Best Movie Reference Books

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1. The Animator's Survival Kit: A Manual of Methods, Principles and Formulas for Classical, Computer, Games, Stop Motion and Internet Animators (FARRAR, STRAUS)

Author: by Richard Williams
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
392 pages

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The definitive book on animation, from the Academy Award-winning animator behind Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Animation is one of the hottest areas of filmmaking today-and the master animator who bridges the old generation and the new is Richard Williams. During his fifty years in the business, Williams has been one of the true innovators, winning three Academy Awards and serving as the link between Disney’s golden age of animation by hand and the new computer animation exemplified by Toy Story.

Perhaps even more important, though, has been his dedication in passing along his knowledge to a new generation of animators so that they in turn could push the medium in new directions. In this book, based on his sold-out master classes in the United States and across Europe, Williams provides the underlying principles of animation that every animator-from beginner to expert, classic animator to computer animation whiz -needs.

Urging his readers to “invent but be believable,” he illustrates his points with hundreds of drawings, distilling the secrets of the masters into a working system in order to create a book that will become the standard work on all forms of animation for professionals, students, and fans.

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

Author: by David Trottier
Silman-James Press
450 pages

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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.

3. The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

Author: by Stephen J. Sansweet
Del Rey
1224 pages

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The definitive, lavishly illustrated reference guide to the universe of the first six films! This comprehensive boxed set of three hefty volumes covers every aspect of Star Wars, from the original six movies to The Clone Wars, radio dramas, comics, novels, cartoons, short stories, and video games.

With a treasure trove of information on more than thirty years of Star Warsand a millennia in the galaxy far, far awaythis is the must-have centerpiece for every Star Wars library. Abundantly illustrated with full-color artwork and photos, and now in a new three-volume edition to accommodate its wealth of detailed entries, the Star Wars Encyclopedia encompasses the full measure of George Lucas’s creation.

Here’s just a sampling of what’s inside: character portraits of both the renowned (Luke Skywalker, Queen Amidala, Darth Vader) and the obscure (Tnun Bdu, Tycho Celchu, Bib Fortuna) the natives and customs of planets as diverse as Tatooine and Hoth, Dagobah and Kashyyyk the rituals, secrets, and traditions of Jedi Knights and Sith Lords a timeline of major events in Star Wars history, from the Clone Wars and the inception of the Empire to the rise and fall of Anakin Skywalker and the invasion of the monstrous Yuuzhan Vong Scrupulously researched and written by leading authorities Stephen J.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. Jaws: Memories from Martha's Vineyard: A Definitive Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Greatest Suspense Thriller of All Time

Author: by Matt Taylor
Titan Books
312 pages

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The filming of the blockbuster film Jaws is regarded as a landmark event in both the history of motion pictures and the quaint New England island of Martha’s Vineyard, where the geographic isolation necessitated the hiring of hundreds of locals to work as actors and laborers.

Among this virtual army of hometown participants were numerous professional and amateur photographers, each with full access to the production’s inner workings-for the first time ever this compiles their behind-the-scenes photographs and stories into a treasure trove of Jaws rarities.

Included are a foreword by director Steven Spielberg, interviews with production designer Joe Alves, screenwriter Carl Gottlieb, location casting director Shari Rhodes, and more, providing an unprecedented all-access pass to the creation of some of the most memorable and terrifying scenes in film history.

This unique compendium is the first to focus on the production’s local participants, telling their stories at last.

7. The Hollywood Standard – Third Edition: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style

Author: by Christopher Riley
Michael Wiese Productions
220 pages

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192 pages

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THIS IS ACTUALLY THE NEWEST 2019 EDITION (FIFTH) – the date above is wrong. The Filmmaker’s Handbook is the authoritative guide to producing, directing, shooting, editing, and distributing your video or film. Whether you aspire to be a great filmmaker or are looking for a gift, this comprehensive guide is the first step in turning a hobby into a career.

Widely acknowledged as the bible of video and film production, and used in courses around the world, The Filmmaker’s Handbook is now completely updated with the latest advances. For students and teachers, professionals and novices, this indispensable handbook covers all aspects of movie making.

Techniques for making dramatic features, documentaries, and short videos and films. Shooting with DSLRs, video, film, and digital cinema cameras. In-depth coverage of lenses, lighting, sound recording, editing, and mixing. Understanding HDR, RAW, Log, 4K, UHD, and other formats. Learning the business aspects of funding and producing your project.

10. Film Directing: Shot by Shot – 25th Anniversary Edition: Visualizing from Concept to Screen

Author: by Steve D. Katz
Michael Wiese Productions
400 pages

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Shot by Shot is the world’s go-to directing book, now newly updated for a special 25th Anniversary edition! The first edition sold over 250,000 copies, making it one of the bestselling books on film di-recting of all time. Aspiring directors, cinematographers, editors, and producers, many of whom are now working professionals, learned the craft of visual storytelling from Shot by Shot, the most com-plete source for preplanning the look of a movie.

