October 19, 2014 at 12:16AM

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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 3:21PM

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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 6:38PM

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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 23, 2014 at 9:42PM

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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 1:10AM, Edited May 26, 1:10AM

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 12:57PM, Edited November 16, 12:57PM

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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 24, 2014 at 9:04PM

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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 9:04AM

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David Baker
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