THE TOTAL PICTURE SEMINAR 
A two-day Immersion into the Collaborative Experience of Filmmaking  


Lyle Kessler Martin Landau Mark Rydell

actor MARTIN LANDAU 
director MARK RYDELL 
screenwriter/playwright LYLE KESSLER 


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Martin Landau Click picture for bio.

Academy Award Winner
Martin Landau



Mark Rydell Click picture for bio.

Academy Award Nominated Director Mark Rydell



Lyle Kessler Click picture for bio.

Acclaimed Writer
Lyle Kessler


Martin Landau Ed Wood


Martin Landau crimes and misdemeanors


Martin Landau entourage


Mark Rydell on golden pond


Mark Rydell james dean


Mark Rydell the cowboys


Lyle Kessler orphans


Lyle Kessler the saint fort washington



SEMINAR SCHEDULE


DAY 1 - SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14



 9:00AM-10:00AM - REGISTRATION

Please arrive early.


 10:00AM-10:30AM - INTRODUCTIONS

Introductions with Mark, Martin and Lyle.


 10:30AM-11:30AM - MARK RYDELL "THE ROSE"

A clip of The Rose will be shown.

  • Directing, writing and acting, including casting
  • Directors homework
  • Development of the script
  • Coming to the set prepared
  • Directors POV
  • Working with the actors
  • Talking to the Cinematographer
  • Obstacles
  • Tips to succeed

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS. AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION.


 11:30AM-12:30PM - MARTIN LANDAU

 "CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS"

A clip of Crimes and Misdemeanors will be shown.

  • Getting the role
  • Preparation for the role
  • Rehearsal
  • Working on set
  • Working with Woody Allen
  • Obstacles

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS. AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION.


 12:30PM-1:00PM - HANDING OUT TWO SCENES

Two scenes that were chosen to be analyzed will be handed out, cast and read.


 1:00PM-2:00PM - LUNCH

Actors rehearse the scenes.

Fast Food places are located within a five minute walk in the Student Union Building. There is also a large collection of vending machines outside the hall with a variety of food items.


 2:00PM-3:30PM - SCENE 1

The first scene will be staged for camera.

  • Actors read the scene
  • Mark works with the Actors
  • Adjustments
  • Mark talks with DP
  • Discuss camera placement
  • Mark and DP break scene up into takes
  • Coverage
  • Reaction shots
  • Video feedback
  • Analysis of acting and writing with Martin and Lyle

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS. AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION


 3:30PM-4:30PM - LYLE KESSLER "ORPHANS"

A clip of Orphans will be shown.

  • Evolution of a play to film
  • Writing of play
  • Success of play
  • Play to film
  • Adjustments
  • Working with the Director Alan Pakula
  • Writer on the set

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS. AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION.


 4:30PM-6:00PM - SCENE 2

The second scene will be staged for camera. Refer to scene 1 above.


 6:00PM-6:15PM - RECAP OF DAY



DAY 2 - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15



 9:00AM -10:00AM - ARRIVE

Please arrive early.


 10:00AM-11:15AM - MARTIN LANDAU "ED WOOD"

A clip of Ed Wood will be shown.

  • Getting the role
  • Preparing for the role
  • Rehearsal
  • Working on set
  • Working with Johnny Depp
  • Working with Tim Burton
  • Obstacles

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS. AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION.


 11:15AM-12:30PM - MARK RYDELL "ON GOLDEN POND"

A clip of On Golden Pond will be shown.

  • Development of play to film
  • Working with the writer
  • Casting the actors
  • Directors Homework
  • Directors POV
  • Visual perspective
  • Coming to the set prepared
  • Talking to the Cinematographer
  • Obstacles

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS. AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION.


 12:30PM-1:00PM - HANDING OUT TWO SCENES

The final two scenes that were chosen to be analyzed will be handed out, cast and read.


 1:00PM-2:00PM - LUNCH

Actors rehearse the scenes.

Fast Food places are located within a five minute walk in the Student Union Building. There is also a large collection of vending machines outside the hall with a variety of food items.


 2:00PM-3:30PM - SCENE 3

The third scene will be staged for camera. Refer to scene 1 above.


 3:30PM-4:30PM - LYLE KESSLER

 "SAINT OF FORT WASHINGTON"

A clip of The Saint of Fort Washington will be shown.

  • Getting the Assignment
  • Researching the material
  • Evolution of screenplay
  • Various drafts
  • Working with the Producer, David Picker
  • Working with the director, Tim Hunter
  • Writer on Set
  • Dealing with the Studio
  • Obstacles

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS. AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION.


 4:30PM-6:00PM - SCENE 4

The forth scene will be staged for camera. Refer to scene 1 above.


 6:00PM-6:15PM - SEMINAR RECAP


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