Thinking in Pictures: The Making of the Movie Matewan

John Sayles, Author Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $21.95 (180p) ISBN 978-0-395-45388-9
A novelist, film writer and independent director explains how he conceived, wrote, casted, funded, directed, designed, shot and edited a movie about a coal miners' strike and massacre in West Virginia in the 1920s. Coinciding with the release of Matewan, Sayles's book provides the readerespecially the student and would-be filmmakerwith a step-by-step account of the thinking and planning that go into developing a story idea and transmuting it into a meaningful creation full of emotional impact. Coming from a writer of fiction, this book is not dryly technological but rather involving and exciting. It is enhanced by details of choice, pacing, and tension and by the inclusion of the full original film script. Photos. (October 1)
Reviewed on: 09/30/1987
Release date: 10/01/1987
Paperback - 130 pages - 978-0-395-45399-5
Paperback - 336 pages - 978-0-306-81266-8
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