Resource Category: Books

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There are an awful lot of film industry books out there but if you’re trying to build a career, you need solid information. And many of them really are awful. We’ve gone through hundreds of books on financing, casting, budgeting, editing, writing and shooting to bring you those which we believe are the most useful and on-point. We are constantly adding to our library to include every facet of the industry from pre-production to distribution so that when you have questions, you’ll know where to find the best answers.

Screenwriters on Screen-Writing: The Best in the Business Discuss Their Craft

It’s one thing to learn from a single point of view — be it a screenwriting guru, professor, instructor, or award-winning screenwriter. This book offers screenwriters the chance to learn from many of

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Getting it Write: An Insider’s Guide to a Screenwriting Career

While there are many books in this list that talk about the craft and business of screenwriting, not all of them talk about how to pitch your screenplay and how to handle the professional space. If th

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The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers

Whether you fully employ the full mythic structure, or just adapt it to whatever you’ve got floating around in your mind, The Writer’s Journey takes Joseph Campbells infamous Hero’s Journey and contex

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The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller

John Truby shares his screenwriting secrets in this book that outlines 22 steps to becoming a master storyteller. He’s known for his compelling scripts and a few of Hollywood’s more successful films,

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Adventures in the Screen Trade: A Personal View of Hollywood and Screenwriting

One of the most memorable writers, William Goldman once said, “The single most important fact, perhaps, of the entire movie industry: NOBODY KNOWS ANYTHING. Not one person knows for a certainty what’s

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Acting as a Business: Strategies for Success

Since its original publication, Acting as a Business has earned a reputation as an indispensable tool for working and aspiring actors. Avoiding the usual advice about persistence and luck, Brian O’Nei

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An Actor Prepares

This is the oldest book on the list and the first of the three acting books written by Mr. Stanislavski. In these pages, Stanislavski takes the reader on a trip through his system by following the exp

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Audition

When Streisand, Redford, Vereen, Tomlin, Midler, and Hoffman got their first breaks Michael Shurtleff was there. Michael Shurtleff has been casting director for Broadway shows like Chicago and Beck

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Filmmakers and Financing: Business Plans for Independents

In this new and updated ultimate filmmaker’s guide, Louise Levison gives you easy-to-use steps for writing an investor-winning business plan for a feature film, including: A comprehensive explanati

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The Business of Television

In this book, esteemed television executive and Harvard lecturer Ken Basin offers a comprehensive overview of the business, financial, and legal structure of the U.S. television industry, as well as i

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The Complete Film Production Handbook

This book is for working film/TV professionals and students alike. If you're a line producer, production manager, production supervisor, assistant director or production coordinator--the book has ever

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In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing

In the Blink of an Eye is editor Walter Murch's essay of film editing. Starting with what might seem to be the most basic editing question - Why do cuts work? - he treats the reader to a marvelous "ri

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