The Best Books About Filmmaking

“What are the best books about and for Filmmaking?” We looked at 409 of the top Filmmaking books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 36 titles, all appearing on 3 or more “Best Filmmaking” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 350 titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

Also, make sure to check out our Best Film History Book List as well as our sister website Cinema Dailies for more Film articles.

Happy Scrolling!



Top 36 Filmmaking Books Of All-Time



36 .) Adventures in the Screen Trade by William Goldman

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Film Lifestyle
  • Goodreads

No one knows the writer’s Hollywood more intimately than William Goldman. Two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter and the bestselling author of Marathon Man, Tinsel, Boys and Girls Together, and other novels, Goldman now takes you into Hollywood’s inner sanctums…on and behind the scenes for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President’s Men, and other films…into the plush offices of Hollywood producers…into the working lives of acting greats such as Redford, Olivier, Newman, and Hoffman…and into his own professional experiences and creative thought processes in the crafting of screenplays. You get a firsthand look at why and how films get made and what elements make a good screenplay. Says columnist Liz Smith, “You’ll be fascinated.



35 .) Film and Video Budgets by Deke Simon

Lists It Appears On:

  • Film Lifestyle
  • How To Film School
  • Premium Beat

The fifth edition of this all-time standard includes new material on preproduction and High Definition as well as an update of all budgets.



34 .) Kazan on Directing by Elia Kazan

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Film Lifestyle
  • Goodreads

Elia Kazan was the mid-twentieth century’s most celebrated director of both stage and screen, and this book shows us the master at work. Kazan directed virtually back to back the greatest American dramas of the era—by Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams—and revolutionized theatre and film with dynamic action, poetic staging, and rigorous naturalism. His list of Broadway and Hollywood successes—A Streetcar Named Desire (stage and screen), All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, On the Waterfront, East of Eden, Baby Doll, America America, to name only a few—is a testament to his profound impact on the art of directing. Kazan’s insights into these and other classic stage works shaped their subsequent productions—and continue to do so. There is no directorial achievement in America equal to his. This remarkable book, drawn from his notebooks, letters, interviews, and autobiography, reveals Kazan’s method: how he uncovered for himself the “spine” or core of each script and each character; how he analyzed each piece in terms of his own experience; how he determined the specifics of his production, from casting and costuming to set design and cinematography. And we see how he worked with writers on scripts and with actors on interpretation. The final section, “The Pleasures of Directing”—essays Kazan was writing in his last decade—is informal, provocative, candid, and passionate; a wise old pro sharing the secrets of his craft, advising us how to search for ourselves in each project, how to fight the system, and how to have fun doing it.



33 .) Master­Shots 100 Advanced Cam­era Tech­niques to Get an Expen­sive Look on Your Low-Budget Movie by Christo­pher Ken­wor­thy

Lists It Appears On:

  • DSLR Video Shooter
  • Film Lifestyle
  • Goodreads

Master Shots gives filmmakers the techniques they need to execute complex, original shots on any budget. By using powerful master shots and well-executed moves, directors can develop a strong style and stand out from the crowd. Most low-budget movies look low-budget because the director is forced to compromise at the last minute. Master Shots gives you so many powerful techniques that youll be able to respond, even under pressure, and create knock-out shots. Even when the clock is ticking and the light is fading, the techniques in this book can rescue your film and make every shot look like it cost a fortune. Each technique is illustrated with samples from great feature films and computer-generated diagrams for absolute clarity.



32 .) Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting by Syd Field

Lists It Appears On:

  • Film Lifestyle
  • Film Tool Kit
  • Goodreads

A generation of screenwriters has used Syd Field’s bestselling books to ignite successful careers in film. Now the celebrated producer, lecturer, teacher, and bestselling author has updated his classic guide for a new generation of filmmakers, offering a fresh insider’s perspective on the film industry today. From concept to character, from opening scene to finished script, here are easily understood guidelines to help aspiring screenwriters—from novices to practiced writers—hone their craft. Filled with updated material—including all-new personal anecdotes and insights, guidelines on marketing and collaboration, plus analyses of recent films, from American Beauty to Lord of the Rings—Screenplay presents a step-by-step, comprehensive technique for writing the screenplay that will succeed in Hollywood. Discover: •Why the first ten pages of your script are crucially important •How to visually “grab” the reader from page one, word one •Why structure and character are the essential foundation of your screenplay •How to adapt a novel, a play, or an article into a screenplay •Tips on protecting your work—three legal ways to claim ownership of your screenplay •The essentials of writing great dialogue, creating character, building a story line, overcoming writer’s block, getting an agent, and much more.



31 .) Sculpting in Time by Andrey Tarkovsky

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • Goodreads
  • Wolf Crow

An alternate cover edition can be found here. Andrey Tarkovsky, the genius of modern Russian cinema–hailed by Ingmar Bergman as “the most important director of our time”–died an exile in Paris in December 1986. In Sculpting in Time, he has left his artistic testament, a remarkable revelation of both his life and work. Since Ivan’s Childhood won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1962, the visionary quality and totally original and haunting imagery of Tarkovsky’s films have captivated serious movie audiences all over the world, who see in his work a continuation of the great literary traditions of nineteenth-century Russia. Many critics have tried to interpret his intensely personal vision, but he himself always remained inaccessible. In Sculpting in Time, Tarkovsky sets down his thoughts and his memories, revealing for the first time the original inspirations for his extraordinary films–Ivan’s Childhood, Andrey Rublyov, Solaris, The Mirror, Stalker, Nostalgia, and The Sacrifice. He discusses their history and his methods of work, he explores the many problems of visual creativity, and he sets forth the deeply autobiographical content of part of his oeuvre–most fascinatingly in The Mirror and Nostalgia. The closing chapter on The Sacrifice, dictated in the last weeks of Tarkovsky’s life, makes the book essential reading for those who already know or who are just discovering his magnificent work.



30 .) Shaking the Money Tree by Morrie Warshawski

Lists It Appears On:

  • Film Lifestyle
  • Pond 5
  • Premium Beat

Considered the “bible” on fundraising for independent noncommercial film and video.



29 .) Something Like an Autobiography by Akira Kurosawa

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Film Lifestyle
  • Wolf Crow

“A first rate book and a joy to read…It’s doubtful that a complete understanding of the director’s artistry can be obtained without reading this book…Also indispensable for budding directors are the addenda, in which Kurosawa lays out his beliefs on the primacy of a good script, on scriptwriting as an essential tool for directors, on directing actors, on camera placement, and on the value of steeping oneself in literature, from great novels to detective fiction.”



