October 19, 2014 at 3:16AM

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which books are good to read for filmmakers?

Which writer should I choose and which books should I read to improve my story writing ability ?

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October 21, 2014 at 6:21PM

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John Morse
Producer + Director
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i like to read books to teach acting, if you're a director. screenwriting - i don't think there are secrets - maybe read "story" then watch Charlie Kaufman's rebuttal of the book in "Adaptation"

October 22, 2014 at 9:38PM

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Ed David
Director of Photography
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i personally felt books that are life lessons and thought process was more educational and helped me believe in my own senses.
Never found film books to be very helpful. Tho i've learned a lot about thinking process

The Art of War by Sun Tzu
War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Poetics by Aristotle
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Book of Five Rings by Musashi Miyamoto
Writer's Journey by Christopher Vogler
Perspectives (architecture text book)

October 24, 2014 at 12:42AM

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Kazu Okuda
Filmmaker
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maybe you must check this :
http://casadelia.id/

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May 26, 2018 at 4:10AM, Edited May 26, 4:10AM

Personally, the best book I've read about storytelling was:

Card, Orson S. (2010). 'Characters & Viewpoint - Elements of Fiction Writing', Cincinatti: Writer's Digest.

http://www.amazon.de/Characters-Viewpoint-Elements-Fiction-Writing/dp/15...

I highly recommend it.

November 16, 2014 at 3:57PM, Edited November 16, 3:57PM

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Philipp Keller
screenwriter
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A book that's been super valuable in all things filmmaking for me is >> The Five C's of Cinematography: Motion Picture Filming Techniques

Not the definitive guide for a writer, but something to be referenced once a story is being adopted for the screen. -George

November 25, 2014 at 12:04AM

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George Mihaly
Director at storyfirm.com
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I found "In the Blink of an Eye" by Walter Murch super helpful. But I agree with Werner Herzog that any kind of reading is vital to be a good visual storyteller. Don't forget the classics. Stuff like "The Brothers Karamazov" by Dostoyevski and "The Sun Also Rises" by Hemingway. Everything you learn from consuming classics like that is transferrable to film.

September 3, 2016 at 12:04PM

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David Baker
writer, media producer
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OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD... here are some ideas to help you become a filmmaker:

1. Read some biographies of your favorite movie directors (e.g., Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone, Alfred Hitchcock, etc.) online, so you'll find out some ways they got into the business. Maybe they worked in the editing suite, or maybe they were "production assistants" on a TV set and learned the ropes that way.

2. Read some published scripts to popular movies made in the last 10 or 15 years. It might be a good idea to read the novelizations of these films, too; but those are written like novels, not screenplays.

3. If you want to be a filmmaker, you'll have to decide between fiction (98% of working filmmakers are making fiction films) or documentary films (2% of the workforce).

4. IF YOU CHOOSE TO BE A FICTION FILMMAKER...

...I suggest you go to a specialty magazine shop and buy a copy of FILMMAKER magazine, which is designed for people who want to make small, low-budget films like "RESERVOIR DOGS," "SLING BLADE" or "DO THE RIGHT THING."

http://filmmakermagazine.com/

5. If you want a crash course in the mechanics of producing and directing a film -- that means you'll have to hire (and fire) people, and make deals at film festivals with studio acquisition executives -- then I recommend you visit the website of Dov Simens, or google 2-DAY FILM SCHOOL.

I've listened to his course on tape (this was a LONG time ago), and it is PACKED with information about things like film permits, insurance, getting good sound effects and learning about what kinds of film you can produce with various budgets.

That's all I can think of for now.

May 25, 2018 at 4:19AM

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