The Language of Film
Robert Edgar-Hunt, John Marland and Steven Rawle
This brilliant book explores the means by which film communicates meaning to its audience. It will help you understand how films communicate by considering the stories they tell, the sign systems they deploy, the interpretive contexts the viewer is invited to place them in, and the range of aesthetic elements that contribute to the cinematic image. Each chapter concludes with a case study in which key ideas are seen in context within a particular film, or a specific scene. Softcover, 191 pp. $39.95.
Directing the Story
In Directing the Story, Francis Glebas offers a structural approach for clearly and dramatically presenting visual stories. With Francis's help you'll discover the professional storytelling techniques that have swept away generations of moviegoers and kept them coming back for more. You will also learn to spot potential problems before they cost you time and money, as well as the creative solutions to solve them. Best of all, Directing the Story practices what it preaches; Francis uses a graphic novel format to demonstrate the professional visual storytelling techniques you need to know. Softcover, 346 pp. $45.95.
Kazan on Directing
Responsible for revolutionizing theatre and film with dynamic action, poetic staging, and rigorous naturalism, Elia Kazan was the mid-twentieth century's most celebrated director. This remarkable book, drawn from his notebooks, letters, interviews, and autobiography, reveals Kazan's method: how he uncovered for himself the "spine" or core of each script and each character; how he analyzed each piece in terms of his own experience; how he determined the specifics of his production, from casting and costuming to set design and cinematography. Softcover, 341 pp. $22.00.
Directing Fiction: Basics Filmmaking
Offering an accessible introduction to the key elements of directing, such as script, casting, location, sound, and editing, the lessons taught in this book will help you to create artistically satisfying films of your own. This book also offers close analyses of classic movies to illustrate key concepts and provides exercises designed to test and build on your understanding of directing. Softcover, 184 pp. $35.95.
Film Directing Fundamentals
Nicholas T. Proferes
This practical guide gives the novice director an organic methodology for realizing on the screen the full dramatic possibility of a screenplay. Unique among directing books, this book provides clear-cut ways of translating a script to the screen. Using the script as a blueprint, the reader is led through specific techniques to analyze and translate its components into a visual story. A sample screenplay is included that explicates the techniques presented in the book. Film Directing Fundamentals assumes no prior knowledge and thus introduces basic concepts and terminology. Softcover, 309 pp. $41.95.
The Director's Craft
The Director's Craft is a unique and completely indispensible step-by-step guide to directing for the stage. Written by one of the most adventurous and respected directors working today, this book will be an indispensable item in every student and practitioner's kitbag. It will inspire everyone, from the beginner just starting out to the experienced practitioner looking to reinvigorate their practice. Softcover, 241 pp. $28.50.
Film School: How to Watch DVDs and Learn Everything About Filmmaking
Richard D. Pepperman
Richard D. Pepperman shows you how to save that $40,000 in tuition and learn the techniques that have inspired actors, cinematographers, directors, editors, production designers, and screenwriters. Here, in a single volume, is a rich and lively approach to acquire an effective film foundation. Whether you're a teacher, student, or professional, fire up your DVD player and marvel at the learning from Pepperman's great movie insights. Softcover, 228 pp. $29.95.
Digital Moviemaking 3.0
If you want another beginner's book about "how to make a movie," don't waste your time here. This totally revised and updated 3rd edition is geared to professionally minded film and videomakers who are stone-cold serious about their careers. Digital industry pioneer Scott Billups not only "talks the talk," but is out there on the cutting edge doing it first. Take his no-nonsense skinny and start producing results. Softcover, 216 pp. $28.95.
Jennfier Van Sijll
Dialog is one of the best known -- and obvious -- elements in a film. But
the language of cinema is more subtle and sophisticated than dialog
alone. From Metropolis to Kill Bill, this remarkable reference guide
of the most potent storytelling tools of the film medium. It demonstrates
how master screenwriters and directors depend on cinematic devices
to pump up action, create character, and energize a motion picture's
Storytelling is a unique and endlessly fascinating guide for filmmakers
and film fans alike.
