Making the Movie Blog Book Reviews

As someone who enjoys reading books almost as much as seeing films, I’ve found books about filmmaking to be enormously valuable. While I understand that some folks find it easier to learn from lectures in a classroom, the cost of classes are often way more expensive and time-consuming than just picking up a book and really studying it. What a good class should offer is hands-on experience. The cheap alternative is to buy a textbook or guide book and give yourself the hands-on experience.

To that end, this site reviews books with the hands-on filmmaker in mind. Will this or that book help make you a better filmmaker? Read on…

Filmmaking Overall
Rebel without a Crew by Robert Rodriguez
The Power Filmmaking Kit: Make Your Professional Movie on a Next-to-Nothing Budget by Jason J. Tomaric
The Shut Up & Shoot Documentary Guide by Anthony Q. Artis
The DV Rebel’s Guide: An All-Digital Approach to Making Killer Action Movies on the Cheap by Stu Maschwitz
The Filmmaker’s Handbook by Steven Ascher and Edward Pincus
Independent Feature Film Production by Gregory Goodell
Hollywood Economics: How Extreme Uncertainty Shapes the Film Industry by Arthur De Vany
The Independent Film Producer’s Survival Guide (Third Edition)
Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics (5th Edition)
FilmCraft: Directing by Mike Goodridge

Filmmakers and Financing: Business Plans for Independents (6th Ed.) by Louise Levison
Sound Design by David Sonnenschein
From Reel to Deal by Dov S-S Simens
Hollywood Dealmaking (2nd Ed.) by Dina Appleton and Daniel Yankelevits
FilmCraft: Screenwriting by Tim Grierson
A Quick Guide to Screenwriting by Ray Morton

Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics (5th Ed.) by Michael Rabiger and Mick Hurbis-Cherrier
The Camera Assistant’s Manual (4th Ed.) by David E. Elkins
FilmCraft: Cinematography by Mike Goodridge & Tim Grierson

Make the Cut: A Guide to Becoming a Successful Assistant Editor in Film and TV
Audio Postproduction for Digital Video by Jay Rose
The Insider’s Guide to Independent Film Distribution by Stacey Parks
The Business of Media Distribution: Monetizing Film, TV and Video Content in an Online World
FilmCraft: Editing by Justin Chang

Film History / Misc / Fun
Four Word Film Reviews
Warning Shadows: Home Alone with Classic Cinema by Gary Giddins
Linked: How Everything is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbably (2nd Ed.)
The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires
The Hammer Vault by Marcus Hearn
Tales from Development Hell (Revised and Updated Edition) by David Hughes

If you would like to submit a book for review, please contact makingthemovie AT-SIGN gmail DOT com with the subject line “Request for Review”.