The following is a summary of the best filmmaking books written by filmmakers, for filmmakers. Naturally, any list of this kind features a certain level of subjectivity, but all of the below are industry renowned titles and come highly recommended.
Digital Filmmaking has been called the bible for professional filmmakers in the digital age. It details all of the procedural, creative, and technical aspects of pre-production, production, and post-production within a digital filmmaking environment. It examines the new digital methods and techniques that are redefining the filmmaking process, and how the evolution into digital filmmaking can be used to achieve greater creative flexibility as well as cost and time savings. The second edition includes updates and new information, including four new chapters that examine key topics like digital television and high definition television,making films using digital video, 24 P and universal mastering, and digital film projection.Digital Filmmaking provides a clear overview of the traditional filmmaking process, then goes on to illuminate the ways in which new methods can accomplish old tasks. It explains vital concepts, including digitization, compression, digital compositing, nonlinear editing, and on-set digital production and relates traditional film production and editing processes to those of digital techniques. Various filmmakers discuss their use of digital techniques to enhance the creative process in the "Industry Viewpoints" sections in each chapter .
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These filmmaking books let you get stuck in. Here are a number of hands-on guides that are a bit more how-to than some of the other books in mentioned in this article. The writers have all been-there-and-done-that and speak from direct experience. Enjoy these how-to guides that are some of the best filmmaking books out there!
The 20th anniversary edition of one of the most popular, authoritative, and useful books on screenwriting. A standard by which other screenwriting books are measured, it has sold over 200,000 copies in its twenty-year life. Always up-to-date and reliable, it contains everything that both the budding and working screenwriter need under one cover five books in one!
Of course, this very site has plenty of resources on business from a video production company perspective. But here are some great filmmaking books on business, money and financing, especially from a film financing and distribution perspective.
If you've been bitten by the filmmaking bug—even if you don't have a background in video or access to fancy equipment—Digital Filmmaking For Kids makes it easy to get up and running with digital filmmaking! This fun and friendly guide walks you through a ton of cool projects that introduce you to all stages of filmmaking. Packed with full-color photos, easy-to-follow instruction, and simple examples, it shows you how to write a script, create a storyboard, pick a set, light a scene, master top-quality sound, frame and shoot, edit, add special effects, and share your finished product with friends or a global audience.
The first edition was written in 1984. Then, as media evolved from analog to digital, from major studios to the desktop, this book evolved along with it. It strikes a difficult balance between providing practical advice on current gear, yet avoiding become too dated too quickly.
"Seminal."--The New York Times "Gold-standard technical reference book for filmmakers."--Boston Globe "The bible--updated."--The Independent "This is an essential book."--Self-Reliant Filmmaking "A good mentor provides a sounding-board and guidance as you struggle to solve a problem and enables you to become a better filmmaker. This book is a mentor you can count on for thoughtful advice from someone who's "been there and done that." Creating a book that is comprehensive, readable and useful - that takes a gift. Don't let the size intimidate you - The Filmmaker's Handbook is worth adding to your bookshelf. Very nice work!"--Larry Jordan, Award-winning Producer, director and trainer "You need this book. Billed as the authoritative guide to filmmaking from fundraising to distribution, the book achieves this in clear, accessible language using current up-to-date information. It's easy to see why this has become a standard text in many film schools. A gilt-edged investment for aspiring and beginning filmmakers and it would not be out of place in the libraries of experienced professionals either."--James MacGregor, Netribution.co.uk "This edition of the book is awesome. I don't know how you managed it. Such a mass of information so expertly organized and so clearly presented! Amazing."--Alfred Guzzetti, Professor, Harvard University "Anyone who is serious about learning the language and techniques of this art, whether amateur or professional, must have this comprehensive reference."--Bookviews "Speaking as a member of the 'figure it out yourself' camp, I consider most 'technical' reference books to be nothing more than leisure reading. This one is worth its salt. Every page is relevant and fascinating. When I find a chapter that refers to something we've done, I realize that every mistake we made was covered, if only we'd thought to read up beforehand."--Genericfilms.com "I was thrilled to find your book, which is a gem. No matter what corner of the subject I poked into, looking for cogent explanations, the Handbook passed with flying colors. So please accept my admiration, appreciation and thanks."--Pat Jackson, Associate Professor, San Francisco State University; Emmy-winning Supervising Sound Editor The updated 2020 edition of The Filmmaker's Handbook uncovers the secrets to success in modern movie-making with insights into HD and digital formats. Whether you are a novice or a professional, this comprehensive guide guarantees takeaways for everyone.--The Straits Times 2b1af7f3a8