28 .) The Art of Immersion: How the Digital Generation is Remaking Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and the Way We Tell Stories by Frank Rose

Lists It Appears On:

  • Film Lifestyle
  • No Film School
  • Premium Beat

Not long ago we were spectators, passive consumers of mass media. Now, on YouTube and blogs and Facebook and Twitter, we are media. And while we watch more television than ever before, how we watch it is changing in ways we have barely slowed down to register. No longer content in our traditional role as couch potatoes, we approach television shows, movies, even advertising as invitations to participate—as experiences to immerse ourselves in at will.



27 .) The DSLR Filmmaker’s Handbook by Barry Andersson and Janie L. Geyen

Lists It Appears On:

  • Film Lifestyle
  • How To Film School
  • Premium Beat

A how-to guide for getting professional-quality video from your DSLRShooting HD Video with a video-enabled DSLR has many benefits and some tricky drawbacks that digital filmmakers and videographers can overcome to get professional results. “The DSLR Filmmaker’s Handbook” helps filmmakers harness the HD video capabilities of their DSLRs to create professional-level video. Packed with professionally-tested techniques, this indispensible book serves as a training guide for the complex steps that must be taken before, during, and after filming. Teaches you the key tools and techniques for using your DSLR to shoot high-quality, professional-level videoDistills dense information about filmmaking and filters it down to easily understood granulesShows you what to expect and what to avoid with your DSLR and how to maximize the visual look of your filmShares tools and techniques that have been used in real-world, independent movie-making environments “The DSLR Filmmaker’s Handbook” shows you how to overcome any tricky drawbacks that you may face while shooting HD video with your DSLR.



26 .) The Magic Lantern: An Autobiography by Ingmar Bergman

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • Film Lifestyle
  • Wolf Crow

“When a film is not a document, it is a dream. . . . At the editing table, when I run the strip of film through, frame by frame, I still feel that dizzy sense of magic of my childhood.” Bergman, who has conveyed this heady sense of wonder and vision to moviegoers for decades, traces his lifelong love affair with film in his breathtakingly visual autobiography, The Magic Lantern. More grand mosaic than linear account, Bergman’s vignettes trace his life from a rural Swedish childhood through his work in theater to Hollywood’s golden age, and a tumultuous romantic history that includes five wives and more than a few mistresses. Throughout, Bergman recounts his life in a series of deeply personal flashbacks that document some of the most important moments in twentieth-century filmmaking as well as the private obsessions of the man behind them.



25 .) The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers: A Legal Toolkit for Independent Producers by Thomas A. Crowell

Lists It Appears On:

  • Film Lifestyle
  • How To Film School
  • Premium Beat

Film and video production is a litigation lighting rod: actors get hurt, copyrights are infringed, and contracts are broken. Big-budget producers have lawyers on retainer, but many independent filmmakers are left legally exposed. Arm yourself with the practical advice in this book. You will not only avoid common pitfalls, but become empowered in your daily work. Too many otherwise competent producers turn over every aspect of the deal negotiations to their lawyers and agents. This book explains the principal deals common to every production, putting producers back in the co-pilot seat with their representatives.



24 .) The Reel Truth: Everything You Didn’t Know You Need to Know About Making an Independent Film by Reed Martin

Lists It Appears On:

  • Film Lifestyle
  • No Film School
  • Premium Beat

The Reel Truth details the pitfalls, snares, and roadblocks that aspiring filmmakers encounter. Reed Martin interviewed more than one hundred luminaries from the independent film world to discuss the near misses that almost derailed their first and second films and identify the close shaves that could have cut their careers short. Other books may tell you the best way to make your independent film or online short, but no other book describes so candidly how to spot and avoid such issues and obstacles as equipment problems, shooting-day snafus, postproduction myths, theatrical distribution deal breakers, and dozens of other commonly made missteps, including the top fifty mistakes every filmmaker makes.

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23 .) The Screenwriter’s Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script by David Trottier

Lists It Appears On:

  • Film Lifestyle
  • Film Tool Kit
  • Goodreads

This book provides a concise presentation of screenwriting basics. The author shows the correct formats for both screenplays and teleplays, and takes the writer through the writing and marketing process.



22 .) The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide: A Down & Dirty DV Production by Anthony Q. Artis

Lists It Appears On:

  • Documentary Cameras
  • EP Films
  • Film Lifestyle

So you want to make a documentary, but think you don’t have a lot of time, money, or experience? It’s time to get down and dirty! Down and dirty is a filmmaking mindset. It’s the mentality that forces you to be creative with your resources. It’s about doing more with less. Get started NOW with this book and DVD set, a one-stop shop written by a guerrilla filmmaker, for guerrilla filmmakers. You will learn how to make your project better, faster, and cheaper. The pages are crammed with 500 full-color pictures, tips from the pros, resources, checklists and charts, making it easy to find what you need fast.



21 .) The Tech­nique of Film and Video Edit­ing: His­tory, The­ory, and Prac­tice by Ken Dan­cyger

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • Film Lifestyle
  • Film Tool Kit

The Technique of Film and Video Editing provides a detailed, precise look at the artistic and aesthetic principles and practices of editing for both picture and sound. Because editing is about more than learning a specific software program, this book focuses on the fundamentals of editing as art. Analysis of photographs from dozens of classic and contemporary films and videos provide a sound basis for the professional filmmaker and student editor. This book puts into context the storytelling choices an editor will have to make against a background of theory, history, and practice. This edition includes brand new chapters covering the goals of editing, including editing for narrative clarity, subtext, aesthetics, and dramatic emphasis, all showing how to evoke specific audience responses.



20 .) The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Film Lifestyle
  • Goodreads

Provides new insights and observations from Vogler’s pioneering work in mythic structure for writers.



19 .) What is Cinema? by André Bazin

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • Goodreads
  • The Guardian

The philosophy and unique insights of the late French film critic are revealed in these essays.



18 .) Who the Devil Made It: Conversations with Legendary Film Directors by Peter Bogdanovich

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • BFI
  • Film Lifestyle

Peter Bogdanovich, director, screenwriter, actor and critic, interviews sixteen legendary directors of the first hundred years of film – from Allan Dwan and Raoul Walsh to Leo McCarey, Alfred Hitchcock and Sidney Lumet. The conversations brought together in this book give us a history of the movies. They are the stories of pioneers who came to the picture business from many worlds. Some were adventurers (running away to sea; joining Pancho Villa) before finding their place in the movies. Some were football stars, some electrical engineers, lawyers, auto mechanics, airplane designers. Some were trained in silent movies (Dwan, Walsh, Lang, von Sternberg, Hitchcock). Many of them were men who lived to the hilt and brought to their work the residue of their earlier experiences.



