Top 10 Books for Budding Filmmakers

If you are a budding filmmaker and see yourself as the next big director, screenwriter, editor or cinematographer then these fantastic filmmaking books are perfect for you. We have books on the works of famous filmmakers as well as guides on every part of the film production process, including storyboarding, screenwriting and cinematography books. Whatever budget or equipment you're working with and however much experience you may have already, we have great books on filmmaking for anyone with an interest in making movies...

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1. The Movie Making Book

Dan Farrell & Donna Bamford

This book is great for any kids with an interest in filmmaking. Filled with mini games and projects to teach them all the basics of making a movie, this book is a must for any children with a love for the camera. So whatever type of equipment they have, whether that be a camera, tablet or smartphone, they'll be producing their own films in no time with the advice from this excellent filmmaking book.

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2. The Filmmaker's Handbook

Steven Ascher and Edward Pincus

Whatever budget or equipment you have, Steven and Edward's brilliant book can help you to make great films. The book focuses on all technologies surrounding modern-day filmmaking including Youtube, digital video and filming cameras of whatever price or style. Let award-winning filmmakers Steven and Edward teach you how to achieve your best work.

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3. Cinematography

Patrick Keating

Cinematography is a fascinating art form and Patrick Keating is determined to show the key role it plays in films. Find out about the works of the best cinematographers and how cinematography has been influenced by changes in the film industry over the years, from the black and white silent films to the big Hollywood blockbusters of today. All budding cinematographers need to give this interesting book a read.

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4. Complete Screenwriting Course: Teach Yourself

Charles Harris

If you'd rather come up with the story than call the shots on set then this book on screenwriting might just be the filmmaking guide you need. With exercises to help you master the art of writing for film or television taking you through plot, character, dialogue and scenes, you can piece together a full screenplay with ease. Plus, once you've finished your screenplay this guide shows you how to pitch and sell your work too. So, with this handy book, you'll be seeing your story on the screen in no time!

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5. Digital Film-making

Mike Figgis

Become a digital filmmaking pro with this book of tips and tutorials by director, composer and screenwriter Mike Figgis. Utilise the digital technology available to you and follow Mike's advice on lighting, framing, editing, equipment and working with actors to create some brilliant films. Plus, he uses his experiences as a composer to teach how to use sound and music in your own movie projects. Don't miss out on getting some expert advice from this amazing filmmaker.

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6. Master Shots

Christopher Kenworthy

Whatever type of film you're looking to make, this book can help you improve your camerawork. Director Christopher Kenworthy proves you can make your film look professional even on a low budget when you follow his tips for creating master shots regardless of the pressure or time restraints you may be under. Be brave with your shots and see how Christopher's advice can improve your filmmaking.

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7. Indie Film Producing

Suzanne Lyons

If you're interested in contributing to the terrific films that are coming from independent cinema and think producing may be the avenue for you to get involved then this great book by Suzanne Lyons is the perfect tool to help you out. With plenty of step-by-step tutorials and tips to get you started, you'll be producing quality indie films to be proud of.

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8. Cut by Cut

Gael Chandler

If producing, directing and screenwriting aren't quite for you then maybe editing is your niche in filmmaking. In that case, this brilliant book will tell you everything you need to know about editing your own films or videos. Find out when to make cuts and how to add music and effects to your film projects with the right editing systems in this excellent editing book.

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9. From Word to Image

Marcie Begleiter

Marcie Begleiter knows the important role storyboards play in film production and that is the focus of this fascinating film book. Storyboards help the production team to visualise what the end product should be in this deeply collaborative art form. Find out how to take a script and transform it into a full storyboard with Marcie's step-by-step instructions. This brilliant book shines a light on this crucial but often overlooked part of filmmaking.

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10. Shoot Like Spielberg

Christopher Kenworthy

Steven Spielberg is one of the greatest auteurs of modern cinema. With this brilliant book you can study his filmmaking craft and techniques and use them in your own film projects. Spielberg is known for creating strong emotion in his films and Christopher Kenworthy shows you how to create the same level of emotion through your choice of camera moves and filming styles. By the end of this book you really will be shooting just like Spielberg.

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With all these fantastic film books you have everything you need to become an award-winning filmmaker of the future!

  • AIWXT
    Mike Figgis
    • £12.29
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    In this indispensable guide to digital film-making, leading film-maker, Mike Figgis, offers the reader a step-by-step tutorial in how to use digital technology so as to get the best from it. He outlines the equipment and its uses, and provides an authoritative guide to the shooting process - from working with actors to lighting, framing, and camera movement. He further dispenses wisdom on the editing process and the use of sound and music, all the while establishing a sound aesthetic basis for the digital format. This handbook is essential whether your goal is to make no-budget movies, or simply to put your video camera to more use than just holidays and weddings.
  • ALLQM
    • £14.89
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    Designed to take you from the moment you first put your pen to paper to pitching and selling your completed screenplay, this is one of the most inspiring books on screenwriting you'll ever read. Practical exercises will teach you the craft of writing for film and television, both mainstream and independent, the art of building your own plots, characters, dialogue and scenes. It gives you the skills you need to succeed and helps you critique your own work, meaning that at every step of the writing process you'll be producing the best scripts you can. This book is filled with essential writing tools, including techniques for overcoming writer's block and how to find your unique voice. You will learn how to pitch and get your work optioned, how to work as part of a team and how to make the best use of social media - in all a comprehensive companion that you will keep coming back to as your career develops.
  • AFSQA
    Steven Ascher
    • £19.99
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    With a myriad of options and technology available to filmmakers, making a film is more affordable than ever. As legions of would-be filmmakers aspire to put their dreams on screen, to become the next Scorsese or viral YouTube hit, this comprehensive guide is more essential than ever. Covering digital video, film and even DSLR still cameras with video capabilities, two award winning filmmakers and teachers address all aspects of filmmaking.
  • AQLAE
    Christopher Kenworthy
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    Spielberg makes his audience feel something, whether he s shooting a kids -adventure, a dramatic chase, or the darkest war scene. The auteur always employs a core set of techniques that make each shot crystal clear and evoke the most intense emotions from the audience. This book shows you how. From tension to tearjerker, these moves will make your scenes memorable enough to be talked about for years to come. Spielberg directs films that cover everything from childhood dreams to the horrors of war. He always hones in on the emotional center of a scene. This book unravels the secrets of his core techniques, and shows how you can use the same simple camera moves and setups to make your films full of wonder, thrills, and emotion.
  • AQMQL
    Marcie Begleiter
    • £15.99
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    Based on the notion that visual communication (drawing) is a learnable skill and not an inborn talent, this book is a guide to storyboarding for the novice as well as the professional. Film-makers from Eisenstein to Spielberg have utilized storyboards to visualise their stories before the pressures of shooting consume their energies.

