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The Language of Film|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 StoryDirecting the Story

Francis Glebas
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 DirectingKazan on Directing

Elia Kazan
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 FilmmakingDirecting Fiction: Basics Filmmaking

Robert Edgar-Hunt
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 FundamentalsFilm Directing Fundamentals

Third Edition
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 CraftThe Director's Craft

Katie Mitchell
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 FilmmakingFilm 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 3.0Digital Moviemaking 3.0

Scott Billups
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.

Cinematic StorytellingCinematic Storytelling

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 reveals 100 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 plot. Cinematic Storytelling is a unique and endlessly fascinating guide for filmmakers and film fans alike. Softcover, 257 pp. $34.95.

The Film Director PreparesThe 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 DieIf it's Purple, Someone's Gonna Die: The Power of Color in Visual Storytelling

Patti Bellantoni
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 TrailerI'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 VideoReinventing Music Video: Next Generation Directors, Their Inspiration and Work

Matt Hanson
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 best contemporary videos. Softcover, 176 pp. $47.95.

Changing DirectionChanging Direction
A Practical Approach to Directing Actors in Film and Theatre

Lenore DeKoven
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 DirectorThe Working Director: How to Arrive, Thrive & Survive in the Director's Chair
Charles Wilkinson
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.

Girl DirectorGirl Director
Andrea Richards
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 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 pp. $26.95.

Dreams and NightmaresDreams and Nightmares: Terry Gilliam, The Brothers Grimm, & other Cautionary Tales of Hollywood
Bob McCabe
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 ShotsSetting 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 pp. $27.95.

On Directing FilmOn Directing Film
David Mamet
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 audience and has the power to be both surprising and inevitable at the same time. A marvelous creative statement. Softcover, 107 pp. $21.00.

Moviemakers' Master ClassMoviemakers' Master Class
Private Lessons From The World's Foremost Directors

Laurent Tirard
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 Lynch, 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 FilmmakingHollywood in Wide Angle: How Directors View Filmmaking

Jack Rothman
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 in 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 industry -- both on and off the set. Softcover, 198 pp. $37.95.

Film Directing FundamentalsFilm Directing Fundamentals
Second Edition
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.

Total DirectingTotal Directing
Tom Kingdon
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-makingAlexander 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. $69.00.

Film Directing: Cinematic MotionFilm Directing: Cinematic Motion
Second Edition
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 DocumentaryDirecting the Documentary
Fourth Edition
Michael Rabiger
Directing the Documentary
is the definitive and comprehensive book on the form, offering timeless principles that will improve your work. Ideal for documentary courses 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 idea to maintining control through shooting. Softcover, 627 pp. $74.95.

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First Time DirectorFirst Time Director: How to Make Your Breakthrough Movie
Gil Bettman
If you are a first time director, you need all the help that you can get, especially on the set. And that's exactly what Gil Bettman delivers: no lofty theorizing about the "art" of filmmaking but lucid, real world advice on how to handle the craft and people-management side of directing. This book will enable you to pull form from chaos and make the best film possible -- no matter what your resources. Softcover, 307 pp. $41.95.

$30 Film School$30 Film School
Michael W. Dean
Digital video cameras and desktop video editing tools are cheaper than ever, and this book explains how making a film on your own is easier than ever. In $30 Film School you'll find many interviews from insightful independent filmmakers and artists, as well as a host of practical advise, knowledge and resources. This book is the perfect introduction for the fledgling filmmaker. Softcover, 507 pp. $44.95.

First Time DirectorFirst Time Director: How to Make Your Breakthrough Movie
Gil Bettman
If you are a first time director, you need all the help that you can get, especially on the set. And that's exactly what Gil Bettman delivers: no lofty theorizing about the "art" of filmmaking but lucid, real world advice on how to handle the craft and people-management side of directing. This book will enable you to pull form from chaos and make the best film possible -- no matter what your resources. Softcover, 307 pp. $41.95.

