Wendy's Recommended Books on Filmmaking
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Wendy enjoys directing, writing & editing best. If you prefer different aspects of filmmaking, such as cinematography or sound, these books may not apply to you.
1. In the Blink of An Eye
Walter Murch. Packed with useful information about understanding what makes a film work, focusing primarily on editing. [Link] Now available in a revised edition with Francis Ford Coppola.
2. On Directing Film
David Mamet. Insightful guidance into understanding the nuts and bolts of directing. [Link]
3. Stealing Fire from the Gods
James Bonnet. Understanding mythic story elements and applying them to your script/film. [Link]
4. The Writer's Journey
Christopher Vogler. Understanding mythic story elements and applying them to your script/film. [Link]
5. Directing Actors
Judith Weston. Good exercises for rehearsal and working with actors. [Link]
6. The Tools of Screenwriting
David Howard & Edward Mabley. Great tools for understanding the structure of a script. [Link]
7. A Challenge for the Actor
Uta Hagen. Insightful look into the psychology & emotion of the actor. [Link] I've heard that the phrase, "Let's go talk to Uta," was an inside line among studebt filmmakers that referred to smoking pot.
8. Making Movies
Sidney Lumet. Inspiring stories about making movies. [Link]
9. Film Directing Shot by Shot
Steven Katz. Practical advise for composing the visual frame. [Link]
10. Avid Digital Editing Room Handbook
Tony Solomons. Self Explanatory. USC uses Avid workstations almost exclusively. [Link]
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