Nicholas Proferes’s book on film directing comes to Iranian bookstores

April 17, 2023 - 17:52

TEHRAN – “Film Directing Fundamentals” by Nicholas T. Proferes has been published in Persian by Afkar.

Originally published in 2001, the book has been translated into Persian by Reza Nabavi.

“Film Directing Fundamentals” gives the novice director an organic methodology for realizing on-screen the full dramatic possibility of a screenplay. 

Unique among directing books, Nicholas Proferes provides clear-cut ways to translate a script into a screenplay. 

Using the script as a blueprint, the reader is led through specific techniques to analyze and translate its components into a visual story. 

A sample screenplay is included that explicates the techniques discussed. Written for both students and entry-level professionals, the book assumes no knowledge and introduces basic concepts and terminology. 

Appropriate for screenwriters, aspiring directors and filmmakers, “Film Directing Fundamentals” helps filmmakers bring their story to life on screen.

Proferes was the director/cameraman and editor of “Free at Last”, a 90-minute documentary on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., which was awarded Best Documentary at the Venice Film Festival in 1969.

He was also director of photography and editor of “Wanda”, a feature film directed by Barbara Loden, awarded Best Picture at the Venice Film Festival in 1971 and co-producer, director of photography, and editor of “The Visitors”, a feature film directed by Elia Kazan. 

He is a Professor Emeritus at Columbia University.

Photo: Front cover of the Persian edition of Nicholas T. Proferes’s book “Film Directing Fundamentals”.


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