DGA Quarterly Spring 2008 Books

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Production Designers

The relationship between directors and production designers is one of the most crucial on a film. No wonder once the collaboration clicks, they often stick together. Several longtime teams explain how it works.

Features

Directors and their teams working together to solve problems in film and television in the past and present.

kubrick
Spring 2013
James Harris on Stanley Kubrick

James B. Harris produced three films with his friend Stanley Kubrick. In this interview, he offers a rare glimpse of life on the set with Kubrick— not as a legend but a working director.

Fall 2012
All The President's Men

Alan J. Pakula talks about directing All the Presidents Men, adapted from a 1976 story in the DGA's Action magazine.

Fall 2012
Political Films

American movies have been portraying politicians on screen since the populist heroes of John Ford and Frank Capra. But it wasn’t until the advent of TV that filmmakers learned to capture the drama of the game.

DGA Qaurterly Fall 2011 Indie Film
Fall 2011
Independent Filmmakers

Independent directors have helped create an industry and a staggering range of films over the last 30 years.

DGA Quarterly Summer 2011 Blaxploitation
Summer 2011
Blaxploitation

With sexy urban stories not seen before on American screens, blaxploitation pictures wowed a new audience in the ’70s. Behind the flashy clothes and cool music, directors helped create the genre’s unmistakable style.

DGA Quarterly Summer 2011 New Hollywood
Summer 2011
New Hollywood in the Late 60s and 70s

Following the lead of the French New Wave, a restless generation of directors took Hollywood by storm in the late ’60s and ’70s, reflecting the climate of the country.

DGA Quarterly Spring 2011 Film Noir
Spring 2011
Film Noir

Film noir thrived in the dark of postwar America. But from the first flashing neon to the last crazy camera angle it was a director’s medium.

DGA Quarterly Winter 2010-11 John Ford Stagecoach
Winter 2011
Serious Westerns

In an excerpt from a 1971 story in the DGA's Action magazine, John Ford and cast and crew reminisce about the making of Stagecoach.

Spring 2010
Directing Sinatra

Working with temperamental, high-profile stars is never easy for a director, but Frank Sinatra took it to a new level. The war stories are legendary. Here are some of the best.

Fall 2009
Activist Documentaries

With the decline of investigative journalism on TV and in newspapers, social activist documentarians are filling the holes. It's not always glamorous but getting the story has its own rewards.

Summer 2009
Collaborating on Comedy

Judd Apatow and a group of like-minded directors have created a run of raunchy films that have turned R-rated comedies into big business.

Winter 2009
Directing James Bond

For 47 years and 22 films, James Bond has escaped countless close calls thanks to the deft hand of its directors. We caught up with the eight surviving filmmakers to find out how they've kept 007 alive all these years.

DGA Quarterly Fall 2007 Action Directors
Fall 2007
Directing Action Films

Directors of action films create some of the most spectacular-and innovative-footage on screen. All it takes is preparation, imagination and nerves of steel.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2006 William Friedkin
Fall 2006
The French Connection

Thirty-five years after it was made, The French Connection still features the mother-of-all-chase-scenes. The director takes us back and explains how it all came together.

DGA Quarterly Spring 2006 Citizen Cane
Spring 2006
Cast & Crew

In 1969, the cast and crew of Citizen Kane were interviewed for the DGA's Action magazine about their experience working with the iconoclastic Orson Welles on his masterpiece.

DGA Magazine July 2004
Reconstructing The Big Red One

Details DGA member Richard Schickel's efforts to assemble a complete version of director Sam Fuller's The Big Red One.

DGA Magazine May 2004

The origin of the one director to a film policy.

DGA Magazine January 2004

Movies trade in primal emotions, and fear is right at the top of the list. While critics downplay horror films as guilty pleasures, their popularity is so enduring they literally reach back to the dawn of cinema.

DGA Magazine November 2003

When is a visual effect not a visual effect? The answer is simple: When the audience doesn't notice it.

DGA Magazine November 2003

Geographical stand-ins, doublings, have a winning way about them even when they get all dressed up with nowhere to go.

DGA Magazine November 2003

The following is an excerpt from a speech Wim Wenders presented at this year's PHOTO L.A.

DGA Magazine September 2003
The Art of Directing Musicals

From classics like Cabaret to recent successes such as Chicago and Moulin Rouge, musicals are a recurring theme in American moviemaking history.

DGA Magazine September 2003

Lately, Hollywood is throwing around the word epic. Lots of movies are coming out with the word attached. Thank Heaven there are people working to sell movies, so that we who love to make them can have better tools and bigger audiences.

DGA Magazine September 2003

Few locations can impact the look and feel of an indie film like shooting inside a prison. The process, and the product, often changes lives — filmmakers, actors, and audiences alike leave the experience transformed and affected.

DGA Magazine September 2003
Conversations with a Director and His Team

In the March-April 1973 Action magazine, Clint Eastwood wrote about helming films in the 1970s.

DGA Magazine September 2003

Jerry London, Daniel Petrie and Gary Ross are three uncompromising filmmakers who, as someone once described, "know history is not contained in thick books but lives in our very blood."

DGA Magazine July 2003

In Chaplin's last film, A Countess From Hong Kong, he plays a steward in a scene which borders on self-effacement. Entering a room with his tray of drinks, he seems to stumble, but recovers with a grace that is charming to watch.

DGA Magazine July 2003

The business of trying to make people laugh, whether the medium be theatrical film, television sitcom or TV commercial, is surely no joke. It makes undergoing root canal work seem positively light and breezy by comparison.

DGA Magazine May 2003
Chris Rock Crosses the Transom to Directing

A look at Chris Rock's first time in the director's chair.

DGA Magazine March 2003

Various colleges, universities, institutes, centers, museums, academies, and libraries in the U.S. house important materials of from historic directors that can be viewed on the premises.

DGA Magazine March 2003

There's commitment, and then there's real commitment. Ron Maxwell became so deeply involved in researching and realizing two authentically precise Civil War movies that they may end up as the legacy of his filmmaking life.

DGA Magazine January 2003
Chris Columbus & Directing Harry Potter

Harry Potter is one of the most successful series of books in recent memory. Taking those tales from printed word to motion picture screen was a formidable undertaking for director Chris Columbus.