RECOMMENDED FILM BOOKS READING LIST – Revised September 2004 General Reference CineBooks Editors. The MovieGuide.

(PerigeeBook/Penguin Putnam Inc, 1998) Fielding, Raymond. A Technological History of Motion Pictures and Television (University of California Press, 1984) Halliwell’s Film Guide (HarperCollins/Harper Perennial) [annual updates] Katz, Ephraim. The Film Encyclopedia, 4th ed. (Harper Collins, 2001) Konigsberg, Ira. The Complete Film Dictionary, 2nd ed. (Penguin Reference, 1997) Maltin, Leonard, ed. Movie & Video Guide (Signet Reference) [annual updates] Pincus, Edward and Ascher, Steven. Filmmaker’s Handbook (New American Library, 2000) Roberts, Kenneth and Sharples, Win Jr. A Primer for Filmmaking: A Complete Guide to 16 and 35 mm Film Production (Bobbs-Merrill) Singleton, Ralph. Filmmaker’s Dictionary (Lone Eagle Publishing, 2000) Wilhelm, Elliot. VideoHound’s World Cinema: The Adventurer’s Guide to Movie Watching (Visible Ink Press, 1999) World Cinema Surveys Cook, David A. A History of Narrative Film, 2nd ed. (Norton, 1990) [or latest edition] Dyer, Richard, and Ginette Vincendeau, eds. Popular European Cinema (Routledge, 1992) Nowell-Smith, Geoffrey, ed. The Oxford History of World Cinema (Oxford University Press, 1996) Thompson, Kristin, and David Bordwell. Film History: An Introduction (McGraw-Hill, 1994) Thompson, David. A Biographical Dictionary of Film (Knopf, 1994) Film History Biskind, Peter. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock ’n Roll Generation Saved Hollywood (Simon and Schuster, 1998; Touchstone, 1999) Bogle, Donald. Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, & Bucks: An Interpretive History of Blacks in American Films, 3rd ed. (NY: Continuum Publishing, 1996) Bordwell, David, Janet Staiger, and Kristin Thompson. The Classical Hollywood Cinema: Film Style & Mode of Production to 1960 (Columbia University Press, 1985) Brownlow, Kevin. The Parade’s Gone By (Ballantine, 1968) [or re-issues] Cherchi Usai, Paolo. Burning Passions: An Introduction to the Study of Silent Film. Trans., Elizabeth Sansone (British Film Institute, 1994) Dunne, John Gregory, Monster: Living off the Big Screen (Vintage Books, 1998) Everson, William K. American Silent Film (Oxford University Press, 1978; Da Capo Press, 1998) Friedrich, Otto. City of Nets: A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940’s (University of California Press, 1997) Gabler, Neal. An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood (Bantam Doubleday/Dell Publishing Group, 1989)

