Best Movie Direction & Production Books

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1. The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company

Author: by Robert Iger
Random House
272 pages

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A memoir of leadership and success: The executive chairman of Disney, Time’s 2019 businessperson of the year, shares the ideas and values he embraced during his fifteen years as CEO while reinventing one of the world’s most beloved companies and inspiring the people who bring the magic to life.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPRRobert Iger became CEO of The Walt Disney Company in 2005, during a difficult time. Competition was more intense than ever and technology was changing faster than at any time in the company’s history.

His vision came down to three clear ideas: Recommit to the concept that quality matters, embrace technology instead of fighting it, and think biggerthink globaland turn Disney into a stronger brand in international markets. Today, Disney is the largest, most admired media company in the world, counting Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and 21st Century Fox among its properties.

Its value is nearly five times what it was when Iger took over, and he is recognized as one of the most innovative and successful CEOs of our era. In The Ride of a Lifetime, Robert Iger shares the lessons he learned while running Disney and leading its 220,000-plus employees, and he explores the principles that are necessary for true leadership, including: Optimism.

2. Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Guide to Hogwarts

Author: by Matthew Reinhart
Insight Editions

5 pages

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A 3-D masterpiece celebrating Harry Potter’s Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from New York Times best-selling pop-up engineer Matthew Reinhart. Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Guide to Hogwarts is an exhilarating, interactive guide to the iconic school of witchcraft and wizardry.

This book features spectacular pop-up re-creations of key locations inside and outside Hogwarts castle, and it opens flat to form a pop-up map of the castle and its groundsincluding the Quidditch pitch, the Forbidden Forest, and beyond. In addition to large pops on each spread, numerous mini-pops bring to life beloved elements from the Harry Potter films, such as the Marauder’s Map and the Flying Ford Anglia.

Each pop includes insightful text about Hogwarts as seen in the films, making for a must-have collectible for fans of the wizarding world. NOTE: Before unfolding the Hogwarts map, unhook the two manila tabs on each spread by gently pushing them out from underneath.

There are eight tabs in total to release.

3. Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

Author: by Ed Catmull
Random House
368 pages

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From a co-founder of Pixar Animation Studiosthe Academy Awardwinning studio behind Coco, Inside Out, and Toy Storycomes an incisive book about creativity in business and leadership for readers of Daniel Pink, Tom Peters, and Chip and Dan Heath. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER | NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Huffington Post Financial Times Success Inc.

Library JournalCreativity, Inc. Is a manual for anyone who strives for originality and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animationinto the meetings, postmortems, and Braintrust sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made.

It is, at heart, a book about creativitybut it is also, as Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull writes, an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible. For nearly twenty years, Pixar has dominated the world of animation, producing such beloved films as the Toy Story trilogy, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Up, WALL-E, and Inside Out, which have gone on to set box-office records and garner thirty Academy Awards.

4. The Star Wars Archives. 1977–1983. 40th Ed.

Author: by Paul Duncan
512 pages

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Star Wars exploded onto our cinema screens in 1977, and the world has not been the same since. After watching depressing and cynical movies throughout the early 1970s, audiences enthusiastically embraced the positive energy of the Star Wars galaxy as they followed moisture farmer Luke Skywalker on his journey through a galaxy far, far away, meeting extraordinary characters like mysterious hermit Obi-Wan Kenobi, space pirates Han Solo and Chewbacca, loyal droids C-3PO and R2-D2, bold Princess Leia Organa and the horrific Darth Vader, servant of the dark, malevolent Emperor.

Writer, director, and producer George Lucas created the modern monomyth of our time, one that resonates with the child in us all. He formed Industrial Light & Magic to develop cutting-edge special effects technology, which he combined with innovative editing techniques and a heightened sense of sound to give audiences a unique sensory cinematic experience.

In this first volume, made with the full cooperation of Lucasfilm, Lucas narrates his own story, taking us through the making of the original trilogyEpisode IV A New Hope, Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, and Episode VI Return of the Jediand bringing fresh insights into the creation of a unique universe.

5. The Devil's Candy: The Anatomy Of A Hollywood Fiasco

Author: by Julie Salamon
Da Capo Press
448 pages

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“A definitive portrait of the madness of big-time moviemaking” (Newsweek), now the basis for the new season of TCM’s hit podcast, “The Plot Thickens”When Brian De Palma agreed to allow Julie Salamon unlimited access to the film production of Tom Wolfe’s best-selling book The Bonfire of the Vanities, both director and journalist must have felt like they were on to something big.How could it lose?

But instead Salamon got a front-row seat at the Hollywood disaster of the decade. She shadowed the film from its early stages through the last of the eviscerating reviews, and met everyone from the actors to the technicians to the studio executives.