17 .) On Film-making: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director by Alexander Mackendrick

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • Film Lifestyle
  • Goodreads
  • NYFA

An invaluable analysis of the director’s art and craft, from one of the most revered of all film school directors. Alexander ‘Sandy’ Mackendrick directed classic Ealing comedies plus a Hollywood masterpiece, Sweet Smell of Success. But after retiring from film-making in 1969, he then spent nearly 25 years teaching his craft at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. Mackendrick produced hundreds of pages of masterly handouts and sketches, designed to guide his students to a finer understanding of how to write a story, and then use those devices peculiar to cinema in order to tell that story as effectively as possible. Gathered and edited in this collection, Mackendrick’s teachings reveal that he had the talent not only to make great films, but also to articulate the process with a clarity and insight that will still inspire any aspirant film-maker.



16 .) The Five C’s of Cinematography: Motion Picture Filming Techniques by Joseph V. Mascelli

Lists It Appears On:

  • Film Lifestyle
  • Film Tool Kit
  • Goodreads
  • How To Film School

With the aid of photographs and diagrams, this text concisely presents concepts and techniques of motion picture camerawork and the allied areas of film-making with which they interact with and impact. Included are discussions on: cinematic time and space; compositional rules; and types of editing.



15 .) The Hollywood Standard: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style by Christopher Riley

Lists It Appears On:

  • Film Lifestyle
  • Lights Film School
  • No Film School
  • Premium Beat

Finally a script format guide that is accurate, complete, authoritative and easy to use, written by Hollywood’s foremost authority on industry standard script formats.



14 .) Direct­ing Actors: Cre­at­ing Mem­o­rable Per­for­mances for Film & Tele­vi­sion by Judith Weston

Lists It Appears On:

  • Elfs Japan
  • Film Lifestyle
  • Film Tool Kit
  • Goodreads
  • How To Film School

Internationally-renowned directing coach Weston demonstrates what constitutes a good performance, what actors want from a director, what directors do wrong, script analysis and preparation, how actors work, and shares insights into the director/actor relationship.



13 .) Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics by Michael Rabiger

Lists It Appears On:

  • Film Lifestyle
  • Film Tool Kit
  • Goodreads
  • How To Film School
  • NYFA

Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics is a comprehensive manual that teaches the essentials of filmmaking from the perspective of the director. Ideal for film production and directing classes, as well as for aspiring and current directors, Directing covers all phases of preproduction and production, from idea development to final cut. Thoroughly covering the basics, Directing guides the reader to professional standards of expression and control, and goes to the heart of what makes a director. The book outlines a great deal of practical work to meet this goal, with projects, exercises.The third edition emphasizes the connection between knowing and doing, with every principle realizable through projects and exercises. Much has been enhanced and expanded, notably: aspects of dramaturgy; beats and dramatic units; pitching stories and selling one’s work; the role of the entrepreneurial producer; and the dangers of embedded moral values. Checklists are loaded with practical recommendations for action, and outcomes assessment tables help the reader honestly gauge his or her progress. Entirely new chapters present: preproduction procedures; production design; script breakdown; procedures and etiquette on the set; shooting location sound; continuity; and working with a composer.



12 .) Painting With Light by John Alton

Lists It Appears On:

  • Elfs Japan
  • Film Lifestyle
  • Film Tool Kit
  • Goodreads
  • How To Film School

Few cinematographers have had as decisive an impact on the cinematic medium as John Alton. Best known for his highly stylized film noir classics T-Men, He Walked by Night, and The Big Combo, Alton earned a reputation during the 1940s and 1950s as one of Hollywood’s consummate craftsmen through his visual signature of crisp shadows and sculpted beams of light. No less renowned for his virtuoso color cinematography and deft appropriation of widescreen and Technicolor, he earned an Academy Award in 1951 for his work on the musical An American in Paris. First published in 1949, and long out of print since then, Painting With Light remains one of the few truly canonical statements on the art of motion picture photography, an unrivalled historical document on the workings of the postwar, American cinema. In simple, non-technical language, Alton explains the job of the cinematographer and explores how lighting, camera techniques, and choice of locations determine the visual mood of film.



11 .) Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee

Lists It Appears On:

  • Film Lifestyle
  • Goodreads
  • No Film School
  • Premium Beat
  • Uphill Cinema

Robert McKee’s screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress and putting major screenwriting careers back on track. Quincy Jones, Diane Keaton, Gloria Steinem, Julia Roberts, John Cleese and David Bowie are just a few of his celebrity alumni. Writers, producers, development executives and agents all flock to his lecture series, praising it as a mesmerizing and intense learning experience. In Story, McKee expands on the concepts he teaches in his $450 seminars (considered a must by industry insiders), providing readers with the most comprehensive, integrated explanation of the craft of writing for the screen.



10 .) Cinematography: Theory and Practice: Image Making for Cinematographers and Directors by Blain Brown

Lists It Appears On:

  • DSLR Video Shooter
  • Film Lifestyle
  • Film Tool Kit
  • Goodreads
  • How To Film School
  • Premium Beat

Lavishly produced and illustrated, Cinematography covers the entire range of the profession. The book is not just a comprehensive guide to current professional practice; it goes beyond to explain the theory behind the practice, so you understand how the rules came about and when it’s appropriate to break them. In addition, directors will benefit from the book’s focus on the body of knowledge they should share with their Director of Photography. Cinematography presents the basics and beyond, employing clear explanations of standard practice together with substantial illustrations and diagrams to reveal the real world of film production. Recognizing that professionals know when to break the rules and when to abide by them, this book discusses many examples of fresh ideas and experiments in cinematography. Covering the most up-to-date information on the film/digital interface, new formats, the latest cranes and camera support and other equipment, it also illustrates the older tried and true methods.



9 .) Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock ‘N’ Roll Generation Saved Hollywood by Peter Biskind

Lists It Appears On:

  • Film Lifestyle
  • Goodreads
  • Lights Film School
  • No Film School
  • NYFA
  • Pond 5

This down-and-dirty romp through Hollywood in the 1970s introduces the young filmmakers–Coppola, Scorsese, Lucas, Spielberg, Altman, and Beatty–and recreates an era that transformed American culture forever.