Inc. 1979) Courter. Movie-Made America: A Cultural History of American Movies (Vintage Books/Random House. 2001) Ferncase. Hands-On Manual for Cinematographers (Focal Press.2 Griffin. Kris. The Art of the Cinematographer: A Survey and Interview with Five Masters (Dover. Cinematography: Image Making for Cinematographers. 1978) Mascelli. 2002) Cheshire. Contemporary Cinematographers on Their Art (ButterworthHeinemann) ISBN: 0-240-80309-4 Samuelson. Peter. Cinematography – Screencraft Series (Focal Press. John. Every Frame a Rembrandt: Art and Practice of Cinematography (Focal Press. Thomas A.. Directors and Videographers (Focal Press. Andrew. David. Principal Photography: Interviews with Feature Film Cinematographers (Praeger. 1999) Malkiewicz. Mike. The Five C’s of Cinematography (Silman-James Press. 1998) Huston. John. The Making of the Wizard of Oz (Hyperion. and Michael E. 1989/1996) Sklar. Nancy. 1990) Pierson. Bernard. The Genius of the System: Hollywood Filmmaking in the Studio Era (Henry Holt and Company. Richard K. David. Blain. Hit & Run: How Jon Peters and Peter Guber Took Sony for A Ride In Hollywood (Simon & Schuster Trade. Thomas. Leonard. 1998) Ohanian. Alexis. 1998) . Donald. (ASC Press. 1975) [or latest edition] Spoto. Siegfried. Kris. Digital Filmmaking: The Changing Art and Craft of Making Motion Pictures (Focal Press. David. 1996) Rogers. 1993) Elkins.. 1995) Happe. 1971) Hummell. LoBrutto. 1994) Kracauer. 2000). (Focal Press. Phillips. and Kim Masters. 1996) Ettedgui. The Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock (Plenum Publishing Corp. 1982) Elkins. The Book of Movie Photography (Knopf. Robert. Film Lighting (Simon and Schuster) ISBN: 0-671-76634-1 Maltin. Jon. An Open Book (Da Capo Press. 1997) Laszlo. Cinematography (Prentice Hall) ISBN: 0-13-133687-8 Malkiewicz. 3rd ed. The Filmmaker’s Craft: 16mm Cinematography (Van Nostrand Reinhold Co. Philip. Spike. 2002) Brown. American Cinematographer Manual 8th Ed. DVCAM: A Practical Guide to the Professional System (Focal Press. Reflections: Twenty-One Cinematographers at Work (The ASC Press. Slackers & Dykes: A Guided Tour Across A Decade Of American Independent Cinema (Hyperion. 1996) Schatz. Film and Video Lighting Terms and Concepts (Focal Press. Aljean. Joseph V. L. Benjamin. The Camera Assistant’s Manual. Rob. 1999) Fauer. 1997) Harmetz. Basic Motion Picture Technology (Focal Press. Pauline. David. 1999) Cinematography Bergery. Women Behind the Camera: Conversations with Camerawomen (Praeger. 2002 ) Krasilovsky. Vincent. Camera Terms and Concepts (Focal Press. From Caligari to Hitler: A Psychological History of the German Film (Princeton University Press.

Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics. Ally. Leslie. Rick. Cinematic Motion: A Workshop for Staging Scenes (Michael Wiese Productions 1992) Lumet. Film Directing. Lynch on Lynch (Faber and Faber. Reel Women: Pioneers of the Cinema. 2003) Directing Acker. When the Shooting Stops … the Cutting Begins: A . 1981) Wheeler. Dale. Script Supervising and Film Continuity 3rd Ed. Martin’s Press. 1989/1996) Thompson. The Technique of Film Editing.3 Taub. 1994) Block. ed. 1896 to the Present (Continuum. Eric. Grammar of the Film Language (Silman-James Press. Masters of Light (University of CA Press) ISBN: 0-520-05336-2 Wheeler. 1997) Smith. 1991) Björkman. Sayles on Sayles (Faber and Faber. Michael. ed. Publishers/Focal Press Limited. Steven D. François. Vincent. 1991) Miller. Selected Takes: Film Editors on Editing (Praeger. Inc 1996) Milne. and Ian Christie. John. 2001) Pintoff. and Robert Karen. 1999) Reisz. trans. Godard on Godard (Da Capo. Sidney. ed. Paul. TV. 1998) Thompson. 2002 ISBN 0-375-40165-2) Katz. enlarged edition (Hastings House. 1991) Arijon. 1984) Editing and Sound Altman. David. Ken. Tom. Stig. Karel. Principles of Cinematography: A Handbook of Motion Picture Technology (Fountain Press. Directing 101 (Michael Wiese Productions 1999) Pollock. Ernest. Making Movies (Random House. Skywalking: The Life and Films of George Lucas (Da Capo. Ralph. Bruce. Richard Beck. Steven D. 1996) Rabiger. 1998) Truffaut. trans. and Gavin Millar. 1999) Quigley. & Larry Salvato. Film Directing Shot by Shot: Visualizing from Concept to Screen (Focal Press 1991) Katz. High Definition and 24P Cinematography (Focal Press. 2001) Fuller. 1995) Schaefer Dennis. Digital Cinematography (Focal Press) Wheeler. Samuel. Paul. A Third Face (Knopf. Pat P. Grips and Best Boys (St. The Art of Movie-Making: Script to Screen (Prentice Hall. 1998) Murch. The Technique of Film and Video Editing (Focal Press. Woody Allen on Woody Allen (Grove Press. Walter. 1992) Dancyger. Sound Theory. Gavin. Timecode: A User’s Guide (Focal Press. Hitchcock (Simon and Schuster. Chris. (Focal Press. and ed. 3rd ed. 2002) LoBrutto. 1968) Rosenblum. eds. Daniel. Roy. and New Media (Focal Press. Gaffers. Sound Practice (Routledge/AFI Film Readers. Scorsese on Scorsese (Faber and Faber. 1997) Rodley. Fellini on Fellini (Da Capo. Grammar of the Shot (Focal Press. Elizabeth. 1972) Peacock. (Focal Press. 1995) Ratcliff. In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing (Silman-James Press. The Visual Story: Seeing the Structure of Film.

