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Zack Snyder’s Rules of Filmmaking

(L-r) HENRY CAVILL and director ZACK SNYDER on the set of Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “MAN OF STEEL,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
Photo: Clay Enos/Warner Bros

Man of Steel opens this weekend, and it’s sure to reignite chitchat about what kind of director Zack Snyder is. The good kind? Or the less-good kind? The kind that can make a comic-book movie, or the kind that can’t? Amid these discussions, it might be helpful to refer to “Zach Snyder’s 10 Golden Rules of Moviemaking,” from MovieMaker magazine, a list originally compiled in 2009, known to Snyderites as the pre–Sucker Punch era. Anyway:

1. There are No Rules.

2. The Will to Suffer.

3. Your Point of View.

4. Storyboard.

5. Movies are Pictures.
6. Respect.

7. Throw things.

8. I Still Shoot Film.

9. Passion.

10. Shoot Every Shot

Use these wisely, fellow filmmakers.

Zack Snyder’s Rules of Filmmaking