8 .) Hitchcock by François Truffaut

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • Cheat Sheet
  • Film Lifestyle
  • Goodreads
  • Lights Film School
  • Wolf Crow

Any book-length interview with Alfred Hitchcock is valuable, but considering that this volume’s interlocutor is François Truffaut, the conversation is remarkable indeed. Here is a rare opportunity to eavesdrop on two cinematic masters from very different backgrounds as they cover each of Hitch’s films in succession. Though this book was initially published in 1967 when Hitchcock was still active, Truffaut later prepared a revised edition that covered the final stages of his career. It’s difficult to think of a more informative or entertaining introduction to Hitchcock’s art, interests, and peculiar sense of humor.



7 .) Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need by Blake Snyder

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amy Clarke Films
  • Elfs Japan
  • Film Lifestyle
  • Film Tool Kit
  • Goodreads
  • Indie Film Hustle

This ultimate insider’s guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a show biz veteran who’s proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat!



6 .) Shooting to Kill: How an Independent Producer Blasts Through the Barriers to Make Movies that Matter by Christine Vachon

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Film Lifestyle
  • Lights Film School
  • No Film School
  • Pond 5
  • Premium Beat

Complete with behind-the-scenes diary entries from the set of Vachon’s best-known fillms, Shooting to Kill offers all the satisfaction of an intimate memoir from the frontlines of independent filmmakins, from one of its most successful agent provocateurs — and survivors. Hailed by the New York Times as the “godmother to the politically committed film” and by Interview as a true “auteur producer,” Christine Vachon has made her name with such bold, controversial, and commercially successful films as “Poison,” “Swoon,” Kids,” “Safe,” “I Shot Andy Warhol,” and “Velvet Goldmine.”Over the last decade, she has become a driving force behind the most daring and strikingly original independent filmmakers-from Todd Haynes to Tom Kalin and Mary Harron-and helped put them on the map.



5 .) Making Movies by Sidney Lumet

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Cheat Sheet
  • Film Lifestyle
  • Film Shortage
  • Goodreads
  • Indie Film Hustle
  • Wolf Crow

From one of America’s most acclaimed directors comes a book that is both a professional memoir and a definitive guide to the art, craft, and business of the motion picture. Drawing on 40 years of experience on movies ranging from Long Day’s Journey Into Night to The Verdict, Lumet explains the painstaking labor that results in two hours of screen magic.



4 .) The Filmmaker’s Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age by Steven Ascher & Edward Pincus

Lists It Appears On:

  • EP Films
  • Film Shortage
  • Film Tool Kit
  • Indie Film Hustle
  • No Film School
  • NYFA
  • Premium Beat

For first time since its publication in 1984, “The Filmmaker’s Handbook” — the classic volume highlighting the techniques and technologies needed for the creation and production of movies — has been completely revised and updated. Written by filmmakers for filmmakers, this essential text now includes the latest information on digital age filmmaking, where the shifting boundaries between film, video, and computer systems have introduced a wide range of methods and equipment every filmmaker must master to be competitive.This comprehensive reference guide addresses the techniques necessary to make feature, documentary, industrial, and experimental films while detailing the possibilities and limitations of various formats. New chapters spotlight video camera and video editing, essential information for modern film students and makers who focus on video production exclusively.



3 .) On Directing Film by David Mamet

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • Bustle
  • Film Lifestyle
  • Film Shortage
  • Film Tool Kit
  • Goodreads
  • Lights Film School
  • No Film School
  • NYFA
  • Premium Beat

According to David Mamet, a film director must, above all things, think visually. Most of this instructive and funny book is written in dialogue form and based on film classes Mamet taught at Columbia University. He encourages his students to tell their stories not with words, but through the juxtaposition of uninflected images. The best films, Mamet argues, are composed of simple shots. The great filmmaker understands that the burden of cinematic storytelling lies less in the individual shot than in the collective meaning that shots convey when they are edited together. Mamet borrows many of his ideas about directing, writing, and acting from Russian masters such as Konstantin Stanislavsky, Sergei M. Eisenstein, and Vsevelod Pudovkin, but he presents his material in so delightful and lively a fashion that he revitalizes it for the contemporary reader.



2 .) In the Blink of an Eye by Walter Murch

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Film Lifestyle
  • Film Tool Kit
  • Goodreads
  • How To Film School
  • Indie Film Hustle
  • Lights Film School
  • No Film School
  • NYFA
  • Pond 5
  • Premium Beat

In the Blink of an Eye is celebrated film editor Walter Murch’s vivid, multifaceted, thought-provoking essay on film editing. Starting with what might be the most basic editing question – Why do cuts work? – Murch treats the reader to a wonderful ride through the aesthetics and practical concerns of cutting film. Along the way, he offers his unique insights on such subjects as continuity and discontinuity in editing, dreaming, and reality; criteria for a good cut; the blink of the eye as an emotional cue; digital editing; and much more. In this second edition, Murch reconsiders and completely revises his popular first edition’s lengthy meditation on digital editing (which accounts for a third of the book’s pages) in light of the technological changes that have taken place in the six years since its publication.



1 .) Rebel Without a Crew, or How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker with $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player by Robert Rodríguez

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amy Clarke Films
  • Bustle
  • DSLR Video Shooter
  • Film Lifestyle
  • Film Tool Kit
  • Goodreads
  • How To Film School
  • Indie Film Hustle
  • Lights Film School
  • No Film School
  • Pond 5
  • Wolf Crow

In Rebel Without a Crew, famed independent screenwriter and director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Sin City 2, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Spy Kids) discloses all the unique strategies and original techniques he used to make his remarkable debut film, El Mariachi, on a shoestring budget. This is both one man’s remarkable story and an essential guide for anyone who has a celluloid story to tell and the dreams and determination to see it through. Part production diary, part how-to manual, Rodriguez unveils how he was able to make his influential first film on only a $7,000 budget.




