Talking pictures : how they are made and how to appreciate them (1937)

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16 THE DIRECTOR No men doing the same work vary so greatly in temperament and methods as motion picture directors. They all seek the same goal, a story translated to the screen in a manner which is realistic, appealing, and human, but the roads they take toward this goal are widely different. Each one is distinctly individual in his methods. One will make a great success using methods exactly opposite to those of a fellow director on a neighboring stage, who will also turn out success- ful photoplays. Some direct with speed and, after one rehearsal, impatiently call, "Camera!" the traditional signal to begin photography. Some are slow and methodical, rehearsing many times. Some are mural painters, making their photographed effects with broad sweeping strokes. Others paint miniatures, spending hours to get the exact expression they want on a player's face. Many are specialists who do one kind of thing well, and never vary from that field. Others set no limits to their directorial ambition, except that the story thev handle be strong and worth w T hile. Some directors do their best work with men; others get more emotional response from women. However different they may be individuallv, all [155]