Filmmakers Reading List

The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook

Authors: Chris Jones & Genevieve Jolliffe

Why read: “Brand new edition of this bestseller – the only book an amateur film maker needs! An entirely new, updated, and expanded third edition of the UK’s best-selling filmmaker’s bible, last updated in 2000”.


Moviemakers’ Master Class: Private Lessons from the World’s Foremost Directors

Author: Laurent Tirard

Why read: “From Scorsese and Lynch to Wenders and Godard: interviews with twenty of the world’s greatest directors on how they make films – and why.”


Rebel Without A Crew

Author: Robert Rodriguez

Why read: “A cult classic amongst film students, Robert Rodriguez recounts how he sold his body to medical science (sort of) to make El Mariachi – the lowest budget movie to gross $1,000,000.”


Notes On The Cinematograph

Author: Robert Bresson

Why read: “Robert Bresson’s Notes on the Cinematographer are working memos which the great French director made for his own use. In all of them, Bresson reflects with a craftsman’s insight on techniques and their philosophical and aesthetic implications. Bresson makes some quite radical distinctions between what he terms “cinematography” and something quite different: “cinema” – which is for him nothing but an attempt to photograph theatre and use it for the screen.”


When The Shooting Stops, The Cutting Begins

Author: Ralph Rosenblum, Robert Karen

Why read: “The history and profession of the science and art of film editing in what is considered to be the definitive guide on the art of piecing a movie together after the cameras have been put away.”


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