One of the questions I get asked most often is what books I would recommend to people really interested in making films? I didn't go to film school so aside from watching movies and making some of my own, some of my best education has come from reading. Here is a list of some of the books that have been most useful to me:
1. Anything in the Conversations with Filmmakers Series
I'm particularly fond of the Coen Brothers, De Palma, Jarmusch, and Woody Allen books in the series.
2. From Reel to Deal: Everything You Need to Create a Successful Independent Film by Dov S-S Simens
3. My First Movie: Twenty Celebrated Directors Talk about Their First Film
4. I Wake up Screening: What to Do Once You've Made That Movie by John Anderson and Laura Kim
5. Directing Actors: Creating Memorable Performances for Film & Television by Judith Weston
6. Godard On Godard
7. The Films in My Life by Francois Truffaut
8. Everything by Pauline Kael
*I'm also anxiously awaiting Jon Reiss' Think Outside the Box Office: The Ultimate Guide to Film Distribution and Marketing for the Digital Era
What are your favorite film books?
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