An invaluable analysis of the director's art and craft from one of the most revered of all film school lecturers. As a filmmaker, Alexander 'Sandy' Mackendrick directed classic Ealing comedies and a Hollywood masterpiece, Sweet Smell of Success. After retiring from the business in 1969, he spent nearly 25 years teaching his craft at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles.
Mackendrick produced hundreds of pages of masterly handouts and sketches, designed to guide his students to a finer understanding of how to write a story, and then use those devices particular to cinema in order to tell that story as effectively as possible. Gathered and edited in this collection, Mackendrick's teachings reveal that he had the accumen not only to make great films, but also to articulate the process with a clarity and insight that will still inspire any aspiring film-maker.