Saturday, June 26, 2010


Don't leave anything on the table.

Edited from his years teaching writing at USC the book The Total Film-Maker by Jerry Lewis is a ground breaker in the field of entertainment and a go to for anyone looking to impact the world of cinema. A refreshing and energizing breeze before any feature undertaking.

"The total film-maker is a man who gives of himself through emulsion, which in turn acts as a mirror. What he gives he gets back." -- Jerry Lewis

A tiny gem from the book--

Joe Mankiewicz once said "a good director is a man who creates an atmosphere for work."


The transference is at the core of dealing with actors on the human level. Warmth, affection and understanding flow from it, and a two-way street of hugging develops. You may wind up hugging each other as sons-of-bitches in the worst kind of battle, but beneath it is honest care and concern for each other and the film.

There are copies of the book available at Amazon... click here.
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