The book contains over 800 photos and illustrations, and is by far the most comprehensive look at shot design in print, containing storyboards from movies such as Citizen Kane, Blade Runner, Dead-pool, and Moonrise Kingdom. Also introduced is the concept of A, I, and L patterns as a way to sim-plify the hundreds of staging choices facing a director in every scene.

Shot by Shot uniquely blends story analysis with compositional strategies, citing examples then il-lustrated with the storyboards used for the actual films. Throughout the book, various visual ap-proaches to short scenes are shown, exposing the directing processes of our most celebrated au-teurs including a meticulous, lavishly illustrated analysis of Steven Spielberg’s scene design for Empire of the Sun.

11. MI6 Spy Skills for Civilians: A former British agent reveals how to live like a spy – smarter, sneakier and ready for anything

Author: by Red Riley
224 pages

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JAMES BOND IS THE FANTASY.HERE’S THE REALITY. Written by a former SAS officer and MI6 operative for Her Majesty’s Secret Service- Details more than 100 skills, tips and techniques employed by spies to get the job done- Packed with fascinating information about real-world spies and their cinematic counterparts- Foreword written by a director of the James Bond film franchiseMI6 Spy Skills for Civilians shows you how to master the skills of a British agent in order to protect yourself and others, be sneakier and handle any situation – even if it involves escaping from a hostile foreign country.

Inside you’ll find dozens of real secret agent skills and tips detailed and explained, often with helpful illustrations to clarify how they’re done. Sections covered include: Surveillance- Safe Travel Tips- Dead Letter Boxes- Brush Contacts- Self Defense- Innocuous and Natural Weapons- Intelligence Gathering- Subterfuge- Covert Methods of Entry- Insertion and Extraction Techniques – And much more!

12. The Movie Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained

Author: by DK
DK (January 5, 2016)
January 5, 2016

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Stand by for hours of blissful immersion in the world of film – the world’s “seventh art”. The Movie Book is your detailed guide to 100 seismic films, from Intolerance (1916) to the groundbreaking Boyhood (2014). Part of the Big Ideas series, The Movie Book is your perfect companion and reference with infographics to explain swift-moving plots and complicated relationships.

It shows The Godfather’s complicated web of family and associates, for example, and gives minute-by-minute plot lines to iconic movies such as Taxi Driver or Blade Runner. One film can influence another and this indispensable and crystal clear guide explains what inspired Quentin Tarantino to use a glowing briefcase in Pulp Fiction, for example, or how Jaws triggered decades of summer action blockbusters.

Liberally sprinkled with gorgeous stills, pithy quotes, and trivia detail, The Movie Book brings you new insights into your favorites and introduces you to little-known masterpieces from around the world. Series Overview: Big Ideas Simply Explained series uses creative design and innovative graphics along with straightforward and engaging writing to make complex subjects easier to understand.

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

Author: by Gale Research Inc
Gale Research Inc
2157 pages

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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.

14. When Dracula Met Frankenstein: My Years Making Drive-In Movies with Al Adamson

Author: by Sam Sherman
378 pages

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In 1968 two ambitious young filmmakers, working on a shoestring, made a movie about a ruthless motorcycle gang. Titled Satan’s Sadists, it became the initial release of their new company, Independent-International Pictures, and was wildly successful. Over the next two decades Sam Sherman and Al Adamson collaborated on a succession of low-budget films that attracted moviegoers to drive-ins and urban hardtop theaters alike.

They exploited all the hot trendshorror, sci-fi, biker films, martial arts, sexploitation, blaxploitationand marketed their product with dynamic, occasionally lurid campaigns. IIP used limited resources wisely and cast its films with a mix of talented young performers and former stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Along the way Sam and Al encountered many of the industry’s most colorful characters, both behind and in front of the camera. Today, many of IIP’s filmsincluding Satan’s Sadists, Naughty Stewardesses, Cinderella 2000, Brain of Blood, Girls for Rent, Psycho a Go-Go, Horror of the Blood Monsters, and of course Dracula vs.

15. Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia

Author: by Adam Bray
200 pages

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Covering more than 2,500 characters, creatures, planets, vehicles, Droids, weapons, technology, and more from the Star Wars universe, this visual tour is the ultimate compendium for the epic saga and beyond. Take a stunning visual tour of Star Wars with DK’s comprehensive pictorial guide to the galaxy far, far away!

From lightsabers to beasts to food and clothing, Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia is a virtual museum in a book. Explore beautiful galleries with more than 2,500 images, and discover facts about Star Wars culture, science, and geography. With a full history of the galactic politics, the Jedi Council, and the Empire, Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia walks fans through the entire timeline of Star Wars.

See the blasters of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, look at the stormtroopers of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and study the geography of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Each section of the book focuses on different topics to dedicate special attention and detail to every part of the universe, no matter how small.