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Below are my recommendations for books that have beeing found usefull for filmmakers, most of them I own myself. This list will be expanded once in a while and represents a cross-section of reading material for filmmakers and film enthusiasts alike.
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Producing, Directing, Filmmaking in General
|Author: Robert Rodriguez
Note: Robert Rodriguez wrote it like a diary, his production diary of his first feature film El Mariachi. Very good read, very informative.
|Author: Francois Truffaut
Note: Truffaut interviewed Hitchcock about his films. A view on Hitchcock and his works.
Writing, Script, Dramaturgy
|Author: Blake Snyder
Note: Very popular and funny book which demystifies some of hollywoods story principles, but take it with a grain of salt and read between the lines. This book can be very helpfull sorting out the great structure of films but does not go too deep into the microcosm of scenes or characters like other books. Fun to read, alot to learn.
|Author: Pat P. Miller
Note: Good base for screenwriters how to format a screenplay, how to read a screenplay, learn all the techniques to write a screenplay and to read it on set and learn how to supervise a script.
|Author: Ip Wischin
A very personal reccomendation is Ip Wischin’s Book about his dramaturgy principles, which he teaches in his numerous workshops in Vienna, Austria.
Don’t forget to visit Ip Wischin’s Film-Dramaturgy Workshops in Vienna, Austria at the Vienna Filmschool. Reservations via e-mail neccessary.
|Author: Gerald Millerson
Note: lot’s of illustrations, charts, lighting techniques.
|Author: David Samuelson
Note: Detailed manual for analog cinema cameras and cameras in general.
Special Visual Effects
|Author: Thomas G. Smith
Note: Simply the best book on special visual effects, made by the masters, Industrial Light & Magic. If you want to do hight-end digital Visual Effects, you start at the beginning of modern Special Effects, with this book.
|Author: Dale Pollok
Note: The father of modern SciFi and his visions. Very good read.
|Author: John Baxter
Note: Many fascinating stories about Steven Spielbergs Film and his involvements in other productions and collaborations for example with Robert Zemeckis and others. Very good read.
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