Best Film & Television Books

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1. The Screenwriter's Bible, 7th Edition, A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script

Author: by David Trottier
Published at: Silman-James Press; 7th edition (August 30, 2019)
ISBN: 978-1935247210

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The Screenwriter s Bible’s 7th edition marks the 25th anniversary 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 340,000 copies in its 25-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! A Screenwriting Primer that provides a concise course in screenwriting basicsA Screenwriting Workbook that walks you through the complete writing process, from nascent ideas through final revisionsA Formatting Guide that thoroughly covers today’s correct formats for screenplays and TV scriptsA Spec Writing Guide that demonstrates today’s spec style through sample scenes and analysis, with an emphasis on grabbing the reader’s interest in the first ten pagesA Sales and Marketing Guide that presents proven strategies to help you create a laser-sharp marketing plan.

Among this book’s wealth of practical information are sample query letters, useful worksheets and checklists, hundreds of examples, sample scenes, and straightforward explanations of screenwriting fundamentals. The 7th edition is chock-full of new examples, the latest practices, and new material on non-traditional screenplay outlets.


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

Author: by Walter Murch
Published at: Silman-James Press; 2nd edition (August 1, 2001)
ISBN: 978-1879505629

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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.


3. VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever 2021: The Complete Guide to Movies on VHS, DVD, and Hi-Def Formats

Author: by Gale Research Inc
Published at: Gale Research Inc; 2021st edition (November 27, 2020)
ISBN: 978-0028676982

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Containing the most extensive listing of movies available on home video and DVD – more than 29,000 in all – and a multitude of cross-referencing within its seven primary indexes and two guides, each new edition includes 1,000 new movies, expanded indexing, a fresh new introduction and more of the beloved categories.


4. Looking at Movies (Sixth Edition)

Author: by Dave Monahan
Published at: W. W. Norton & Company; Sixth edition (December 1, 2018)
ISBN: 978-0393674699

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Students love watching movies. Help them understand why. Building on students’ enthusiasm for movies, this text is more successful than any other at motivating students to understand and analyze film. In the new Sixth Edition, author Dave Monahan has thoroughly revised the book for clarity and currency, while adding new interactive learning tools to support student learning.

The best book and media package for introductory film just got better.


5. The Animator's Survival Kit, Expanded Edition: A Manual of Methods, Principles and Formulas for Classical, Computer, Games, Stop Motion and Internet Animators

Author: by Richard E. Williams

Published at: Faber & Faber; 3rd edition (November 5, 2009)
ISBN: 978-0571238347

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Animation is one of the hottest and most creative areas of film-making today . During his more than 40 years in the business, Richard Williams has been one of the true innovators, and serves as the link between the golden age of animation by hand and the new computer animation successes.

In this book, based on his sold-out Animation Masterclass in the United States and across Europe, Williams provides the underlying principles of animation that very animator – from beginner to expert, classic animator to computer animation whiz – needs. Using hundreds of drawings, Williams distills the secrets of the masters into a working system in order to create a book that has become the standard work on all forms of animation for professionals, students and fans.

This new expanded edition includes more on animal action, invention and realism with sophisticated animation examples


6. The Screenwriter's Workout: Screenwriting Exercises and Activities to Stretch Your Creativity, Enhance Your Script, Strengthen Your Craft and Sell Your Screenplay

Author: by Will Hicks
Published at:
Independently published (February 24, 2019)
ISBN: 978-1793197313

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Flex your screenwriting skills and stretch your creativity with The Screenwriter’s Workout! The Screenwriter’s Workout is a complete training program for your mind – with over 75 exercises and hundreds of activities specifically designed for both new and experienced screenwriters to train the neural pathways that generate story.

Have Fun While You:Design Dynamic Characters – New character creation tools make it easy to create characters designed to fit seamlessly with your script. Explore Structure – Delve inside structure to learn what it does, what it really is, and why you need it.

