Film Books

Directing Actors by Judith Weston
A must have for every wannabe director, good for actors too. This is my favourite ever book on working with those real human beings called ‘actors’.

Have you ever been stuck for something to say to an actor who isn’t giving you what you want and nothing you say or do seems to help? Don’t blame them (or hit them), learn how to communicate your ideas more clearly. Judith will show you how to express powerful, do-able direction any actor can follow.

Film maker’s Intuition by Judith Weston
Judith Weston’s follow up book to ‘Directing Actors’. If you only ever buy two books on how to deal with working with your cast and interpreting the script, make sure they are these two Weston books.

Shot By Shot by Michael Katz
Learn to visualise your shots to produce flowing connected scenes that don’t crash into the scenery. This now ‘classic’ book will save you weeks in the edit suite..(or spareroom), and a fortune in legal bills…editors don’t like having their heads thrust against the monitor. Learn to pre-visualise your shooting and inform the way you think about editing your future films.

Film Directing by Michael Rabiger
Insightful look at all aspects of the art of directing and packed with solid, practical wisdom which will only make you a better director and all-round crew member! The rest of the gang will love you when they know you can do the job. Awesome.

Directing Documentary Film by Michael Rabiger
Rabiger’s second book focusing on Documentary film making. Highly recommended.

501 Movie Directors by Steven Jay Schneider
I received this as a Christmas present a few years ago and have since spent many an hour immersed in its pages. Comprehensive info on all the directors you could ever want without being too long, just nice, edible chunks.

Producing and Directing the Short Film and Video by David K. Irving and Peter W. Rea
A whopping price but it is packed full of knowledge for beginners. I would say get this if you have no other books on film making and just want to buy one. Otherwise, flick through it in a store and see if it has what you need before you buy.

The Guerilla Film maker’s Movie Blueprint by Chris Jones, Jonathan Newman, Carla Williams
Everything you need to know but were afraid to ask! Except sex. Covers all the basics with an incredible ‘can-do’ feel throughout the book. Be inspired!

Moviemakers’ Master Class: Private Lessons from the World’s Foremost Directors by Laurent Tirard
Great series of interviews with some of the World’s greatest directors such as Pedro Almodovar, Takeshi Kitano and Jean-Luc Godard.

Story by Robert McKee
The classic book on scriptwriting and it stands the test of time. A great place to start – the beginning followed by the middle and then the end.

Raindance Producers’ Lab Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking by Elliot Grove
From Eliot Grove, the man behind the Raindance Festival in London, comes this practical, gutsy guide to all things ‘producer’. Never be intimidated again by all those naughty forms, business plans and contracts.

The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler
Full of wise old men, threshold guardians and quests… no it isn’t some fantasy role-playing game but a look at story structure from a mythic point of view. All stories, like legends, are based on the same fundamental principles and have been since the dawn of time. This book will open your eyes to the art and timelessness of story telling.