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37 Cinematic Storytelling Jennifer Van Sijll DSLR Video Shooter
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38 Corporate Video Production: Beyond the Board Room (And OUT of the Bored Room) Stuart Sweetow Film Lifestyle
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39 Documentary Storytelling: Creative Nonfiction on Screen Sheila Curran Bernard Film Tool Kit
Documentary Cameras
40 Fans, Friends and Followers: Building an Audience and a Creative Career in the Digital Age Scott Kirsner Film Lifestyle
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41 Film Art: An Introduction David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson Elfs Japan
Goodreads
42 Film Craft: Editing Justin Chang Amy Clarke Films
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43 Film Directing Shot by Shot: Visualizing from Concept to Screen Steven D. Katz Goodreads
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44 From Reel to Deal: Everything You Need to Create a Successful Independent Film Dov S-S Simens Film Lifestyle
Indie Film Hustle
45 How to Shoot a Feature Film for Under $10,000 Bret Stern NYFA
Film Lifestyle
46 How to Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck: Advice to Make Any Amateur Look Like a Pro Steve Stockman Film Tool Kit
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47 I Lost It At the Movies BFI
The Guardian
48 If It’s Purple, Someone’s Gonna Die: The Power of Color in Visual Storytelling Patti Bellantoni Amy Clarke Films
Goodreads
49 Moviemak­ers’ Mas­ter Class: Pri­vate Lessons from the World’s Fore­most Direc­tors Lau­rent Tirard Goodreads
Film Lifestyle
50 Notes on the Cinematographer Robert Bresson Goodreads
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51 Poetics Aristotle Lights Film School
No Film School
52 Prater Violet BFI
The Guardian
53 Produce Your Own Damn Movie Lloyd Kaufman Indie Film Hustle
Film Lifestyle
54 The Com­plete Film Pro­duc­tion Hand­book Eve Light Hon­thaner Film Lifestyle
EP Films
55 The Declaration of Independent Filmmaking: An Insider’s Guide to Making Movies Outside of Hollywood Michael Polish Indie Film Hustle
How To Film School
56 The Hero With a Thousand Faces Joseph Campbell Lights Film School
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57 The Independent Film Producer’s Survival Guide: A Business and Legal Sourcebook Gunnar Erickson, Mark Halloran and Harris Tulchin Indie Film Hustle
Film Lifestyle
58 The World Viewed BFI
The Guardian
59 This Is Orson Welles Orson Welles, Peter Bogdanovich, Jonathan Rosenbaum Wolf Crow
BFI
60 What They Don’t Teach You at Film School: 161 Strategies For Making Your Own Movies No Matter What Camille Landau and Tiare White Goodreads
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(Titles Appear On 2 List Each)
61 $30 Film School: How to Write, Direct, Produce, Shoot, Edit, Distribute, Tour With, and Sell Your Own No-Budget Digital Movie Michael W. Dean Film Lifestyle
62 100 Ideas that Changed Film DSLR Video Shooter
63 100 Modern Soundtracks BFI
64 101 Things I Learned in Film School Neil Landau Goodreads
65 A Biographical Dictionary of Film BFI
66 A Discovery of Cinema BFI
67 A Life BFI
68 A Life in Movies BFI
69 A million miles in a thousand years donald miller Uphill Cinema
70
A Mirror for England: British Movies from Austerity to Affluence
BFI
71 A New History of Documentary Film Betsy A. McLane Film Tool Kit
72
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies
BFI
73 A Pictorial History of Horror Movies BFI
74
A Third Face: My Tale of Writing, Fighting and Filmmaking
BFI
75
A World Viewed: Reflections on the Ontology of Film
BFI
76 Abel Ferrara BFI
77
Acting Face to Face: The Actor’s Guide to Understanding How Your Face Communicates Emotion for TV and Film
Back Stage
78 Acting for Film Back Stage
79 Acting for the Camera Back Stage
80 Acting in Film: An Actor’s Take on Movie Making Michael Caine Goodreads
81
Action! Professional Acting for Film and Television
Back Stage
82
Adventures in the Lives of Others: Ethical Dilemmas in Factual Filmmaking
Documentary Cameras
83 Adventures of a Suburban Boy BFI
84 Agee on Film: Reviews and Comments BFI
85 Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light Patrick Mcgilligan Film Tool Kit
86
American Cinematographer Manual 10TH Edition
How To Film School
87
An Amorous History of the Silver Screen: Shanghai Cinema, 1896-1937
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88 An Autobiography of British Cinema BFI
89 An Illustrated History of the Horror Film BFI
90 Anne Bancroft: A Life Huffington Post
91
Anschluß an Morgen and Das tägliche Brennen
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92
Archival Storytelling: A Filmmaker’s Guide to Finding, Using, and Licensing Third-Party Visuals and Music
Documentary Cameras
93 Asheville Movies Volume 1: The Silent Era Huffington Post
94
Atlas of Emotion: Journeys in Art, Architecture and Film
BFI
95 Auditioning and Acting for the Camera Back Stage
96 Ava Gardner: A Life in Movies Huffington Post
97 Avid Uncut: Workflows, Tips and Techniques from Hollywood Pros Steve Hullfish Jonny Elwyn
98 Awake in the Dark Roger Ebert Cheat Sheet
99
Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History
Concept Art Empire
100
Barbara La Marr: The Girl Who Was Too Beautiful for Hollywood
Huffington Post
101 Beauty and the Beast: Diary of a Film BFI
102 Behind The Seen: How Walter Murch Edited Cold Mountain Using Apple Final Cut Pro and What This Means for Cinema Charles Koppelman Film Lifestyle
103 Bergman BFI
104 Brecht in Practice: Theatre David Barnett Elfs Japan
105 Cahiers du cinéma: The 1950s BFI
106 Channel 4 Guide to François Truffaut BFI
107 Cinema: A Critical Dictionary BFI
108 Circles of Confusion BFI
109 City of Nets BFI
110 Concrete Wedding Cake John Heath Jonny Elwyn
111 Confessions of a Cultist BFI
112 Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration Ed Catmull and‎ Amy Wallace Film Tool Kit
113 Currents in Japanese Cinema BFI
114 Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir Eddie Muller Cheat Sheet
115 David Lean: A Biography BFI
116 David Mamet On Directing Film How To Film School
117 David O. Selznick’s Hollywood BFI
118
De la figure en général et du corps en particulier: L’invention figurative au cinéma
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119 Deadline at Dawn BFI
120 Deadline at Dawn: Film Criticism BFI
121 Dealmaking in the Film & Television Industry: From Negotiations to Final Contracts Mark Litwak Film Lifestyle
122 Death 24x a Second The Guardian
123 Decreation BFI
124
Der lachende Mann: Bekenntnisse eines Mörders
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125
Devant la recrudescence des vols de sac à main, cinéma, télévision, information
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126 Dictionary of Films BFI
127 Dictionnaire du cinéma BFI
128 Directing the Documentary
Documentary Cameras
129 Dirk Bogarde: The Authorised Biography BFI
130 Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film Peter Biskind No Film School
131 Dream Repairman Jim Clark Jonny Elwyn
132 Durgnat on Film BFI
133
Each Man in His Time: The Life Story of a Director
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134 Ealing Studios BFI
135 Either You’re in or You’re in the Way: Two Brothers, Twelve Months, and One Filmmaking Hell-Ride to Keep a Promise to Their Father Logan and Noah Miller Film Lifestyle
136 Enciclopédia do Cinema Brasileiro BFI
137 Entirely Up to You, Darling Richard Attenborough Wolf Crow
138 Eric Rohmer BFI
139 Essais sur la signification au cinéma BFI
140 Essential Deren: Collected Writings on Film BFI
