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#1 Cody J Deel

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 10:17 PM

Hello everyone! Sorry for reposting this, but the first time I did it for some reason there was no title. Alas!

 

So, I love reading books about film, media, art and the motion picture industry in general. I'm looking for recommendations on new reading material for the future. So, if you have a favorite book or know of any essentials that I should read, let me know! I'm sure there are dozens of authors and countless pieces of work that would be valuable and pertinent to my attempts in always trying to further educate myself as a filmmaker. Books I've read that I really enjoyed include:

 

Final Cut - Steven Bach

Poetics of Cinema - David Bordwell

The Way Hollywood Tells It - David Bordwell

On Directing Film - David Mamet

Ways of Seeing - John Berger

 

and my personal favorite... Devotional Cinema - Nathaniel Dorsky

 

All of these books gave me great insight into many different aspects concerning motion picture production and flim/media theory. In ways these books changed the enitre way I perceive reality and the world, and how closely this coincides with filmmaking. In many ways they're synonymous. Motion pictures are merely captured moments of the whole experience. But yes, I would greatly appreciate any and all recommendations. I'm always eager to be turned on to something new, thought-provoking and/or technically beneficial.

 

I also recently ordered the ASC Manual 10th Edition. I thought it was about time I finally got it. So if you were going to suggest that, maybe think of another one. Please?

 

Awesome! Well.... Thank you and good morrow!


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#2 Zac Fettig

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 07:38 AM

Given your list, I assume you're looking for insight into filmmaking, as opposed to a textbook on practices and technique. Here's a few I've enjoyed:

 

Something Like an Autobiography - Akira Kurosawa

Images - Ingmar Bergman (A little hard to read though).

Every Frame a Rembrandt - Andrew Laszlo

In the Blink of an Eye - Walter Murch

Acting in Film - Michael Caine

Rebel Without a Crew - Robert Rodriguez

 

Textbook style:

Film Directing: Shot by Shot - Stephen Katz

Film Directing: Cinematic Motion - Stephen Katz

Painting With Light - John Alton

The 5 C's of Cinematography - Joseph Mascelli

Cinematography - Kris Malkiewicz and M. David Mullen

Special Effects Cinematography - Raymond Fielding

 

Reference

Hands On Manual For Cinematographers - David Samuelson

The Filmmaker's Handbook - Steven Ascher and Edward Pincus


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#3 Randy J Tomlinson

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 03:53 PM

Books i have:

 

About 20 CINEFEX Issues

The Filmmakers Eye

The 5 C of Cinematography

 

very cool:

Master Shots - Volume 2

 

Cheers

Randy


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#4 David Landau

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 08:18 AM

Making Movies by Syndey Lumet - great book!

 

Faber & Faber (England) put out a series of great books that were autobiographies of cinematographers and directors. I bought used copies of the ones written by Freddie Young (Seven Light years) and Jack Cardiff (Magic Hour) but haven't cracked them open yet. I'm taking them for summer vacation reading. They also put out "David Lean's Dedicated Maniac: Memoirs of a Film Specialist" written by Eddie Fowlie, a prop master for David Lean which sounds fascinating.


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#5 Valter Jaakkola

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Posted 18 July 2016 - 08:02 PM

I highly recommend Andrei Tarkovsky's book "Sculpting in Time" - to me a it's a pure diamond.


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#6 John Woosley

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Posted 09 August 2016 - 08:32 AM

David's book "Lighting for cinematography" is excellent!


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#7 David Landau

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Posted 09 August 2016 - 04:45 PM

Thank you John. 


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