Create Stories – Explore the art, science and craft of cinematic narrative with story-building tools, lessons and theories specifically designed to enhance your storytelling skills. Redefine Conflict – Learn what conflict actually is and what it does to an audience.

Analyze Your Work – Save time and effort with rewriting tools to analyze the design of your screenplay. Craft Compelling Loglines – Learn how to write powerful loglines designed to help your screenplay sell. Discover Interactive Screenwriting – Learn the techniques and theories behind writing screenplays that engage and interact with audiences.


7. The Complete Film Production Handbook, Fourth Edition (American Film Market Presents)

Author: by Eve Light Honthaner
Published at: Focal Press; 4th edition (March 26, 2010)
ISBN: 978-0240811505

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This book is for working film/TV professionals and students alike. If you’re a line producer, production manager, production supervisor, assistant director or production coordinator-the book has everything you’ll need (including all the forms, contracts, releases and checklists) to set up and run a production-from finding a production office to turning over delivery elements.

Even if you know what you’re doing, you will be thrilled to find everything you need in one place. If you’re not already working in film production, but think you’d like to be, read the book – and then decide.

If you choose to pursue this career path, you’ll know what to expect, you’ll be prepared, and you’ll be ten steps ahead of everyone else just starting out. New topics and information in the fourth edition include:* Low-budget independent films, including documentaries and shorts* Information specific to television production and commercials* The industry’s commitment to go green and how to do it* Coverage of new travel and shipping regulations* Updated information on scheduling, budgeting, deal memos, music clearances, communications, digital production, and new forms throughout* This guide to production management is on every producer’s shelf and will save you time, money, and hassles* Hundreds of forms, contracts, and checklists available to print and use on your production* New edition is fully updated with information about low-budget productions and much more!


8. The Hollywood Standard: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style (Hollywood Standard: The Complete & Authoritative Guide to)

Author: by Christopher Riley
Published at: Michael Wiese Productions; 2nd edition (August 1, 2009)
ISBN: 978-1932907636

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The Hollywood Standard describes in clear, vivid prose and hundreds of examples how to format every element of a screenplay or television script. A reference for everyone who writes for the screen, from the novice to the veteran, this is the dictionary of script format, with instructions for formatting everything from the simplest master scene heading to the most complex and challenging musical underwater dream sequence.

This new edition includes a quick start guide, plus new chapters on avoiding a dozen deadly formatting mistakes, clarifying the difference between a spec script and production script, and mastering the vital art of proofreading. For the first time, readers will find instructions for formatting instant messages, text messages, email exchanges and caller ID.


9. Directing the Story: Professional Storytelling and Storyboarding Techniques for Live Action and Animation

Author: by Francis Glebas
Published at: Focal Press; 1st edition (October 23, 2008)
ISBN: 978-0240810768

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Francis Glebas, a top Disney storyboard artist, teaches artists a structural approach to clearly and dramatically presenting visual stories. They will learn classic visual storytelling techniques such as conveying meaning with images and directing the viewer’s eye. Glebas also teaches how to spot potential problems before they cost time and money, and he offers creative solutions on how to solve them.

Uses the classic story of ‘1001 Arabian Nights’ to show how to storyboard stories that will engage an audience’s attention and emotions. With 1001 drawings in graphic novel format plus teaching concepts and commentary. All of the storyboarding examples have a real project context rather to engage a very visual audience on their own terms and teaches through demonstration.

10. Color Theory for the Makeup Artist: Understanding Color and Light for Beauty and Special Effects

Author: by Katie Middleton
Published at: Routledge; 1st edition (May 29, 2018)
ISBN: 978-1138095250

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Color Theory for the Make-up Artist: Understanding Color and Light for Beauty and Special Effects analyzes and explains traditional color theory for fine artists and shows how to apply it directly toward make-up applications Make-up artists control color the same way a painter does.

They choose color palettes, match colors, blend new colors, and create designs on a canvas that is always changing. Some colors cancel others, some balance each other, and some oppose other colors. However, painters seldom have to consider inconsistencies in how their art will be lit and where it will be displayed the way that a make-up artists does.

