May 12, 2015 at 12:47PM, Edited May 12, 12:49PM

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The best book to read for a beginner in film making?

hi guys!
What book you can recommend to read for a noob-filmmaker? I prefer books that are clear to understand, without any unnecessary paragraphs where writer talks about some common things or starts philosophizing about nothing.

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Film-making is a hands-on learning, just like running. It might help reading books after you have been on 10 different productions, but not before. So, sign up as a PA or find a mentor. I will exaggerate for effect, but each day on a set will equal one book read.

May 12, 2015 at 11:26PM

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Alex Zakrividoroga
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Bare bones
The filmmakers handbook
Rebel without a crew
The screenwriters manual

http://youtu.be/W-YpfievjSk

Watch as many academy award nominated films as you can.

May 13, 2015 at 7:01PM

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Sidney Lumet's book is well worth a read (forgotten the title - google it) as is Jerry Lewis', and Alexander Mackendrick's...

And then just get out there and do it!

May 15, 2015 at 1:55PM

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Alex Richardson
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I lot of information can be obtained from blogs, like this. But two books I got a lot out of are Save the cat by Blake Snyder, for screenwriting and Painting with Light by John Altman for lighting.

May 17, 2015 at 3:28PM, Edited May 17, 3:27PM

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Almosh Taltosh
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"Hitchcock" by François Truffaut.

May 18, 2015 at 8:03PM

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Darren Wiard
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