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- The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers – Find quick answers to hundreds of questions in The Pocket Lawyer for Film and Video.
Reel Women: Pioneers of the Cinema: The First Hundred Years V. I – Features the pioneering female filmmakers that transformed movies behind the scenes since 1896.
- Making a Good Script Great by Linda Seger -This book takes you through the whole screenwriting process – from initial concept through final rewrite – providing specific methods that will help you craft tighter, stronger, and more saleable scripts.
- Cutting Rhythms: Shaping the Film Edit – There are so many ways to cut and present a story. Understanding the right “rhythm” of each story is an essential skill.
- Rebel without a Crew: Or How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker With $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player by Robert Rodriguez – A true inspiration to “stop dreaming and start doing.
- In the Blink of an Eye Revised 2nd Edition by Walter Murch – Anyone interested in video editing, sound design, directing or screenwriting should buy this book immediately.
- Shooting to Kill: How an Independent Producer Blasts Through the Barriers to Make Movies that Matter by Christine Vachon – From the pitch and story rights to script development and financing through casting, costs, crews, computer schedules and storyboards, scouting locations and constructing sets, editing and postproduction, deals and distribution, film fests and marketing.
- Directing Actors: Creating Memorable Performances for Film & Television by Judith Weston – Understanding the technical aspects of filmmaking is as important as learning how to communicate with the people you work with, especially when they are NOT professional actors.
- The Complete Film Production Handbook – Everything you need to know to set up and run a production.
- Documentary Storytelling: Creative Nonfiction on Screen – This book has reached filmmakers and filmgoers worldwide with its unique focus on the single most important aspect of documentary media-making.
- Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting – In Story, McKee puts into book form what he has been teaching screenwriters for years in his seminar on story structure, which is considered by many to be a prerequisite to the film biz.
- Save the Cat by Blake Snyder – This ultimate insider’s guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a show biz veteran who’s proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat!
- Art of Nonfiction Movie Making – Where does the idea come from? How do you raise the money? How much money do you need? What visual style is best suited to the story? What are the legal issues involved? And how can a film reach that all-important milestone and find a willing distributor?
- Shaking the Money Tree, 3rd Edition: The Art of Getting Grants and Donations for Film and Video – Completely demystifies the art of fundraising for independent film and video projects for students, emerging, and seasoned media makers.
- Inside Track for Independent Filmmakers – You’ll discover insider secrets, step-by-step instructions, and time-saving shortcuts-everything you need to approach financiers, actors, agents, and distributors like a savvy professional.