/01/17
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    "Great film book for ambitious people."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    As opposed to many film books out there, this one takes speaks to the reader as if the reader will some day make it to Hollywood.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maor Gillerman
    08/10/16
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    "Loved it"

    A great guide and refresher for directors and wannabees. Got something for screenwriters, actors and editors too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Abominable Doctor Phibes
    09/06/16
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    "Recommended for anyone involved w/ film and video."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Helpful and practical.


    What other book might you compare John Badham on Directing to and why?

    David Mamet's On Directing.


    What about John Badham’s performance did you like?

    Well delivered, pleasant voice of experience.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    How to work with actors.


    Any additional comments?

    A sage voice of wisdom.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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