January 21, 2017 at 12:15PM, Edited January 21, 12:21PM


Books you must read?

Hi guys,
I had plans to go to film school but somehow how it didn't roll out. And few of the filmmaking friends and pass out students suggested to try and read all filmmaking books as much as possible alongside practical work and get industry experience.
My interest mostly dwells in cinematography and I think cinematographer first should be a good story teller and should know structure of story like the premise, designing principle and so on.
So my question is- From which books do I begin with? And if you guys know any must read books, please help me with their names.
And and also, I would like to know your views on self-learning film-makers like me, who really want to make into the industry as much as the film-making students out there.
Also is there any Indian filmmaker out here?

Thank you in advance.


Why try to study it from books while you can see it happening by studying good movies?

January 23, 2017 at 2:45PM

Cary Knoop

You obviously can't learn filmmaking from books alone, but I think it's an effective strategy to read about theory and technique, watch for examples in films, and then put everything into practice by making some small, low-stakes short films.

Rob Hardy

January 24, 2017 at 9:43AM

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