Film Making – 5 Books that every filmmaker should read!

Does the art of filmmaking intrigue you? What better way to explore the world of this creative art, than to read books from extraordinary minds that penned down their journey?

Here are 5 Inspiring Reads that should be in every filmmakers reading list.

#1 – On Directing Film (1992) by David Mamet


One of the most important qualities that a filmmaker should have is the ability of Visualize.  This David Mamet book is essential not only to students but also those interested in the creative field.

Written in dialogue form, inspired from his teaching at Columbia University, this interactive book covers storytelling like no other. He covers the various steps of directing – from script to cutting room to reach the end objective of storytelling and connecting with your audience.

Get your hands on this masterclass from the Pulitzer Prize-winning (and Oscar and Tony-nominated) writer of Glengarry Glen RossSpeed the Plow, The Verdict, and Wag the Dog.

 

#2 – Poetics | Aristotle


“Comedy aims at representing men as worse, Tragedy as better than in actual life.”

A poetic take on art. This book explores the various components of tragedy –  plot, character, diction, thought, spectacle, and song—and its effects

One of the most powerful, perceptive and influential works of criticism in Western literary history, the Poetics has informed and evoked serious thinking about drama ever since.

 

#3 – In the Blink of an Eye by Walter Murch


An answer to one of the most crucial questions in filmmaking and editing–Why do cuts work?

In this journey with Murch, he shares his insights on subjects as continuity and discontinuity in editing, dreaming, and reality; criteria for a good cut. The book suggests editors prioritize emotion over the pure technicalities of editing.

 

#4 – Rebel without a Crew by Robert Rodriguez (1995)

Rebel without a Crew OR How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker With $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player, independent screenwriter and director, Rodriguez discloses all the unique strategies and original techniques he used to make his remarkable debut film El Mariachi on a shoestring budget.

A first hand experience on his journey of completing a project – El Mariachi on a shoe string budget. This book covers one man’s remarkable story and an essential guide for anyone who has a celluloid story to tell and the dreams and determination to see it through.

 

#5 – The Best of Satyajit Ray


The director is the only person who knows what the film is about – Satyajit Ray

You’re in for a literary treat as Ray shares 21 extra-ordinary stories in this one book.  The book like Ray is cinematic and literary at the same time, with an invisible sense of storytelling.

Hope you enjoy these five unique styles from the masterminds of filmmaking.

 

References:

David Mamet

Poetics Aristotle

In the Blink of An Eye

Rebel without a Crew

The Best of Satyajit Ray

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