They’d all signed on for a blockbuster, but there was a sense of impending doom from the start-heart-of-gold characters replaced Wolfe’s satiric creations; affable Tom Hanks was cast as the patrician heel; Melanie Griffith appeared mid-shoot with new, bigger breasts.

With a keen eye and ear, Salamon shows us how the best of intentions turned into a legendary Hollywood debacle. The Devil’s Candy joins John Gregory Dunne’s The Studio, Steven Bach’s Final Cut, and William Goldman’s Adventures in the Screen Trade as a classic for anyone interested in the workings of Hollywood.

6. Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting

Author: by Syd Field

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Hollywood’s script guru teaches you how to write a screenplay in “the ‘bible’ of screenwriting” (The New York Times)now celebrating forty years of screenwriting success! Syd Field’s books on the essential structure of emotionally satisfying screenplays have ignited lucrative careers in film and television since 1979.

In this revised edition of his premiere guide, the underpinnings of successful onscreen narratives are revealed in clear and encouraging language that will remain wise and practical as long as audiences watch stories unfold visuallyfrom hand-held devices to IMAX to virtual reality …

And whatever comes next. As the first person to articulate common structural elements unique to successful movies, celebrated producer, lecturer, teacher and bestselling author Syd Field has gifted us a classic text. From concept to character, from opening scene to finished script, here are fundamental guidelines to help all screenwritersnovices and Oscar-winnershone their craft and sell their work.

7. Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Guide to Diagon Alley and Beyond

Author: by Matthew Reinhart
10 pages

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Journey into the Wizarding World once more with this stunning new masterpiece from New York Times best-selling paper engineer Matthew Reinhart. This exhilarating pop-up book invites you to relive the movie adventures of Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, and the Boy Who LivedHarry Potteras you explore London’s magical Diagon Alley like never before.

Inside, gorgeously intricate pop-up spreads render fan-favorite Diagon Alley establishments such as Ollivanders, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, and the Leaky Cauldron, plus other locales like the Ministry of Magic and platform nine and three-quarters. Pull tabs allow fans to command the actionrescue a Ukrainian Ironbelly dragon from the depths of Gringotts, or help Harry navigate out of Knockturn Alley after a Floo powder mishap.

Alongside each pop, discover facts and insights from the making of the Harry Potter films. Plus, the book opens into a displayable 3D diorama of all the pop-ups at once. Packed with amazing moments and hidden surprises, Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Guide to Diagon Alley and Beyond is a landmark new pop-up book guaranteed to impress Harry Potter fans everywhere.

8. The Twelve Lives of Alfred Hitchcock: An Anatomy of the Master of Suspense

Author: by Edward White
400 pages

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A fresh, innovative biography of the twentieth century’s most iconic filmmaker. In The Twelve Lives of Alfred Hitchcock, Edward White explores the Hitchcock phenomenonwhat defines it, how it was invented, what it reveals about the man at its core, and how its legacy continues to shape our cultural world.

The book’s twelve chapters illuminate different aspects of Hitchcock’s life and work: The Boy Who Couldn’t Grow Up; The Murderer; The Auteur; The Womanizer; The Fat Man; The Dandy; The Family Man; The Voyeur; The Entertainer; The Pioneer; The Londoner; The Man of God.

Each of these angles reveals something fundamental about the man he was and the mythological creature he has become, presenting not just the life Hitchcock lived but also the various versions of himself that he projected, and those projected on his behalf.

From Hitchcock’s early work in England to his most celebrated films, White astutely analyzes Hitchcock’s oeuvre and provides new interpretations. He also delves into Hitchcock’s ideas about gender; his complicated relationships with his womennot only Grace Kelly and Tippi Hedren but also his female audiencesas well as leading men such as Cary Grant, and writes movingly of Hitchcock’s devotion to his wife and lifelong companion, Alma, who made vital contributions to numerous classic Hitchcock films, and burnished his mythology.

9. In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing, 2nd Edition

Author: by Walter Murch
Silman-James Press
146 pages

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In the Blink of an Eye is celebrated film editor Walter Murch’s vivid, multifaceted, thought – provoking essay on film editing. Starting with what might be the most basic editing question – Why do cuts work? Murch treats the reader to a wonderful ride through the aesthetics and practical concerns of cutting film.

Along the way, he offers his unique insights on such subjects as continuity and discontinuity in editing, dreaming, and reality; criteria for a good cut; the blink of the eye as an emotional cue; digital editing; and much more. In this second edition, Murch reconsiders and completely revises his popular first edition’s lengthy meditation on digital editing (which accounts for a third of the book’s pages) in light of the technological changes that have taken place in the six years since its publication.

