Please note that publications listed here could currently be ‘out of print’ and cover designs may be different from the examples included.
Film Directing - Shot By Shot Steven D. Katz. Comprehensive guide to staging shots for many different circumstances and outcomes. Published by Michael Wiese Productions. www.mwp.com. ISBN-13: 978-0-941188-10-4 ISBN-10: 0-941188-10-8
Filmmaking For Dummies Bryan Michael Stoller. www.bryanmichaelstoller.com. Lots of information and advice on the process, always useful to dip into. Published by Wiley Publishing Inc. www.dummies.com. ISBN: 0-7645-2476-3
Getting Started In Short Film Making Ted Jones & Chris Patmore. Ted Jones has 30 years of experience and shares his knowledge and expertise in this filmmakers manual. Published in the U.K. by Apple Press. www.apple-press.com. ISBN: 978-1-84543-485-4
Grammer Of The Edit Christopher J Bowen & Roy Thompson. Comprehensive guide to editing techniques. Originally published by Focal Press. www.routledge.com/focalpress. ISBN: 978-0-240-52120-6
Little White Lies - Making Your Own Movie In 39 Steps Matt Thrift. You can even do it with the phone in your pocket. A guide to planning, shooting and editing. Published by Laurence King Publishing Ltd. www.laurenceking.com ISBN: 978-1-78627-065-8
On Film-Making Alexander Mackendrick. Maker of “Sweet Smell of Success” and “The ‘original’ Ladykillers” turned teacher at the California Institute of Arts. An introduction to the craft of the Director. Published by Faber & Faber. www.faber.co.uk. ISBN: 978-0-571-21125-8
Screen-Writing Madeline DiMaggio. Insider tips and techniques to write for the silver screen. Published by Adams Media, an F+W Publications Company. www.adamsmedia.com. ISBN-13: 978-1-59869-288-4 ISBN-10: 1-59869-288-7
Story Robert McKee. Substance, structure, style, and the principles of screenwriting. Published by Methuen Books. www.methuen.co.uk. ISBN: 978-0-413-71560-9
The Cheerful Subversive’s Guide To Independent Filmmaking Dan Mirvish. Co-founder of Slamdance Film Festival. From preproduction to festivals and distribution. Published by Routledge. www.routledge.com ISBN-13: 978-1138185128 ISBN-10: 11381851124
The Screenwriter’s Workbook Syd Field. Exercises and step by step instructions for creating a screenplay. Published by Bantam Dell. www.bantamdell.com. ISBN: 0-385-33904-6
The Film-Maker’s Hand-Book - A Comprehensive Guide For The Digital Age Steven Ascher & Edward Pincus. For students, teachers, professionals and novices. Published by Plume (Penguin Group). www.thefilmmakershandbook.com. ISBN: 978-0-452-29728-9
The Story Of Film Mark Cousins. (Film History). From silent through to digital film making, a history. Published by Pavilion Books / Anova Books Company. www.anovabooks.com. ISBN: 1-86205-760-5 (This book has been adapted for DVD release, see ‘DVDs’).
Documentaries - How To Make Them Andy Glynne. Includes DVD with Award winning Documentaries, film making forms. Includes information about interview techniques. Film Treatment templates. Published by Kamera Books. www.kamerabooks.com. ISBN: 978-1-904048-80-0
Independent Cinema D.K. Holme. Just what is ‘independent’ cinema? Includes DVD with Paul Cronin’s; Film as a Subversive Art. Published by Kamera Books. www.kamerabooks.com. ISBN: 978-1-904048-70-1
Short Films - How To Make And Distribute Them Nathan Parker. Includes DVD with 5 award winning short films and film making forms. Published by Kamera Books. www.kamerabooks.com. ISBN: 978-1-904048-81-7
A Decade Under The Influence Richard LaGravenese & Ted Demme. (Film History). Film Makers throughout the 1970’s that changed the look, structure and direction of films. Many worked with their friends, without proper budgets and filmed in unplanned real world environments (guerilla). Interviews with; Robert Altman, Peter Bogdanovich, Francis Ford Coppola, William Friedkin, Monte Hellman, Sidney Lumet, Tobe Hooper and many more. (IFC and Verve Pictures).
Before The Nickelodeon Charles Musser. (Film history). The work and contribution of an early pioneer in American cinema, Edwin S Porter, between 1901 and 1908. Narrated by Blanche Sweet. An insight into the development of narrative film-making. www.bfi.org.uk.
The First Film David Nicholas Wilkinson. (Film History). A decade long quest to prove that the first film (or at least existing example) was by Louise Aime Augustin Le Prince and shot in Leeds, England. www.guerilla-films.com.
The Story Of Film - An Odyssey Mark Cousins. (Film History). Five years in the making. An exploration of the history of film and film production as an art form, breaking conventions. This box set contains 5 DVDs. (Network Releasing).
Unsane Steven Soderbergh. Tense psychological thriller and blistering comment about corrupt medical insurance scams in the US. The reason for this films inclusion here is because it is one of - if not - the first feature film to be shot entirely on mobile phones (not found footage theme).