This book teaches how to mix any color using just red, yellow, blue, and white. It discusses the reason for variations in skin colors and undertones, and how to identify and match these using make-up, while choosing flattering colors for the eyes, lips, and cheeks.

Colors found inside the body are explained for special effects make-up, like why we bruise, bleed, or appear sick, and ideas and techniques are also described for painting prosthetics. The book also explains how lighting affects color on film, television, theater, and photography sets, and how to properly light a workspace for successful applications.

11. A History of Narrative Film

Author: by David A. Cook
Published at: W. W. Norton & Company; Fifth edition (February 1, 2016)
ISBN: 978-0393920093

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A trusted reference, a popular teaching text, and a well-written history is now bolder, briefer, and better than ever. Sophisticated in its analytical content, current in its coverage, and informed throughout by fascinating historical and cultural contexts, A History of Narrative Film is one of the most respected and widely read texts in film studies.

This Fifth Edition features a new chapter on twenty-first century film, and includes refreshed coverage of contemporary digital production, distribution, and consumption of film. Now 20% shorter, with new four-color design and an updated art program, A History of Narrative Film is also the only film history text available as an ebook.

12. The Business of Television

Author: by Ken Basin
Published at: Routledge; 1st edition (July 13, 2018)
ISBN: 978-0815368663

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In this book, esteemed television executive and Harvard lecturer Ken Basin offers a comprehensive overview of the business, financial, and legal structure of the U.S. Television industry, as well as its dealmaking norms. Written for working or aspiring creative professionals who want to better understand the entertainment industry as well as for executives, agents, managers, and lawyers looking for a reference guide The Business of Television presents a readable, in depth introduction to rights and talent negotiations, intellectual property, backend deals, licensing, streaming platforms, international production, and much more.

The book also includes breakdowns after each chapter summarizing deal points and points of negotiation, a glossary, a list of referenced cases, and a wealth of real world examples to help readers put the material into context.

13. Staging Sex: Best Practices, Tools, and Techniques for Theatrical Intimacy

Author: by Chelsea Pace
Published at: Routledge; 1st edition (March 4, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1138596498

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Staging Sex lays out a comprehensive, practical solution for staging intimacy, nudity, and sexual violence. This book takes theatre practitioners step-by-step through the best practices, tools, and techniques for crafting effective theatrical intimacy. After an overview of the challenges directors face when staging theatrical intimacy, Staging Sex offers practical solutions and exercises, provides a system for establishing and discussing boundaries, and suggests efficient and effective language for staging intimacy and sexual violence.

It also addresses production and classroom specific concerns and provides guidance for creating a culture of consent in any company or department. Written for directors, choreographers, movement coaches, stage managers, production managers, professional actors, and students of acting courses, Staging Sex is an essential tool for theatre practitioners who encounter theatrical intimacy or instructional touch, whether in rehearsal or in the classroom.

14. Finish the Script!: A College Screenwriting Course in Book Form

Author: by Scott King
Published at: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; .001 edition (December 17, 2013)
ISBN: 978-1492820864

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Develop your creative voice while acquiring the practical skills and confidence to use it with this new and fully updated edition of Mick Hurbis-Cherrier’s filmmaking bible, Voice & Vision. Written for independent filmmakers and film students who want a solid grounding in the tools, techniques, and processes of narrative film, this comprehensive manual covers all of the essentials while keeping artistic vision front and center.

Hurbis-Cherrier walks the reader through every step of the processfrom the transformation of an idea into a cinematic story, to the intricacies of promotion and distributionand every detail in between. Features of this book include: Comprehensive technical information on video production and postproduction tools, allowing filmmakers to express themselves with any camera, in any format, and on any budget An emphasis on the collaborative filmmaking process, including the responsibilities and creative contributions of every principal member of the crew and cast A focus on learning to work successfully with available resources (time, equipment, budget, personnel, etc.