10. The Wes Anderson Collection

Author: by Matt Zoller Seitz
Abrams Books
336 pages

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This New York Times bestselling overview of Wes Anderson’s filmography features previously unpublished behind-the-scenes photos, artwork, and ephemera, with an introduction by Michael Chabon. Writer/director Wes Anderson guides movie/television critic Matt Zoller Seitz through Anderson’s life and career in a hardcover book-length conversation, woven together with original illustrations and production images from Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Moonrise Kingdom.

The result is a meticulously designed book that captures and reflects the spirit of Wes Anderson’s movies: melancholy, playful, wise, and wonderfully unique. Also available from Matt Zoller Seitz: The Oliver Stone Experience, The Wes Anderson Collection: Bad Dads, The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Mad Men Carousel.

11. This Was Hollywood: Forgotten Stars and Stories (Turner Classic Movies)

Author: by Carla Valderrama
240 pages


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In this one-of-a-kind Hollywood history, the creator of Instagram’s celebrated @ThisWasHollywood reveals the forgotten past of the film world in a dazzling visual package modeled on the classic fan magazines of yesteryear. From former screen legends who have faded into obscurity to new revelations about the biggest movie stars, Valderrama unearths the most fascinating little-known tales from the birth of Hollywood through its Golden Age.

The shocking fate of the world’s first movie star. Clark Gable’s secret love child. The film that nearly ended Paul Newman’s career. A former child star who, at ninety-three, reveals her #metoo story for the first time. Valderrama unfolds these stories, and many more, in a volume that is by turns riveting, maddening, hilarious, and shocking.

Drawing on new interviews, archival research, and an exhaustive library of photographs, This Was Hollywood is a compelling and visually stunning catalogue of the lost history of the movies.

12. LIFE Lucille Ball: Her Life, Love and Legacy

Author: by The Editors of LIFE
LIFE (May 21, 2021)
96 pages

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She was capricious, outspoken, madcap, and never embarrassed. And we loved her for it. Thirty years after the death of one of TV’s legends, LIFE remembers the life and career of Lucille Ball, the hilarious comic actress whose iconic sitcom, I Love Lucy (which she created and starred in with her real-life husband, Desi Arnaz) was so popular that the episode featuring the birth of their characters’ son, Little Ricky, attracted more viewers than the inauguration of President Dwight Eisenhower.

A Hollywood giant who blazed a trail for women in front of and behind the camera, Ball was the first female to run a major television production studio, and she green-lighted such classic broadcasts as Star Trek and Mission Impossible.

A former showgirl on Broadway stage, Ball was known as one of the hardest-working actresses in Tinseltown before conquering radio and then TV. With her unique brand of fearless, physical comedy, she paved the way for funny folks like Mary Tyler Moore, Penny Marshall, and Robin Williams.

13. Directing Actors – 25th Anniversary Edition: Creating Memorable Performances for Film and Television

Author: by Judith Weston
Michael Wiese Productions
380 pages

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Collaborating with actors is, for many filmmakers, the last frontierthe scariest part and the part they long forthe human part, the place where connection happens. Directing Actors: 25th Anniversary Edition covers the challenges of the actor-director relationshipthe pitfalls of result direction; breaking down a script; how to prepare for casting sessions; when, how and whether to rehearsebut with updated references, expanded ideas, more detailed chapters on rehearsal and script analysis (using a scene from The Matrix)and a whole new chapter on directing children.

For twenty-five years the industry standard for instilling confidence in filmmakers, Directing Actors perseveres in its missionto bring directors, actors and writers deeper into the exhilarating task of creating characters the world will not forget.

14. Smoke and Mirrors: Special Visual Effects B.C. (Before Computers)

Author: by Mark D. Wolf
272 pages

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Visit the realms of The Twilight Zone, journey to The Outer Limits and boldly go on a Star Trek! Read how motion picture and TV special effects were created before computers! From Lon Chaney to Ray Harryhausen, from Georges Melies to George Lucas, meet the multi-talented magiciansmany of whom never received screen recognitionwho invented ways to conjure up ferocious dinosaurs battling a giant ape in King Kong or the catastrophic natural disasters in Earthquake.

They brought people uncomfortably close to Boris Karloff’s Frankenstein and the fanciful, beloved Wizard of Oz. During WWII they gave home audiences a taste of distant warfare without risking any actors and in the 1950s they introduced us to destructive invaders from other worlds – without a real national landmark being destroyed.

Dozens of rare, unpublished behind-the-scenes photos from classic films and obscure productions reveal the best kept secret tricks of the trade: miniatures, matte paintings, makeup effects, special props, mechanicals, animatronics, stop-motion and more.