Fall 2011

Classic Bookshelf

Continuing our celebration of the Guild's 75th anniversary for the years 1990 - 2011, we've collected some of the most interesting books about directors and the era.

Directors Tell the Story: Master the Craft of Television and Film Directing
By Bethany Rooney and Mary Lou Belli

DGA Quarterly Fall 2011 BooksWritten by two top female TV directors, who between them have directed hundreds of episodes of TV shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Girlfriends, Major Dad, and Monk, this is an indispensable handbook for the aspiring TV director (the focus, despite the title, is largely on episodic television), and should find its place in the curriculum of any film school in the land. Its comprehensiveness is breathtaking, as the authors analyze in depth every stage of the process, from breaking down the script for story and character to casting, production design, blocking, and creating shot lists. There are sections on directing actors, relations with camera operators and writers, commanding the set with conviction and respect, and the myriad duties in postproduction. All of this is presented on a human scale, and in approachable, largely nontechnical language that renders an intimidating and demanding job in terms that are easy to comprehend and absorb—and most important, backed up by experience.

Review by John Patterson


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