Softcover, 257 pp. $34.95.
The Film Director Prepares
Myrl A. Schreibman
Director/Producer Myrl A. Schreibman takes you through the entire filmmaking process, from script analysis to post production. On the way, he gives advice on: how to work with and get the best performances out of your actors; how to develop and trust your storytelling instinct; how to create storyboards and shot-lists and then break your dependence on them; adapting to various television formats such as sitcom, episodic drama, and reality; how to create a cohesive on-set environment where you get the most out of every person on your creative team, and much more. Softcover, 238 pp. $27.95.
If it's Purple, Someone's Gonna Die: The Power of Color in Visual
This is a must-read book for all film students and others interested in
filmmaking. This enlightening book guides film professionals toward
making the right color selections for their films, and helps movie
buffs interpret why they feel the way they do while watching movies
that incorporate certain colors. Patti Bellatoni uses her research
and experience to demonstate how powerful colour can be and to increase
awareness of the colours around us and how they make us feel, act,
and react. Softcover, 243 pp. $47.95.
I'll Be In My Trailer: The Creative Wars Between Directors & Actors
John Badham & Craig Modderno
Remembering his own awkwardness and terror as a beginning director working
with actors who always had their own ideas, director John Badham (Saturday
Night Fever, WarGames, Stakeout, The
Shield) has a bookload of knowledge
to pass along in this inspired and insightful must-read for film fans
as well as actors and directors at all levels of their craft. Softcover,
219 pp. $35.95.
Reinventing Music Video: Next Generation Directors, Their Inspiration
Reinventing Music Video explores the new generation of music video directors
-- those who stand at the crossroads between the commercial and the experimental;
those who offer us a glimpse of the future of filmmaking. Inside is a
visual collage of stills, original treatments, and storyboards from the
videos. Softcover, 176 pp. $47.95.
A Practical Approach to Directing Actors in Film and Theatre
Changing Direction is a guide to directing actors based on the
author's years of experience in the classroom and on set, as well as in her highly
sought-out workshops in New York and Los Angeles. DeKoven covers everything from
script to character development, rehearsals, casting, and working with the camera.
Relevant to directors and actors of TV, film, and theatre, this book will help
you become a better, more effective director or actor. Softcover, 193 pp. $31.95.
The Working Director: How to Arrive, Thrive & Survive
in the Director's Chair
This book is not about where to put the camera. It's not about the great
masters of cinema. This book is about being hired to direct film
and television projects again and again. From that all-important
first phone call on through
prep, production and post, right up to getting your next and better
job, Charles Wilkinson tells you how to get the job, do it well,
and make the
friends who will hire you to do the job again.
Softcover, 186 pp. $32.95.
All you need to make a movie is an imagination, a borrowed video
camera, and a copy of this book. A must-have handbook for aspiring moviemakers
of any age, Girl Director will give you the know-how, as well as
the confidence to make your dream movie a reality.
Softcover, 122 pp. $24.95.
Filmmaking for Teens: Pulling Off Your Shorts
Troy Lanier & Clay Nichols
This funny and irreverent how-to guide takes young filmmakers from the moment
of inspiration to a finished short film and beyond. Young auteurs-in-training
learn everything they need to know to become the writer/producer/director of
their first short film. With tips and techniques on brainstorming, screenwriting,
scheduling, shooting, editing, and marketing, this comprehensive and accessible
guide will nurture and inspire a new generation of filmmakers. Softcover, 179
Dreams and Nightmares: Terry Gilliam, The Brothers Grimm, & other
Cautionary Tales of Hollywood
Dreams and Nightmares is Bob McCabe's eyewitness account of
Hollywood's movie-making practices -- reported from the set of Terry Gilliam's The
Brothers Grimm. McCabe sits in on confidential meetings, speaks to the
stars and stagehands, sees studio interference first-hand, and collects enough
tales of Tinseltown to make the toes curl before being forcibly ejected by studio
staff. Combining his own experiences with personal diaries and candid interviews
with Gilliam, Matt Damon and others, he reveals exactly why it is so hard to
get a movie made in today's Hollywood system. Hardcover, 296 pp. $39.95.