(Focal Press. Art Direction for Film and Video ISBN: 02080189X Sennett. Steven. Robert S. 1990) Berstein. Ken. 2000) Vogler. Buck. (Macmillan/ARCO/ AFI. Adventures in the Screen Trade (Warner Books. Christopher. Film Sound: Theory and Practice (Columbia University Press. Architectural Graphics. Production Design and Art Direction: Screencraft ISBN: 020804007 Guthrie. Crafting Short Screenplays that Connect (Focal Press. 1998) . 1997) Field. IFP/Los Angeles Independent Filmmaker’s Manual 2nd Ed. 1993). David Lewis. Movie Money: Understanding Hollywood’s Creative Accounting Practices (Silman-James Press. Spike Mike Slackers and Dykes: A Guided Tour Across a Decade of American Independent Cinema (Hyperion. 1984) Goldman. Bruce. Rudy. Peter & Guber. 2nd ed. Bill. Inc. Film Production Technique (Wadsworth Publishing) ISBN: 0-534-20568-2 Pierson. Frank. 1995/1997) Vachon. The (Harcourt Brace College Publishing) ISBN: 0-15-502861-8 Daniels. Elizabeth. Vincent. Peter. 1985) Yewdall. John. David Leedy. Claudia Hunter. Mark Cotta. Industrial Light & Magic: Into the Digital Realm ISBN: 0345381521 Screenwriting Cooper. Mamer. Syd. 3rd Edition ISBN: 0471287539 Ettedgui. What a Producer Does (Silman-James Press. Writing Screenplays that Sell (McGraw-Hill. Wurmfeld. By Design ISBN: 0275940314 Olsen. Peter. Film Production (Focal Press) ISBN: 0-240-51343-6 Dancyger. Michael. Robert L. Sills. Grammar of the Film Language (Focal Press) ISBN: 0-8038-2675-3 Bart. Selznick (Samuel French Trade. Shoot Out (Putnam. 1988) [or latest edition] Johnson. Nicole. (Michael Wiese Productions. 1979) Weis. The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers. Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound (Focal Press. Shooting To Kill (Avon Books. Behlmer. William. and Steven D. A Pound of Flesh: Perilous Tales of How to Produce Movies in Hollywood (Grove Press. Eden. Writing Great Screenplays for Film and TV. Christine. 2nd ed. 1983) Hauge. The Architect’s Portable Handbook: First Step Rules of Thumb for Building Design ISBN: 007025303X Lobrutto. 1999) Producing Arijon. 1997) Houghton. Daniel. 1998) Production Design Ching. Setting the Scene: The Great Hollywood Art Directors ISBN: 0810938464 Vas. 2002 ISBN: 0-399-14808-6).4 Film Editor’s Story (Viking Press. Dona. Art. World of Film and Video Prod Aesthetics and Practices. The Screenwriter’s Workbook (Dell Publishing Company. 2004) Linson. and John Belton. Memo from David O. 1941) LaLoggia. Pat.

