The Directors Mind

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.

Ujjal Chakraborty

Groomed in Italy in the techniques of Classical Animation, Ujjal Chakraborty learnt the art of film making in two unique ways – by closely observing Satyajit Ray at work, and by watching classic movies many a time on the large screen, since his teens. In 1974, he started his creative life as an artist in ‘Sandesh’, a children’s magazine, under the guidance of Satyajit Ray. Since 1979, parallel to book illustrations, he started writing regularly on classic movies. Simultaneously, he has written four historical novels and composed original music for several short films. He has also done research work for a number of important historical films shown worldwide.