Each great filmmaker has a secret method to his moviemaking—but each of them is different. Martin Scorsese likes setting up each shot very precisely ahead of time, so that he has the opportunity to change it all if he sees the need. Lars Von Trier, on the other hand, refuses to think about a shot until the actual moment of filming. And Bernardo Bertolucci tries to dream his shots the night before; if that doesn't work, he roams the set alone with a viewfinder, imagining the scene before the actors and crew join him.
In Moviemakers' Master Class, Laurent Tirard talks to twenty-one of today's most important filmmakers, allowing each man to speak in his own voice as he gets to the core of his craft. In these interviews, which originally appeared in the French film magazine Studio and are being published here in English for the first time, directors explore their visions as well as their techniques, shedding light on both the process and the person and helping us understand what makes each filmmaker—and his films—unique.