Film Education


My Top Ten Film Books

Would like to share with you my list of Top Ten Film books which are a must read for filmmakers

1. MAKING MOVIES  By Sidney Lumet

The book is from experiences as a filmmaker and not dry theory

Easy and enjoyable read .

2. MOVIE MAKER’S MASTER CLASS  By Laurent Tirard

Reveals unique working styles and techniques used by international contemporary directors.

Brief chapter for each director but insightful.

3. STORY By Robert Mckee

Gives an insight into understanding different kind of films with the ‘Story Triangle’.

A lot of reference to actual films.

4. THE ART OF DRAMATIC WRITING  By Lajos Egri

The chapter on ‘Premise’ is most valuable

A Classic !

5. THE FILMMAKER’S EYE  By Gustavo Mercado

The book is more pictorial and is not text heavy

Easy to digest with a lot of references to actual films and deals with basic shot scale but in that simple structure reveals the complex and effective use of basic cinematic grammar by filmmakers.

Not theory but practice.

6. THE FIVE C’S OF CINEMATOGRAPHY  By Joseph V. Mascelli

Detailed cinematography aspects explained

Very informative but maybe not a fast and easy read.

A Classic !

7. ASIAN CINEMA By Tom Vick

Published by the Smithsonian Institutte, a good book on Asian cinema, good background information on cultures, politics. But the chapter on Indian cinema is not that insightful.

A good introduction to Asian Cinema.

8. HITCHCOCK  By Francois Truffaut  (revised edition)

An Interview by one filmmaker to another. Interesting insights on Hitchcock’s technique with detailed references to scenes in his films.

Detailed but insightful.

9. MY YEARS WITH APU  By Satyajit Ray

The process of making his first film. The struggle and ecstasy of filmmaking.

A personal and enjoyable journey.

10. SO MANY CINEMAS, THE MOTION PICTURE IN INDIA By B.D. Garga

A big coffee table book which begins with silent cinema and comes into the present times.

A good archive.

by Oorvazi Irani

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