IBNA- 'On Film-making: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director' (2005) by noted American-Scottish filmmaker Alexander Mackendrick and edited by Paul Cronin has been published in Persian and is available in Iranian bookstores.
Featuring an introduction by Martin Scorsese, the book has been translated into Persian by Samy Astan. Cheshmeh Publishing in Tehran has released 'On Film-making: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director' in 520 pages and 700 copies.
After more than twenty years in the film industry as a screenwriter, storyboard editor, and director of memorable films, directing classic Ealing comedies such as ‘The Ladykillers’ plus a Hollywood masterpiece, ‘Sweet Smell of Success’, Alexander Mackendrick turned his back on Hollywood and began a new career as the Dean of one of the country's most demanding and influential film schools.
His absolute devotion to the craft of filmmaking served as a powerful impetus to students at the California Institute for the Arts for almost twenty five years, with a teaching style that included prodigious notes, neatly crafted storyboards, and handouts containing excerpts of works by Kierkegaard, Aristotle, and others.
At the core of Mackendrick's lessons lay a deceptively simple goal: to teach aspiring filmmakers how to structure and write the stories they want to tell, while using the devices particular to the medium of film to tell their stories effectively. He produced hundreds of pages of masterly handouts and sketches for this purpose.
In this impressive volume, edited by Paul Cronin, the myriad materials that made Mackendrick's reputation as an instructor are collected for the first time, offering a chance for professionals as well as students to discover a methodology of filmmaking that is challenging yet refreshing in its clarity.
Meticulously illustrated and drawing on examples from such classic films as ‘North by Northwest’, ‘Citizen Kane’, and ‘Touch of Evil’, Mackendrick's elegant lessons are sure to provide inspiration for a new generation of filmmakers.