The Film Director's IntuitionThe Film Director's Intuition: Script Analysis and Rehearsal Techniques
Judith Weston
Judith Weston has long been heralded as one of the pre-eminent authorities on directing actors. In this, her new book, she extends her influencial teachings to include script analysis and rehearsal technique. The Film Director's Intuition reveals secrets on how to tap one's own impulses and feelings -- as well as those of the actors -- and how to keep creativity alive on the set at all times. Softcover, Softcover, 364 pp. $39.95.

The Innocence of the EyeThe Innocence of the Eye: A Filmmaker's Guide
Ed Spiegel
This dynamic, well-written meditation on the expressive possibilities of film form is based on the influencial teachings of Slavko Vorkapich. Adapted by Ed Spiegel, this book uses examples from classic and contemporary cinema to show how the formal language of cinema can shape an audience's perception and empathy. A remarkable explanation of one filmmaker's filmic vocabulary. Softcover, 179 pp. $30.50.

Framing HitchcockFraming Hitchcock
Sidney Gottlieb and Christopher Brookhouse
For the past 10 years (1992-2002) The Hitchcock Annual has established itself as a key source of historical information and critical commentary on one of the central figures in film history. The essays in this collection have been culled from the annuals' pages, and selected in order to give a comprehensive overview to Hitchcock's critical reception in contemporary film criticism. This intriging anthology will be of immense interest to readers who aim to further their appreciation and interpretation of this enormously important and influencial filmmaker. Softcover, 418 pp. $41.50.

Directing ScreencraftDirecting Screencraft
Mike Goodridge
This fifth book in the Screencraft series presents interviews with 15 of the world´s most influential contemporary directors, from Bernardo Bertolucci to Pedro Almodovar. Illustrated with hundreds of stills.
Large-format softcover, $59.95.

Other books in this series:

  • Cinematography Screencraft by Peter Ettedgui. $65.95
  • Editing & Post Production Screencraft by Declan McGrath. $60.95
  • Film Music Screencraft by M. Russell & J. Young. $74.5 (Includes CD with samplings from movie soundtracks)
  • Production Design & Art Direction Screencraft by Peter Ettedgui. $65.95

Directing for Film & TelevisionDirecting for Film & Television
Christopher Lukas
Using this revised version of an already classic text, the reader will learn how to concieve and tell stories, and how to employ the tools of filmmaking in whichever format one chooses. Rife with useful techniques and approaches, "Directing for Film and Television" serves a valuable resource to the craft of directing, for those who are working in the field, as well as for the aspiring amateur. Softcover, 236 pp., $31.95.

Breaking InBreaking In: How 20 Film Directors Got Their Start
Nicholas Jarecki foreword Roger Ebert
The author graduated from NYU film school at age nineteen. Trying to find his way around the "industry wall" proved difficult so he set out to find out how others did it. These interviews offer access to some of Hollywood's greatest minds, revealing what sparked their passion and what they did for their first break. The directors interviewed here have all made it to the major leagues -- in their own way. Included are: Neil LaBute, John Dahl, James Toback, John Schlesinger, Peter Farrelly, Barry Sonnenfeld, Tamara Davis, Amy Heckerling among others. $21.00.

The Filmmaker's HandbookThe Filmmaker's Handbook
Steven Ascher & Edward Pincus
Considered the bible of film production, adopted for use in film courses-- an indispensable source of practical information and sound advice on the techniques and technologies needed to make movies. $26.99.

Directing Film: From Pitch to PremiereDirecting Film: From Pitch to Premiere
Ken Russell
The great English filmmaker draws on his experiences that include Tommy, Music Lovers, Women in Love and Crimes of Passion to take the reader through the main stages of filmmaking: pitching an idea, writing the screenplay, location scouting, casting etc. etc. This book is instructive and entertaining making it great reading for both film students and film buffs. With photos. $36.95.

Script Analysis...Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers
Second Edition
James Thomas
Based on the premise that plays are objects of study in and of themselves, Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers teaches a traditional system of classifications that examines the written part of a play, excluding such considerations as performance, scenery, or costuming. $65.95.

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