Total Directing is the first book to fully integrate the technical aspects of screen directing with practical methods for directing actors, thoroughly exploring how these two primary aspects of the director’s craft work together.
“The two sides of a drama directors job, directing actors and directing picture and sound, are inseparable,” says author Kingdon. “This book was conceived as a resource for my students as I couldn’t find a book on the market that combined these two elements effectively.
“There are as many styles of directing,” Kingdon continues, “and in Total Directing I emphasize individual creativity and provoke readers to find their own approaches. At the same time, there are principles with which all directors must be familiar (even if they choose to ignore them), and those I cover in detail.”
From a perspective that seeks to balance successful work with actors and technically high-level production values, the complete directing process—from the start of script development through the delivery of a finished project—is discussed in detail, covering every aspect of preparation and decision-making with solid background information, practical suggestions, and clear illustrations.