'When I first started studying filmmaking, I would buy numerous books only to learn that most of them weren't that great. Now, as someone with a bachelor's degree from one of the best universities focusing on film production, I can tell you which books out there are worth reading if you want to have a fast start to your filmmaking career.
For this recommended reading list, I have carefully selected those books that offer the most comprehensive education on each area of filmmaking, whether that is directing or editing. By reading these books, you will instantly make yourself a more skilled and knowledgeable filmmaker.'
Filmmaking is as much about the practical as is the theoretical, so it is important that you are balancing your time learning and investing in knowing more about the world of filmmaking. Thanks to Jani of JP Harrow Portraits, you can easily pick up a few books from sites such as Amazon and Waterstones to really tighten up your skills.
Visualizing from Concept to Screen Paperback
Creating Memorable Performances for Film and Television
Script Analysis and Rehearsal Techniques
Learning (and Breaking) the Rules of Cinematic Composition
Professional Storytelling and Storyboarding Techniques for Live Action and Animation
Making your first film can feel scary at first, but overall, the process is a lot of fun when you are well prepared for what is to come next. I'm very familiar with all of the books I have listed in this article, and I honestly wish I have read them earlier. Even if you can only read one or two books from this list, you will be on a great track to becoming a great filmmaker.
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