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Focal Press continues to please readers with their acclaimed FilmCraft series and will debut the latest installment, FilmCraft: Producing by Geoffrey Macnab and Sharon Swart, on January 17th. Fans of this collection can look forward to a fresh lineup of in-depth interviews with some of the world’s most celebrated and respected producers including: Tim Bevan (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones' Diary), Jeremy Thomas (The Last Empreror, Sexy Beast), Lauren Shuler Donner (X-Men, You've Got Mail), Jon Landau (Titanic, Avatar), Jan Chapman (The Piano, Lantana), Jon Kilik (The Hunger Games, Babel), and Peter Aalbæk Jensen (Melancholia, Breaking the Waves).
From the press release:
With decades of experience in film journalism, authors Macnab and Swart bring a unique tribute to film producing as they examine the often challenging task of the producer. From finding and developing a script, to sourcing financing, to seeing a film through production and then helping it find an audience, a producer must wear many hats. Some producers do it all, and some specialize in certain aspects of the job. The book's interviews reveal how the craft's best have managed to make a career of it.
FilmCraft: Producing is uniquely written in a format that appeals to the film student, the industry veteran and even the non-practitioner. Any fan of film will love the interview-based format with perspectives from the world's finest producers. Along with the interviews, Producing features five Legacy sections each highlighting producing legends from the past who have shaped the way movies are made today - including David O. Selznick (Gone With the Wind), Dino De Laurentiis (La Strada, The Bible) and more! Additionally, the book is packed with stunning images from classic films and exclusive on-set photos that will thrill film lovers. FilmCraft: Producing is both a gorgeous reflection on the last few decades of filmmaking, as well as an invaluable tool for all filmmakers.

FilmCraft: Producing by Geoffrey Macnab and Sharon Swart will be available January 17th.

About The Authors:
Geoffrey Macnab writes on film for the Independent, the Guardian, Sight & Sound and Screen International. He is the author of Screen Epiphanies; Ingmar Bergman: The Life and Films of the Last Great European Auteur; The Making of Taxi Driver; Key Moments in Cinema; Searching for Stars: Stardom and Screen Acting in British Cinema; and J. Arthur Rank and the British Film Industry.

Sharon Swart is a writer with more than 15 years of experience covering the entertainment industry as a staff editor at leading trade publications The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. Among her many roles at Variety, she edited the trade's prestigious '10 to Watch' lists on emerging directors, screenwriters and producers. As a freelance writer, she has contributed to publications including Screen International,, Filmmaker Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, and Dutch Esquire. She also sits on the Board of Directors of humanitarian organization FilmAid International.


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Focal Press is also pleased to announce that the greatly anticipated Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics, 5th Edition by Michael Rabiger and Mick Hurbis-Cherrieb is now available.


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From the press release:

Since the first edition was released, this comprehensive manual has inspired tens of thousands of readers worldwide to realize their artistic vision and produce well-constructed films. Directing covers the methods, technologies, thought processes, and judgments that a director must use throughout the fascinating process of making a film. The core of the book is the human, psychological, and technical knowledge that every director needs, the enduring elements of the craft that remain vital.

The companion website includes teaching notes, dozens of practical hands-on projects and film study activities to help you master technical and conceptual skills, film analysis questionnaires, and all the essential production forms and logs.

New to the fifth edition:

* Updated and revised edition of the bestselling, most comprehensive guide to the technical and creative aspects of film directing: a complete education in a book * Loaded with practical exercises and immersive projects, with a companion website featuring teaching notes, hands-on exercises, checklists, and useful forms and questionnaires * Expanded sections on pre-production, lenses, the emotional and tonal implications of shot size, composition, perspective, visual and sound proximity, and screencraft--the core of the director's art * Completely updated and expanded film examples and references, including classics, recent indie films, and foreign films.

About The Authors:

Michael Rabiger: Classes, workshops in fiction and documentary filmmaking in 20 countries. Trained at Pinewood Studios in film editing; BBC documentary director (21 films); chair and Professor Emeritus, Film/Video Department, Columbia College Chicago; author Developing Story Ideas and Directing the Documentary, (both Focal Press). Distinguished Visiting Professor at NYU; Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Rhodes University, S.A. (2011); Erasmus Mundus Scholar, Lusofona University, Lisbon (2012);  Honorary Professor, University of Buenos Aires; Preservation and Scholarship Award by International Documentary Association, Los Angeles.

Mick Hurbis-Cherrier teaches film production and screenwriting at Hunter College in New York City. Professionally, he has worked as a screenwriter, director, cinematographer, and editor. His films and screenplays have garnered prizes at numerous festivals and competitions. He is the author of Voice & Vision: A Creative Approach to Narrative Film and DV Production 2nd ed. (Focal Press). He is currently working on Practical Film Analysis, a film studies book slated for publication in early 2014 (BFI Publishing/Macmillan).


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