A Quick Guide to Film Directing

A Quick Guide to Film Directing

 A soup-to-nuts guide to the field of film directing

by Ray Morton


“The director is the pivotal figure in the creation of a motion picture. It takes an army of talented people to make a movie, but it takes a director to lead that army.”

So begins Ray Morton in his latest contribution to the Limelight Editions Quick Guide series, A Quick Guide to Film Directing (April 29, Limelight Editions, $12.99), a concise and comprehensive overview of this creative and exciting field.

Written in a fast-paced, easy-to-understand fashion, and chock full of vital information, helpful tips, and keen advice, A Quick Guide to Film Directing provides a comprehensive look at the essential talents and tasks required to successfully helm a motion picture.

Among the topics Morton addresses are:

  • What film direction is
  • How to become a director
  • The creative and practical duties and challenges of a film director in the three stages of making a movie (preproduction, production, and postproduction)
  • Working with actors and members of the technical crew (cinematographers, editors, production designers, etc.)
  • The director’s support team (assistant director, production manager, etc.)
  • The business of being a film director.

A Quick Guide to Film Directing also offers a brief look at some of the greatest and most influential film directors in the history of the cinema.

April 29, 2014
6″ x 9″
102 pages
Limelight Editions, an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARay Morton is a writer, script consultant, and screenplay analyst. A graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, he has written for television and the big screen, pens the monthly “Meet the Reader” column at Scriptmag.com, and is the author of two books in Limelight Editions’ Music on Film series (Amadeus and A Hard Day’s Night) as well as two previous books in the Quick Guide series (A Quick Guide to Screenwriting and A Quick Guide to Television Writing). View his other books on our website.





Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

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