Setting Up Your Shots: Great Camera Moves Every Great Filmmaker Should Know
Jeremy Vineyard & Jose Cruz
Getting ready to shoot? Find the best shots to tell your story-fast! Using examples from over 300 popular films, this book provides examples of more than 150 camera setups, angles, and moves which every filmmaker must know. This best-selling book-with its famous wide screen format-is the "swiss army knife" that belongs in every filmmaker's tool kit. Softcover, 154
On Directing Film
Calling on his unique perspective as playwright, screenwriter, and director
of his own critically acclaimed movies, David Mamet illuminates how
a film comes to be. He looks at every aspect of directing -- from
script to cutting
room -- to show the many tasks directors undertake in reaching their
prime objective: presenting a story that will be understood by the
has the power to be both surprising and inevitable at the same time.
A marvelous creative statement. Softcover, 107 pp. $21.00.
Moviemakers' Master Class
Private Lessons From The World's Foremost Directors
In this fascinating collection of interviews, you will learn the methods
behind the madness of some of today's most important filmmakers. Tirard
talks to twenty-one directors including: Woody Allen, Pedro Almodovar,
Bernardo Bertolucci, Tim Burton, David Cronenberg, Jean-Luc Godard, David
Sydney Pollock, Martin Scorsese, Lars Von Trier, Wim Wenders, John Woo
and others. Softcover, 215 pp. $22.00.
Hollywood in Wide Angle: How Directors View Filmmaking
There are a lot of books on the market that collect the insights and reflections
of filmmakers, but there has never been one quite like this. For Hollywood
Wide Angle, more than thirty film directors were interviewed by Jack Rothman,
a social scientist who guaranteed that their responses would remain anonymous.
The result is a highly candid and totally uncensored insiders' look at the film
-- both on and off the set. Softcover, 198 pp. $37.95.
Film Directing Fundamentals
Nicholas F. Proferes
Film Directing Fundamentals gives the novice director an organic methodology
for realizing their story into a dynamic motion picture. Unique among directing
books, this book provides clear-cut ways for translating a script to the screen.
Using the a sample screenplay as a blueprint, the reader is led through specific
techniques to analyze and translate its components into a visual story. Softcover,
277 pp. $41.95.
This is the first book to fully integrate the technical aspects
of screen directing with practical methods for directing actors, thoroughly
exploring how these two primary aspects of the director's craft work
together. From a perspective that seeks to balance successful work
with actors and technically high-level production values, Total
Directing brings together a wealth of knowledge that any director
-- both amateur and professional -- will be able to benefit from. Softcover,
561 pp. $39.95.
Alexander Mackendrick: On Film-making
Edited by Paul Cronin
On Film-making is an invaluable analysis of the director's art and craft,
from one of the most revered of all film school instructors. Gathered and edited
in this collection, Mackendrick's teachings reveal that he had the talent not
only to make great films, but also to articulate the process with a clarity and
insight that will
still inspire any film-maker. Mackendrick directed The Man in the White Suit, The
Lady Killers as well as Sweet Smell of Success. Hardcover, 293 pp.
Film Directing: Cinematic Motion
Steven D. Katz
Cinematic Motion has helped directors create a personal camera style and
master complex staging challenges for over a decade. In response to the opportunities
offered by digital technology, this second edition adds essential chapters on
digital visualization and script breakdown. This book is a must for filmmakers
looking to infuse their work with a more dynamic visual sensibility. Softcover,
362 pp. $38.95.
Directing the Documentary
Directing the Documentary is the definitive and comprehensive book on the
form, offering timeless principles that will improve your work. Ideal for documentary
as well as aspiring and current directors, Directing the Documentary covers
all phases of preproduction and production. The emphasis is on hands-on work
and to that end, dozens of projects, exercises, and idea-provoking questionaires
are included. Topics include everything from researching and honing a documentary
to maintining control through shooting. Softcover, 627 pp. $74.95.
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