    This book will take you on a step-by-step guide to the pre-production process of breaking down the script, using overhead diagrams to block out shots and creating usable drawings for film frames that collaborators an read and understand.

    A rich, visual textbook and guide to the fascinating world of storyboards, this book is for the serious film student and the cinema bug who are fascinated by the visual tools used to create cinema.
  • AQMQK
    Christopher Kenworthy
    • £14.39
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    Master Shots gives film-makers the techniques they need to execute complex, original shots on any budget. By using powerful master shots and well-executed moves, you can develop a strong style and stand out from the crowd.

    Most low-budget movies look low-budget, because the director is forced to compromise at the last minute. Master Shots gives you so many powerful techniques that you'll be able to respond, even under pressure, and create knock-out shots. When the clock is ticking and the light is fading, the techniques in this book can rescue your film, and make every shot look like it cost a fortune.

    Every technique is illustrated with samples from great feature films and computer-generated diagrams for absolute clarity.
  • AQMRE
    Gael Chandler
    • £22.79
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    What do a script, actors, some money, a crew, and a camera add up to? A good start. Good editing takes the film the rest of the way. This second edition of Cut by Cut: Editing Your Film or Video covers the current landscape of post-production process, taking the reader step by step through the editor's journey from receiving dailies to delivering on film, tape, file, or disk for YouTube, cinema, Blu-ray, or TV.

    The book guides the filmmaker through the operation of digital editing systems, sound and music editing and the mix, and tape, tapeless, and film workflows. The middle section lasers in on how to edit the footage: Make cuts, video effects, overlaps, and cheat shots as well as how to approach different genres such as comedy, documentary, drama, and music videos. The final section takes on music and sound editing and the mix, and wraps up by describing finishing processes including online, negative cutting, and DI processes.

    Clearly and completely lays out the editing journey from the first frame of the shoot to the final show sent out to tube, cinema, disk, or web for the world to see. Details the post-production process from dailies to finishing via online, negative cut, disk authoring, and the DI process. Describes how to approach cutting the footage: Make your first edits, deal with mismatches, and conquer action and dialogue scenes. Has additional advice distilled from fifteen interviews of working editors in multiple genres: features, news, MTV, comedy, reality TV, corporate, and more.

    Written by a master Hollywood editor who has worked on all types of projects from features to TV comedies to infomercials to documentaries to corporate videos and more.
  • ALGIT
    Patrick Keating
    • £14.99
    How does a film come to look the way it does? What influence does a film's look have on our reaction to it? Cinematography's role as a science and an art is often forgotten. Cinematography remedies this omission by examining the highlights of the art of the cinematographer and providing the first comprehensive overview of how the field has rapidly evolved, from the early silent film era to today's digital imagery. It shows how the art of cinematography has been influenced by both technological advances and trends in the movie industry, from the rise of big-budget blockbusters to the spread of indie films, with detailed views of films and profiles of the major cinematographers. It is a valuable behind-the-scenes look at the profession and a stirring celebration of the art form, that will equip general readers, students & industry professionals with a fresh eye for what appears on the screen.
  • AHKSO
    Suzanne Lyons
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    Indie Film Producing explains the simple, basic, clear cut role of the independent film producer. Raising funds to do your dream project, producing award-winning films with a low budget, putting name actors on your indie film-it's all doable, and this book guides you through the entire process of being a successful producer with bonus tips on how to effortlessly maneuver through the sphere of social media marketing and fundraising tactics. Indie film producer Suzanne Lyons pilots you through the actual making of low budget films to show you how easy and fun it can be. Laid out in a step-by-step, A to Z, matter-of-fact style that shows how the producer's role can be easy, how to treat the film as a business, and especially how to avoid the painful pitfalls faced by so many producers, this book gives you the essential tools you need to make your film a success from the ground up. . Begins with the earliest stages of concept development, continues through production & post, and ultimately concludes with distribution . Shows you how to create a buzz for your film through marketing and promotions . Interviews with global producers who produced films using social media, festivals, apps, and more, give you real-world insight that can be applied to your own films . Website points you to a fantastic collection of resources that you'll need to produce your own films (http://booksite.focalpress.com/indiefilmproducing)
  • MVMK
    Dan Farrell & Donna Bamford
    • £3.99
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    Aspiring Spielbergs have never had it better. With smartphones and tablets getting ever more powerful, movie making is more accessible than ever before.

    The Movie Making Book will teach you all the skills you need to get started in film-making and is bursting with mini projects and enjoyable games.

    It also has advanced projects so that you can put all your skills to the test and advice on the best ways to share your creations online so that they will get the most views.