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10 books about filmmaking
Pick up one of these featured titles on filmmaking in May 2021.
My First Movie: Twenty Celebrated Directors Talk about Their First Film by Various
Category: Performing Arts
This book was published 19 years ago by Penguin Books and takes approximately 16.5 hours to read.
A series of in-depth interviews with twenty acclaimed filmmakers--including Barry Levinson, James Mangold, Steve Buscemi, Oliver Stone, and Pedro Almod=var--reveals the directors' experiences working on their first film and discusses such topics as backers, budgets, locations, daily life on the set, and more. Reprint.
Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need by Blake Snyder
Category: Performing Arts
This book was published 16 years ago by Michael Wiese Productions and takes approximately 6.5 hours to read.
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!
The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company by Robert Iger
Category: Performing Arts
This book was published 2 years ago by Random House and takes approximately 9.1 hours to read.
The CEO of Disney, one of TIME's most influential people of 2019, shares the ideas and values he embraced to reinvent one of the most beloved companies in the world and inspire the people who bring the magic to life.
The Director's Six Senses: An Innovative Approach to Developing Your Filmmaking Skills by Simone Bartesaghi
Category: Acting & Auditioning
This book was published 5 years ago by Michael Wiese Productions and takes approximately 4.8 hours to read.
The Director's Six Senses is an innovative, unique, and engaging approach to the development of the skills that every visual storyteller must have. It's based on the premise that a director is a storyteller 24/7 and must be aware of the "truth" that he or she experiences in life in order to be able to reproduce it on the big screen. Through a series of hands-on exercises and practical experiences, the reader develops the "directorial senses" in order to be able to tell a story in the most effective way.
How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck: Advice to Make Any Amateur Look Like a Pro by Steve Stockman
This book was published 10 years ago by Workman Publishing Company and takes approximately 8.3 hours to read.
Offers step-by-step instructions for making films and videos with tips, personal anecdotes, and exercises.
Empowered Filmmaking: How To Make a Documentary On Your Own Terms by Sarah Moshman
Category: Film & Video Art
This book was published last year by Nevertheless Films LLC and takes approximately 8.5 hours to read.
Documentary films have the power to change the world. And the best part is, you don't need a lot to get started making a film you're proud of that can influence and inspire the masses. In Empowered Filmmaking, Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Sarah Moshman takes you through the step-by-step process of how to make a documentary from developing an idea to all aspects of filmmaking: fundraising, camera, audio and lighting basics, post-production tips, marketing, distribution, impact, and lots more. After directing and producing 3 feature-length documentaries ("The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things", "Losing Sight of Shore" and "Nevertheless"), Moshman shares her personal stories and real world examples of how she raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund her projects independently, screened her films countless times around the world, as well as landed a six-figure licensing deal with Netflix. If you're wondering how to conduct a great interview, run a successful crowdfunding campaign, bring on investors, and navigate the distribution landscape, this book has something for every aspiring or seasoned filmmaker to feel empowered to tell the stories that matter to them, on their own terms.
Bare Bones Camera Course For Film And Video by Tom Schroeppel
This book was published 6 years ago by Allworth Press and takes approximately 5.9 hours to read.
A timeless classic with more than 165,000 copies sold, The Bare Bones Camera Course for Film and Video has been chosen by over 700 colleges to teach basic film and video techniques. Written by a working professional, The Bare Bones Camera Course is the most user-friendly book available on the subject of film and video production; it reduces the shooting experience to its essence, making complicated concepts easy to grasp. Using simple clear language and more than 150 illustrations, the book explains: Exposure Lenses Composition Basic sequence Crossing the line Lighting And much more! When you finish this book, you will know and understand how to shoot good pictures that will edit together seamlessly in post-production. With added chapters on sound and editing, this new edition of The Bare Bones Camera Course for Film and Video rounds out the education of any filmmaker. Allworth Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, publishes a broad range of books on the visual and performing arts, with emphasis on the business of art. Our titles cover subjects such as graphic design, theater, branding, fine art, photography, interior design, writing, acting, film, how to start careers, business and legal forms, business practices, and more. While we don't aspire to publish a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are deeply committed to quality books that help creative professionals succeed and thrive. We often publish in areas overlooked by other publishers and welcome the author whose expertise can help our audience of readers.
The Filmmaker's Eye: Learning (and Breaking) the Rules of Cinematic Composition by Gustavo Mercado
This book was published 11 years ago by Focal Press and takes approximately 6.9 hours to read.
Gustavo Mercado's beautiful book reveals the inner workings of the basic shots that create the cinematic experience. He reveals how visuals communicate to an audience. If you're a novice filmmaker or a seasoned professional, this book will broaden your visual horizons.-Bruce Block, film producer, author of the Visual Story, and visual consultant whose credits include The holiday, Something's Gotta Give, Stuart Little, and Pretty in Pink Telling stories with moving images is one of the most exalted art forms of our era. The Filmmaker's Eye helps you harness the power of this genre by explaining how images work to tell a story. You will gain a deeper understanding of the role each shot plays in the larger narrative scheme of your film, and the technical requirements necessary to achieve powerful and memorable images. Loaded with hundreds of full-color examples, this focused, easy-to-reference guide shows you how to become an eloquent visual storyteller through effective and expressive choices for each and every shot in your film.
What Film Schools Don’t Tell You: Your Basic Guide to Making Movies and Finding Good Distribution by Kelly Schwarze
Category: Film & Video Art
This book was published 2 years ago by Indie Film Factory, LLC and takes approximately 9.6 hours to read.
What Film Schools Don't Tell You, is the perfect guide for any filmmaker or content creator looking to make product and sell in the marketplace. This easy and straight-forward guide can help you transform your cinematic dreams into a profitable business model.
We estimate total reading time by multiplying a book's page count by an average reading speed of 2 minutes per page. Summaries sourced from Google Books.
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