Jay Leyda (Harcourt. Visionary Film: The American Avant-Garde 1943-1978. Raymond. Stuart. Ken. Genre Studies.5 Aesthetics. The World of Film and Video Production: Aesthetics and Practices (Harcourt. They Went Thataway: Redefining Film Genres (Mercury House/National Society of Film Critics.. Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film (Oxford University Press. Edward. Alain. 1984) ISBN: 0-935578-06-4 Baker. Richard M. Nonfiction Film: A Critical History. George. David. 1985) . Andrey. Sculpting in Time: Reflections on the Cinema. 1996) Kerr. Kitty HunterBlair (Faber. The Technique of Special Effects Cinematography (Focal Press. 1993) [or latest edition] Bywater. Special Effects: Wire. 1994) Voytilla. Film Form: Essays in Film Theory. Dudley. Trans. Foster. Film As Art (University of California Press. 1992) Visual Effects Abbott. 1999) Dmytryk. Myth and the Movies: Discovering the Mythic Structure of 50 Unforgettable Films (Michael Wiese Productions. (McGraw Hill. The Films In My Life (Da Capo Press. Adams. Eisenstein. Richard T. 4th ed. Film Genre Reader (University of Texas Press. ASC Treasury of Visual Effects. Detours and Lost Highways: A Map of Neo-Noir (Limelight Editions. P. 1989) Truffaut. 1989) Dancyger. Film Art: An Introduction. 1976) [or latest edition] Arnheim. Rudolf. 1979) Tarkovsky. Theory and Criticism Andrew. and Elizabeth Ward. and Thomas Sobchack. Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style (Overlook Press. Brace and Company. Brace & World. Tragedy and Comedy (Da Capo Press. and Kristin Thompson. 1999) Jameson. (The ASC Press. 1992) [or latest edition] Silver. Walter. Gerald. How Do They Do It – Computer Illusion in Film (Alpha Books) ISBN: 156761-422-1 Dunn. (Indiana University Press. Tape & Rubber Band Style (The ASC Press. ed. ed. Linwood & Turner. Sergei. Cinema: Concept and Practice (Focal Press. Introduction to Film Criticism: Major Critical Approaches to Narrative Film (Longman. (Oxford University Press. 1985) Mast. (Oxford University Press. 1949) Grant. L. 4th ed. 1979) [or later editions] Sitney. The Major Film Theories: An Introduction (Oxford University Press. Fielding. J. Marshall Cohen. Christopher W.. Tim. 1972) Bordwell. 1986) Hirsch. and Leo Braudy. Film Theory and Criticism: Introductory Readings.B. eds. 1988). Erik. 1983). 1999) Non-Fiction Film Barnouw. 2nd ed. 1993) Barsam. Trans. Barry Keith. revised ed. Francois.

Blood. David. David. Little Black Book of Visual Effects (Penny Lane Animation. Film Music Composition Morgan. 2000) . Film Magic – Art and Science of Special Effects (Prentice Hall Press. 1997) ISBN: 0-201-68839-5 Rogers. Zoran. Knowing the Score: Film Composers Talk About the Art. Christopher. Visual Effects Cinematography (Focal Press. The (Van Nostrand Reinhold) ISBN: 0-442-01896-7 Penny Lane Animation.6 Finch. 1999) Reinfield. Sweat. Isaac Victor Art of 3-D Computer Animation & Imaging. Craft. 1999). (Focal Press. Eric & Sherry London. Jake. 2000) Perisic. Art of Visual Effects – Interviews on the Tools of the Trade. and Tears of Writing for Cinema (Harper Entertainment. Special Effects – Creating Movie Magic (Abbeville Press. Real World After Effects (Peach Pit Press. 1989) ISBN: 0-89659-452-1 Hamilton. 1987) ISBN: 0-13314774-6 Kerlow. Pauline B. Special Effects – In Film & Television (DK Publishing) ISBN: 0-7894-2813-X Hutchison.

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