There are numerous books available on all aspects of filmmaking that are useful for both experienced and upcoming filmmakers. Below is a comprehensive collection of 25 essential books on filmmaking and directing.
Lumet is a five time Oscar nominee for best director. Making Movies is a detailed guide on directing movies.
One of the best hand books on how to work with actors.
Kazan was one of the best directors of his time directing films such as Splendor in the Grass.
This is a must have for all filmmakers; beginners or seasoned.
This masterpiece by Edward Pincus and Steven Ascher covers all aspects of filmmaking.
Lynda Obst is the producer behind time-travel epic Interstellar. It covers all areas of film production.
A comprehensive Guide by one of the best self-taught filmmakers today.
This gem covers screenplay formatting and script registration.
Kaufman shares his extensive knowledge on indie film production.
This book captures everything about cinematography and camera skills.
An essential tool on editing for all aspiring filmmakers
This is a must-read for all aspiring screenwriters.
One of the best reads on casting, writing and cinematography.
Vachon is one of the leading female indie movie producers today.
Goldman is an exceptional screenwriter with works including The Princess Bride and the entire President’s Men.
It covers the journey of a film maker from Indie movies to making big profits in Hollywood.
This interesting piece offers an angle on filmmaking from a director’s perspective.
Covers interviews on the intricate planning and details involved in filmmaking.
Truffaut interviewed and penned the works of arguably the best director of all time Alfred Hitchcock.
Offers an interesting take on common mistakes made by filmmakers.
A piece that is surprisingly detailed and relevant to professional and amateur filmmakers alike.
This book focuses on the techniques of structuring stories in films.
Mamet’s plays have won him several Pulitzer prizes and he is a two time Oscar nominee.
It is one of the most thorough books on filmmaking history.
These books are recommendable for anyone interested in filmmaking as they offer varied perspectives on the subject.