141
Farber on Film: The Complete Film Writings of Manny Farber
BFI
142 Fassbinder’s Germany BFI
143 Film BFI
144 Film as a Subversive Art BFI
145
Film at Wit’s End: Essays on American Independent Film-makers
BFI
146 Film Directing: Cinematic Motion Steven D. Katz Goodreads
147 Film Form BFI
148 Film History: An Introduction Pond 5
149 Film Journal BFI
150
Film Lighting: Talks With Hollywood’s Cinematographers and Gaffers
How To Film School
151
Film Production Management 101-2nd edition: Management & Coordination in a Digital Age
How To Film School
152 Film Production Techniques Premium Beat
153
Film Style and Technology: History and Analysis
BFI
154 Film Theory and Criticism: Introductory Readings Leo Braudy and Marshall Cohen Elfs Japan
155 Film World: The Director’s Interviews Michel Ciment Elfs Japan
156 Film: A Montage of Theories Edited BFI
157 Film: A Sound Art BFI
158 FilmCraft: Directing How To Film School
159
Filmmaking for Change: Make Films That Transform the World
Documentary Cameras
160 Filmmaking For Dummies Film Shortage
161 Films and Feelings BFI
162 Final Cut BFI
163 Final Cut Pro X: Pro Workflow Mike Matzdorff Jonny Elwyn
164 Flicker BFI
165 For Keeps Pauline Kael Cheat Sheet
166
From Caligari to Hitler: A Psychological History of the German Film
BFI
167 Fun in a Chinese Laundry BFI
168
Getting it Done: The Ultimate Production Assistant Guide
How To Film School
169 Ghostbusters: The Ultimate Visual History Concept Art Empire
170 Godard au travail: Les années 60 BFI
171 Godard on Godard BFI
172 Godzilla – The Art of Destruction Concept Art Empire
173 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Concept Art Empire
174 Guillermo del Toro Cab­i­net of Curiosi­ties: My Note­books, Col­lec­tions, and Other Obses­sions Guillermo del Toro Film Lifestyle
175
He’s Got Rhythm: The Life and Career of Gene Kelly
Huffington Post
176 Heavenly Bodies: Film Stars and Society BFI
177 Heavenly Bodies: Stars and Society BFI
178 Hello, He Lied Lynda Obst Bustle
179 Herzog on Herzog Paul Cronin Goodreads
180 Histoire du cinéma Naz BFI
181 Histoire économique du cinéma BFI
182 Hitchcock’s Films BFI
183 Hollywood Babylon BFI
184 Hollywood’s Pre-Code Horrors 1931-1934 Huffington Post
185
Horizons West: Studies in Authorship in the Western
BFI
186
How Not to Make a Short Film: Secrets from a Sundance Programmer
Film Shortage
187
How to Book Acting Jobs in TV and Film: The Truth About the Acting Industry- Conversations With a Veteran Hollywood Casting Director
Back Stage
188
How to Make a Movie in 10 Easy Lessons: Learn how to write, direct, and edit your own film without a Hollywood budget (Super Skills)
Film Shortage
189 Howard Hawks: The Grey Fox of Hollywood BFI
190 Illuminations BFI
191 Im/Off: Filmartikel BFI
192 Indecent Exposure BFI
193 Independent Feature Film Production: A Complete Guide from Concept Through Distribution Gregory Goodell Film Lifestyle
194
Independent Film Producing: How to Produce a Low-Budget Feature Film on Amazon
How To Film School
195
Indie Film Producing: The Craft of Low Budget Filmmaking
Indie Film Hustle
196 Ingmar Bergman BFI
197 John Ford hors-série BFI
198 John Ford: The Man and His Films BFI
199 Joseph Losey: A Revenge on Life BFI
200 Kantuko Ozu Yasujiro BFI
201 Katharine Hepburn: Star as Feminist BFI
202
King Cohn: The Life and Times of Harry Cohn
BFI
203 King Vidor, American BFI
204
Kings of the Bs: Working Within the Hollywood System
BFI
205
Kino: A History of the Russian and Soviet Cinema
BFI
206 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang BFI
207 Kubrick Michael Herr Elfs Japan
208 L’Imaginaire BFI
209 La Maison et le monde BFI
210 Leo McCarey: sonrisas y lágrimas BFI
211 Let’s Go to the Pictures BFI
212 Letters BFI
213 Lighting for Cinematography: A Practical Guide to the Art and Craft of Lighting for the Moving Image David Landau Film Tool Kit
214
Lignes d’ombre: une autre histoire du cinéma soviétique (1926-1968)
BFI
215 Looking Away: Hollywood and Vietnam BFI
216 Louise Brooks BFI
217 Lulu in Hollywood BFI
218
Madame Depardieu and the Beautiful Strangers
BFI
219 Magic and Myth of the Movies BFI
220 Make the Cut: A Guide to Becoming a Successful Assistant Editor in Film and TV Lori Coleman,‎ Diana Friedberg Film Tool Kit
221 Making a Good Script Great Linda Seger Goodreads
222 Mamoulian BFI
223
Marvel’s Doctor Strange: The Art of the Movie
Concept Art Empire
224 Mauritz Stiller och hans filmer 1912-1916 BFI
225 Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Jesse Andrews Goodreads
226 Melville on Melville BFI
227 Memoirs of the Beijing Film Academy BFI
228 Method BFI
229
MGM’s Greatest Musicals: The Arthur Freed Unit
BFI
230 Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film Huffington Post
231 Mikio Naruse BFI
232
Mondo Macabro: Weird & Wonderful Cinema around the World
BFI
233 More Than Night: Film Noir in Its Contexts BFI
234
Motion Picture and Video Lighting on Amazon
How To Film School
235 My Autobiography Charles Chaplin Wolf Crow
236 My First Movie: Twenty Celebrated Directors Talk about Their First Film Stephen Lowenstein Film Lifestyle
237 My Last Breath BFI
238 My Last Sigh The Guardian
239 My Life and My Films BFI
240 My Mother Was Nuts Penny Marshall Film Tool Kit
241
Negative Space: Manny Farber on the Movies
BFI
242
Nightmare USA: The Untold Story of the Exploitation Independents
BFI
243 Notes on Cinematography The Guardian
244
Notes on Directing: 130 Lessons in Leadership from the Director’s Chair
How To Film School
245 Notes: On the Making of Apocalypse Now! BFI
246 Nouvelle Vague, The First Decade BFI
247 On Film Editing Edward Dmytryk Goodreads
248 On the History of Film Style BFI
249
Out of the Past: Spanish Cinema After Franco
BFI
250 Outliers: The Story of Success How To Film School
251 Paramount: City of Dreams Huffington Post
252 Personal Views: Explorations in Film BFI
253 Phantom Empire BFI
254 Picture BFI
255 Pictures at a Revolution Mark Harris Cheat Sheet
256 Pinocchio: The Making of the Disney Epic Concept Art Empire
257
Placing Movies: The Practice of Film Criticism
BFI
258
Playing to the Camera: Film Actors Discuss Their Craft
Back Stage
259 Poetics of Cinema BFI
260 Poétique du cinématographe BFI
261 Postcards from the Cinema BFI
262
Preston Sturges by Preston Sturges: His Life in His Words
BFI
263
Producer to Producer: A Step-By-Step Guide to Low Budgets Independent Film Producing
How To Film School
264 Projections: The Director’s Cut John Boorman and Walter Donohue Elfs Japan
265 Prometheus: The Art of the Film Concept Art Empire
266 Purity and Provocation: Dogme ’95 Mette Hjort and Scott Mackenzie Elfs Japan
267
Pursuits of Happiness: The Hollywood Comedy of Remarriage
BFI
268 Qu’est-ce que le cinéma? (What is Cinema?) BFI
269 Quay Brothers Dictionary BFI
270 Queer Edward II (annotated screenplay) BFI
271 Rebels on the Backlot Sharon Waxman Cheat Sheet
272
Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in Copyright
Documentary Cameras
273 Red Cars BFI
274 Reeling BFI
275 Reeling By Pauline Kael BFI
276 Refocus: Cutting-Edge Strategies to Evolve Your Video Business Ron Dawson & Tasra Dawson Film Lifestyle
277 Rivette: Texts and Interviews BFI
278
Romantic Comedy in Hollywood: From Lubitsch to Sturges
BFI
279 Rosebud: The Story of Orson Welles BFI
280
Running the Show: The Essential Guide to Being a First Assistant Director on Amazon
How To Film School
281 Save the Cat! Goes to the Movies: The Screenwriter’s Guide to Every Story Ever Told Blake Snyder Goodreads
282
Scheduling and Budgeting Your Film: A Panic-Free Guide
How To Film School
283 Science Fiction Movies BFI
