September 17, 2018 at 4:20PM

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Need A Good Filmmaking Style Book

Howdy! My first post on here. Directing has been a side thing here and there over the last (12) years. I had a successful biz career and fit the arts in when I could. However, 3 years ago, I walked away from the biz world and spent 3 years developing a very powerful program, a part-time creative sabbatical of sorts, for creative business owners. That launched in January 2018. In 2019, I will be launching a very tiny production company, too.

Ive only done (3) projects, two in film, that did ok. Bad scripts (mine) because I was less concerned with epic storytelling (and I didn't want to screw up someone else's script), I just wanted to see if the images in me head could be put on the screen. My play, a very intense improvised reimagining of Beckett's one act plays, was the first time I got a sweet review.

So ... after 3 years of not arts projects, I want to dive back in. Ive completed a fair amount of studies but have never done a deep dive around filmmaking styles and treatments. Got the latter covered, in terms of learning. But I've struggled to find a REALLY good mile high book on the various filmmaking styles. A lot of them are more film theory or historical pieces. I'm looking for more of a nuts and bolts, this is cinema verite, this is (fill in the blank).

I have Dogme95, which has always intrigued me. But I would love to find deep dives on (being random here) The Wes Anderson filmmaking technique vs Speilberg, vs. Scorsese, Vs Kurosawa through the lens of the techniques they employed.

Any books come to mind?

Many thanks for your time
Bobby

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Hmmm. I'm curious about this too. I don't know of anything as specific as what you're asking abut. But I loved the book Motion Picture and Video Lighting by Blain Brown. It focuses on lighting different scenes for different mood/styles. Similar to what you were referencing. Hope this helps.

September 18, 2018 at 11:29AM, Edited September 18, 11:29AM

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Josh Molen
Music Composer for TV and Film
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Hey Josh. I own that book and I agree that it's great about things like setting tone and such. But it's something specific and broad is really hard to find. There's plenty of the Veritas style around Hitchcock for example. But I've yet to find a good anthology that of gives that mile high view. Thank you for contributing, I appreciate it!

Bob Olmstead

September 18, 2018 at 2:46PM

Side bar: I broke my collar bone so I'm doing all of this via Siri. Sorry for the typos!

September 18, 2018 at 2:47PM

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Bob Olmstead
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I think you just need to watch more movies and heavily analyze them. I don't think a book is going to have everything you're looking for. I would recommend signing up for Filmstruck and going through Criterion's interviews. There's a series called Observations in Film and Art that I think you would enjoy.

September 18, 2018 at 5:26PM

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Alex Alva
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I've never heard of "Observations in Film and Art". Thanks for the heads up!

Josh Molen

September 18, 2018 at 9:14PM

LOL - I spent 6 months doing a deep dive script to screen analysis on the original versus shooting script of ET! I've done a lot of those. Not really helpful under this topic, super helpful in many other ways. Like Josh, I've never heard of the Filmstruck. That sounds amazing, I will check into that. Thanks, Andrew.

September 20, 2018 at 3:25PM

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Bob Olmstead
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September 21, 2018 at 9:21PM

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Bob Olmstead
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September 21, 2018 at 9:22PM

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Bob Olmstead
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A book that I recommend to students is Michael Rabiger Directing - Film Techniques and Aesthetics. It is a complete book on filmmaking.

September 24, 2018 at 12:58AM

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Julia Lewis
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I would also recommend the bruce block book "Visual Story" . It's amazing. I'm interested in your creative/business crossover project, I'm working on a book right now about creative entrepreneurship, hit me up if you like to talk more.

October 1, 2018 at 10:40AM

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November 7, 2018 at 4:25AM

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