The Director's Mind (Illustrated)
A Step by Step Study of the Process of Film Making
This National Award Winning Book (Winner, Special Jury Award, National Awards, 2009) makes up to a large extent the lack of books on applied cinema in India. Unlike the West, where books on applied arts are many, India has very few books that can actually help one learn a craft.
This rare book deals with different stages of filmmaking — from conception to music composition. The grammar is for the aspiring director. This book is essential not just for film schools, departments and centers but also for all who need to train themselves to be the complete director — to think, act and direct like the stalwarts of cinema. The book is illustrated with more than 1000 photographs and has been very highly acclaimed by cinephiles and scholars alike.
The foreword is by Andrew Robinson – himself an authority on Satyajit Ray, while the introduction is by the famous writer, Anita Agnihotri.
"The awards aim at encouraging study and appreciation of cinema as an art form and dissemination of information and critical appreciation of this art-form through publication of books, articles, reviews etc. The Director's Mind was awarded in the 56th National Film Awards."
Special Mention (Book on Cinema), National Film Awards, Directorate of Film Festivals
"Any serious lover of cinema in this country who knows his Godard from his Fellini should be proud to display this one on her book shelf. The book is artistically designed and visually appealing with excerpts from the scripts of Satyajit Ray and countless pictures from film classics that tug at the strings of nostalgia."
Vijay Nair, The Hindu
"Aspiring directors (or, for that matter, designers, editors and scenarists) would learn much from The Director’s Mind. Above all, it is a book for all lovers of cinema, one of those all-too-rare works that explains the secrets of the art without talking down to us or smothering us in techno-babble and jargon."
Chandak Sengoopta, Outook India