284 Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul The Film Collaborative, Jon Reiss, and Sheri Candler No Film School
285 Set Lighting Technician’s Handbook: Film Lighting Equipment, Practice, and Electrical Distribution Harry Box Film Tool Kit
286 Setting Up Your Shots: Great Camera Moves Every Filmmaker Should Know Jeremy Vineyard Goodreads
287
Sex In the Cinema: The Pre-Code Years (1929-1934)
Huffington Post
288 Shooting Time – Conversations with Cinematographers Richard van Oosterhout, et al. Elfs Japan
289 Shot by Shot; A Practical Guide to Filmmaking John Cantine, Susan Howard, and Brady Lewis Film Lifestyle
290 Signs and Meaning in the Cinema BFI
291 Silent Films in St. Augustine Huffington Post
292 Single-Camera Video Production EP Films
293 Sirk on Sirk: Interviews with Jon Halliday BFI
294
Slapstick Divas: The Women of Silent Comedy
Huffington Post
295 Something to Do with Death Christopher Frayling Wolf Crow
296 Soshun: Früher Frühling von Ozu Yasujiro BFI
297 Sound Design: The Expressive Power of Music, Voice and Sound Effects in Cinema David Sonnenschein Film Tool Kit
298 Speaking of Films Satyajit Ray Wolf Crow
299 Spellbound in Darkness BFI
300 Spider-Man: Homecoming Art Book Concept Art Empire
301 Spike Lee’s Gotta Have It Spike Lee Wolf Crow
302
Stargazer: The Life, World and Films of Andy Warhol
BFI
303 Storaro: Writing with Light Vittorio Storaro Elfs Japan
304 Subtitles: On the Foreignness of Film BFI
305 Sul cinema By Roland Barthes BFI
306 Suspects BFI
307
The ‘I’ of the Camera: Essays in Film Criticism, History, and Aesthetics
BFI
308 The 100 Most Frequently Asked Questions about Screenwriting Stuart Friedel and Godwin Jabangwe Elfs Japan
309
The Aesthetics and Psychology of the Cinema
BFI
310 The American Cinema BFI
311
The American Cinema: Directors and Directions 1929-1968
BFI
312 The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller John Truby Goodreads
313 The Art and Making of Alien: Covenant Concept Art Empire
314
The Art of Captain Underpants The First Epic Movie
Concept Art Empire
315 The Art of Dramatic Writing: Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives Lajos Egri Goodreads
316 The Art of Ghost in the Shell Concept Art Empire
317 The Art of Kong: Skull Island Concept Art Empire
318 The Art of Oz The Great and Powerful Concept Art Empire
319 The Art of Pirates of the Caribbean Concept Art Empire
320 The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Concept Art Empire
321 The Art of The Boss Baby Concept Art Empire
322 The Aurum Film Encyclopedia BFI
323 The Avant-Garde Finds Andy Hardy BFI
324 The Brechtian Aspect of Radical Cinema BFI
325 The British Film Catalogue, 1895-1970 BFI
326 The Camera and I BFI
327 The Cinema Book BFI
328
The Cinematograph in Science, Education and Matters of State
BFI
329 The Color Cor­rec­tion Hand­book: Pro­fes­sional Tech­niques for Video and Cin­ema Alexis Van Hurk­man Film Lifestyle
330 The Complete Making of Indiana Jones Concept Art Empire
331 The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film Michael Ondaatje Goodreads
332 The Deer Park BFI
333
The Devil’s Candy: The Bonfire of the Vanities Goes to Hollywood
BFI
334
The Digital Filmmaking Handbook, 5th Edition
Film Shortage
335 The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made Greg Sestero Goodreads
336 The DSLR Cinematography Guide No Film School
337
The Eight Characters of Comedy: Guide to Sitcom Acting and Writing
Back Stage
338 The Encyclopaedia of Indian Cinema BFI
339 The Film Director’s Intuition: Script Analysis and Rehearsal Techniques Judith Weston Goodreads
340 The Film Encylopedia BFI
341 The FilmCraft series Focal Press Elfs Japan
342 The Filmmaker’s Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age Steven Ascher Goodreads
343
The Filmmaker’s Eye: The Language of the Lens: The Power of Lenses and the Expressive Cinematic Image
How To Film School
344 The Films in My Life BFI
345 The Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers Book The Guardian
346
The Genius of the System: Hollywood Filmmaking in the Studio Era
BFI
347
The Grip Book: The Studio Grip’s Essential Guide
How To Film School
348 The Haunted Screen BFI
349 The History of World Cinema BFI
350 The Hollywood Hallucination BFI
351
The Imperial Screen: Japanese Film Culture in the Fifteen Years’ War, 1931-45
BFI
352 The Invention of Morel BFI
353 The Japanese Film: Art and Industry BFI
354 The Last Tycoon BFI
355 The LEGO Batman Movie Art Book Concept Art Empire
356 The Location Sound Bible: How to Record Professional Dialog for Film and TV Ric Viers Film Tool Kit
357
The Magnificent Heel: The Life and Films of Ricardo Cortez
Huffington Post
358 The Making of Citizen Kane BFI
359
The Man Who Made the Movies: The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of William Fox
Huffington Post
360 The Material Ghost: Films and Their Medium BFI
361
The Memory of Tiresias: Intertextuality and Film
BFI
362 The Movie Art of Syd Mead: Visual Futurist Concept Art Empire
363 The Movie Business: The Definitive Guide to the Legal and Financial Secrets of Getting Your Movie Made Kelly Crabb Film Lifestyle
364 The Name above the Title Frank Capra Wolf Crow
365 The Name of this Book is Dogme95 Richard Kelly No Film School
366
The New Wave: Truffaut, Godard, Chabrol, Rohmer, Rivette
BFI
367 The Parade’s Gone By BFI
368 The Pat Hobby Storie BFI
369 The Phantom Empire BFI
370 The Pleasure Dome BFI
371 The Production Assistant’s Pocket Handbook How To Film School
372 The Republic BFI
373
The Resistance: Ten Years of Pop Culture That Shook the World
BFI
374 The Science of On-Camera Acting Back Stage
375 The Screenwriter’s Workbook Syd Field Goodreads
376
The Shadow of an Airplane Climbs the Empire State Building
BFI
377 The Social Media Bible Premium Beat
378 The Society of the Spectacle BFI
379 The Sound Effects Bible: How to Create and Record Hollywood Style Sound Effects Ric Viers Film Tool Kit
380 The Story of Film Mark Cousins Film Lifestyle
381 THE STORYTELLING ANIMAL JONATHAN GOTTSCHALL Uphill Cinema
382 The Studio BFI
383 The Videomaker Guide to Video Production EP Films
384 The Visual Story: Creating the Visual Structure of Film, TV and Digital Media Bruce Block Goodreads
385 The War of Art Steven Pressfield Lights Film School
386 The Wizard of Oz The Guardian
387 Theory of Film Practice BFI
388 Think Outside the Box Office Jon Reiss Film Lifestyle
389 This Much is True: 14 Directors on Documentary Filmmaking James Quinn Film Tool Kit
390
Too Marvelous for Words: The Life and Career of Ruby Keeler
Huffington Post
391 Transcendental Style in Film: Ozu, Bressson, Dreyer Paul Schrader Cheat Sheet
392 True Fiction Pictures & Possible Films Hal Hartley No Film School
393
Typical Men: The Representation of Masculinity in British Cinema
BFI
394 Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide Chris Gore Film Lifestyle
395 Video Production Handbook EP Films
396
Video Production: Disciplines and Techniques
EP Films
397
Video Shooter: Mastering Storytelling Techniques
EP Films
398 Visionary Film BFI
399 Viv(r)e le cinéma BFI
400 Vulgar Modernism BFI
401 Wanderer BFI
402 Werner Herzog: A Guide for the Perplexed Paul Cronin Film Lifestyle
403
When the Moon Waxes Red: Representation, Gender and Cultural Politics
BFI
404 Which Lie Did I Tell?: More Adventures in the Screen Trade William Goldman Goodreads
405 World War Z: The Art of the Film Concept Art Empire
406 Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can, Too! Robert Ben Garant Goodreads
407 Your Movie Sucks Pond 5
408 Your Screenplay Sucks!: 100 Ways to Make It Great William M. Akers Goodreads
409
Zur Kritik des Politischen Films: 6 analysierende Beschreibungen und ein Vorwort “Über Filmkritik”
BFI


