25 ESSENTIAL BOOKS ON FILMMAKING AND DIRECTING

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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.

1. Making Movies by Sidney Lumet

Making-Movies-Sidney-LumetLumet is a five time Oscar nominee for best director. Making Movies is a detailed guide on directing movies.

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

Directing ActorsOne of the best hand books on how to work with actors.

3. Kazan on Directing by Elia Kazan

Kazan on Directing by Elia KazanKazan was one of the best directors of his time directing films such as Splendor in the Grass.

4. Filmmaking for Dummies by Bryan Michael Stoller

Filmmaking for Dummies by Bryan Michael StollerThis is a must have for all filmmakers; beginners or seasoned.

5. The Filmmaker’s Handbook: A comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age

The Filmmaker’s HandbookThis masterpiece by Edward Pincus and Steven Ascher covers all aspects of filmmaking.

6. Hello, He Lied by Lynda Obst

Hello, He Lied by Lynda ObstLynda Obst is the producer behind time-travel epic Interstellar. It covers all areas of film production.

7. From Reel to Deal: Everything You Need to Create a Successful Independent Film by Dov Simens.

From Reel to DealA comprehensive Guide by one of the best self-taught filmmakers today.

8. Joel’s Guide to a Professional Looking Screenplay

This gem covers screenplay formatting and script registration.

9. Produce Your Own Damn Movie! By Lloyd Kaufman

Produce Your Own Damn Movie! By Lloyd KaufmanKaufman shares his extensive knowledge on indie film production.

10. Painting with Light by John Alton

10. Painting with Light by John AltonThis book captures everything about cinematography and camera skills.

11. In the Blink of an Eye Revised by Walter Murch

Blink-Eye-Perspective-Film-EditingAn essential tool on editing for all aspiring filmmakers

12. The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler

WritersJourneyThis is a must-read for all aspiring screenwriters.

13. Something Like an Autobiography by Akira Kurosawa

Cover_of_Akira_Kurosawa's_Something_Like_an_AutobiographyOne of the best reads on casting, writing and cinematography.

14. Shooting to Kill by Christine Vachon

Shooting-Kill-Independent-Producer-BarriersVachon is one of the leading female indie movie producers today.

15. Adventures in the Screen Trade by William Goldman

AdventuresInTheScreenTradeGoldman is an exceptional screenwriter with works including The Princess Bride and the entire President’s Men.

16. Rebel without a Crew by Robert Rodriguez

Rebel-without-Crew-23-Year-Old-FilmmakerIt covers the journey of a film maker from Indie movies to making big profits in Hollywood.

17. Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics by Michael Rabiger

Directing-Techniques-Aesthetics-Michael-RabigerThis interesting piece offers an angle on filmmaking from a director’s perspective.

18. Woody Allen on Woody Allen: In conversation with Stig Bjorkman.

Woody Allen on Woody AllenCovers interviews on the intricate planning and details involved in filmmaking.

19. Hitchcock by Truffaut

HitchcockTruffaut_poster (1)Truffaut interviewed and penned the works of arguably the best director of all time Alfred Hitchcock.

20. How Not to Make a Short Film: Secrets from a Sundance Programmer by Roberta Marie Munroe.

How Not to Make a Short FilmOffers an interesting take on common mistakes made by filmmakers.

21. Film Directing Shot by Shot: Visualizing from Concept to Screen by Steven Katz.

Film Directing Shot by ShotA piece that is surprisingly detailed and relevant to professional and amateur filmmakers alike.

22. The Visual Story: Creating the Visual Structure of Film, TV and Digital Media by Bruce Block

The Visual Story

23. Myth and the Movies by Stuart Voytilla

Myth-Movies-DiscoveringThis book focuses on the techniques of structuring stories in films.

24. On Directing Film by David Mamet.

on_directing_film_coverMamet’s plays have won him several Pulitzer prizes and he is a two time Oscar nominee.

25. The Oxford History of World Cinema by Edward O’Neill

Oxford-History-World-CinemaIt 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.

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