The Director’s Six Senses is an innovative, unique, and engaging approach to the development of the skills that every visual storyteller must have. It’s based on the premise that a director is a storyteller 24/7 and must be aware of the “truth” that he or she experiences in life in order to be able to reproduce it on the big screen. 

Through a series of hands-on exercises and practical experiences, the reader develops the “directorial senses” in order to be able to tell a story in the most effective way.

An Innovative Approach to Developing Your Filmmaking Skills

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"The Matrix"

Directed by Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski

"Rear Window"

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

"Back to the Future"

Directed by Robert Zemeckis

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"Peter and the Wolf"

Serge Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf. Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

"Fantasia"

Walt Disney

"Jaws"

Directed by Steven Spielberg

Star Wars Minus Williams - Throne Room

Auralnauts

Look at what happens when you take away John Williams score from the final scene of "Star Wars - Episode IV -  A New Hope"

"The Big Chill"

Directed by Lawrence Kasdan

"The Abyss"

Directed by James Cameron

"Atonement"

Directed by Joe Write

"City of God"

Directed by Fernando Meirelles

"Saving Private Ryan"

Directed by Steven Spielberg

"Blade Runner"

Directed by Ridley Scott

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Christopher Nolan On Working With Actors

American Film Institute

Christopher Nolan discusses the virtues of being honest with Actors during an AFI Harold Lloyd Masters Seminar.

Steven Spielberg: A Different Director For Different Actors (1978)

American Film Institute

Steven Spielberg came to AFI in 1978 for a seminar with AFI Fellows. In this clip he talks about how a film director needs to handle different actors in different ways. 

"West Wing - Episode 1"

Directed by Thomas Schlamme

"West Wing - 2 Cathedrals" (first part)

Directed by Thomas Schlamme

"West Wing - Five Votes Down"

Directed by Michael Lehmann

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"The Matrix"

Directed by Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski

"The Godfather"

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

"The Usual Suspects"

Directed by Brian Singer

"Dead Poets Society"

Directed by Peter Wier

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2"

Directed by David Yates

"Terminator 3: Rise of the Machine"

Directed by Jonathan Mostow

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"The Matrix"

Directed by Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski

"Seven"

Directed by David Fincher

"The Matrix"

Directed by Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski

"Hunger Game: Catching Fire"

Directed by Gary Ross

"Munich"

Directed byt Steven Spielberg

"Alien"

Directed by Ridley Scott

"Hunger Game: Catching Fire"

Directed by Francis Lawrence

"Friday Night Lights"