26 Best Filmmaking Book Sources/Lists



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Amy Clarke Films 5 Great books for Filmmakers 2018 Book Reviews — Amy Clarke Films
Back Stage 11 Amazing Books for the On-Camera Actor | Backstage
BFI The best film books, by 51 critics | Sight & Sound | BFI
Bustle 10 Books Every Aspiring Filmmaker Should Read – Bustle
Cheat Sheet The 8 Best Books for Film History Buffs – The Cheat Sheet
Concept Art Empire 20 Best Movie & Film Concept Art Books – Concept Art Empire
Documentary Cameras List: Top Books About Documentary Filmmaking – Documentary Film …
DSLR Video Shooter 5 Film Books You Should Have on Your Coffee Table
Elfs Japan Film Books Every Filmmaker Should Read – ELFS Japan
EP Films Top 10 Film Production Books for Professional Filming – Epfilms.tv
Film Lifestyle 57 Filmmaking Books You Need To Read • Filmmaking Lifestyle
Film Shortage 8 Filmmaking Books any Filmmaker Should Own – Film Shortage
Film Tool Kit Best Books On Filmmaking – The Ultimate List – FilmToolKit
Goodreads Popular Filmmaking Books – Goodreads
How To Film School The Best Filmmaking Books Ever Written – How to Film School
Huffington Post Best Film Books of 2017 | HuffPost
Indie Film Hustle Filmmaking Books You Need to Read – Top Ten List – IFH
Jonny Elwyn 5 Books on The Craft of Film Editing | Jonny Elwyn – Film Editor
Lights Film School 10 Best Books on Filmmaking for Beginners | Lights Film School
No Film School Film School on a Bookshelf: 15 Recommended Books for Aspiring …
NYFA 7 Essential Books on Filmmaking and Directing
Pond 5 7 Great Books That Every Aspiring Filmmaker Needs to Read | Pond5
Premium Beat Educate Yourself: Books for Filmmakers and Videographers
The Guardian Word and image: my top 10 books on film | Books | The Guardian
Uphill Cinema 3 Books Every Filmmaker & Storyteller Must Read — UpHill Cinema
Wolf Crow 13 Books for Directors, by Directors – Wolfcrow

 

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