Top 10 Best Books to Read in Movie Reference - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Movie Reference. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. The Animator's Survival Kit: A Manual of Methods, Principles and Formulas for Classical, Computer, Games, Stop Motion and Internet Animators (FARRAR, STRAUS)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Movie Reference - August 2021

The definitive book on animation, from the Academy Award-winning animator behind Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Animation is one of the hottest areas of filmmaking today--and the master animator who bridges the old generation and the new is Richard Williams. During his fifty years in the business, Williams has been one of the true innovators, winning three Academy Awards and serving as the link between Disney's golden age of animation by hand and the new computer animation exemplified by Toy Story . Perhaps even more important, though, has been his dedication in passing along his knowledge to a new generation of animators so that they in turn could push the medium in new directions. In this book, based on his sold-out master classes in the United States and across Europe, Williams provides the underlying principles of animation that every animator--from beginner to expert, classic animator to computer animation whiz --needs. Urging his readers to "invent but be believable," he illustrates his points with hundreds of drawings, distilling the secrets of the masters into a working system in order to create a book that will become the standard work on all forms of animation for professionals, students, and fans.

  • Author: Richard Williams
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Fourth Edition, Revised (September 25, 2012)
  • Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Movies
  • ISBN: 978-0865478978
  • Dimensions: 9.42 x 1.01 x 10.86 inches


2. NOIR CITY Magazine #31

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Movie Reference - August 2021

NOIR CITY, the acclaimed magazine of the Film Noir Foundation, now available in print! In Issue #31 we announce this year's Modern Noir Master, an award annually bestowed by the FNF upon a contemporary artist whose work has extended the traditions of classic film noir. 2021's recipient is writer-director Mike Hodges, who created such landmark neo-noirs as Get Carter (1971), Pulp (1972), and Croupier (1998). NOIR CITY's Ray Banks speaks at length with Hodges and their fascinating conversation is augmented by exclusive comments from two of our honoree's most renowned collaborators: Michael Caine and Clive Owen. Also in this issue: Imogen Sara Smith explores the contemporary noir of filmmaker Christian Petzold; Sean Axmaker profiles iconoclastic director André de Toth; Farran Smith Nehme details the life of stalwart supporting actress Virginia Grey; John Wranovics reveals the compelling story of writer Art Cohn; Nell Beram interviews actress Eve Plumb on her second act as a painter inspired by classic noir films; Jason A. Ney considers amnesia noir then and now; and Vince Keenan asks "Noir or not?" about the Charlie Chaplin film Monsieur Verdoux (1947). Plus book reviews, film reviews, and more.

  • Author: Eddie Muller
  • Publisher: Independently published (July 7, 2021)
  • Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Movies
  • ISBN: 979-8529601150
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.21 x 11 inches


3. Directing Great Television: Inside TV’s New Golden Age

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Movie Reference - August 2021

Sharing his own process honed over a decades-long career, Emmy-nominated director Dan Attias brings you into the actual experience of directing series television. Whether it’s the high-stakes pressure of solving a last-minute problem on set, or the joy of pulling off a perfect shot by the skin of your teeth, Attias brings you right into the director’s chair, sharing his knowledge and taking you through the process one challenging episode at a time. Offering a fundamental focus on story, and eschewing industry language for plain talk, Attias offers in-depth guidance how best to work with actors, how to “speak” through the camera, how to work with a showrunner, and how to be ready for the many ways a director will be challenged, large and small. Directing Great Television is a fascinating window into television’s best shows, compelling to directors and non-directors alike. Attias’s book transcends other filmmaking guides by detailing his journey to a surprising place of self-discovery, one with applications beyond entertainment.

  • Author: Dan Attias
  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions (September 7, 2021)
  • Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Movies
  • ISBN: 978-1615933297


4. The Screenwriter's Bible, 7th Edition, A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Movie Reference - August 2021

The Screenwriter s Bible 's 7th edition marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most popular , authoritative , and useful books on screenwriting. A standard by which other screenwriting books are measured, it has sold over 340,000 copies in its 25-year life. Always up-to-date and reliable , it contains everything that both the budding and working screenwriter need under one cover five books in one!  A Screenwriting Primer that provides a concise course in screenwriting basics A Screenwriting Workbook that walks you through the complete writing process, from nascent ideas through final revisions A Formatting Guide that thoroughly covers today's correct formats for screenplays and TV scripts A Spec Writing Guide that demonstrates today's spec style through sample scenes and analysis, with an emphasis on grabbing the reader's interest in the first ten pages A Sales and Marketing Guide that presents proven strategies to help you create a laser-sharp marketing plan.  Among this book's wealth of practical information are sample query letters, useful worksheets and checklists, hundreds of examples , sample scenes , and straightforward explanations of screenwriting fundamentals. The 7th edition is chock-full of new examples, the latest practices , and new material on non-traditional screenplay outlets.

  • Author: David Trottier
  • Publisher: Silman-James Press; 7th edition (August 30, 2019)
  • Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Movies
  • ISBN: 978-1935247210
  • Dimensions: 8.25 x 1 x 10.75 inches


5. Film Directing: Shot by Shot - 25th Anniversary Edition: Visualizing from Concept to Screen

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Movie Reference - August 2021

Shot by Shot is the world’s go-to directing book, now newly updated for a special 25th Anniversary edition! The first edition sold over 250,000 copies, making it one of the bestselling books on film di-recting of all time. Aspiring directors, cinematographers, editors, and producers, many of whom are now working professionals, learned the craft of visual storytelling from Shot by Shot, the most com-plete source for preplanning the look of a movie. The book contains over 800 photos and illustrations, and is by far the most comprehensive look at shot design in print, containing storyboards from movies such as Citizen Kane, Blade Runner, Dead-pool, and Moonrise Kingdom. Also introduced is the concept of A, I, and L patterns as a way to sim-plify the hundreds of staging choices facing a director in every scene. Shot by Shot uniquely blends story analysis with compositional strategies, citing examples then il-lustrated with the storyboards used for the actual films. Throughout the book, various visual ap-proaches to short scenes are shown, exposing the directing processes of our most celebrated au-teurs ― including a meticulous, lavishly illustrated analysis of Steven Spielberg’s scene design for Empire of the Sun.

  • Author: Steve D. Katz
  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions; Anniversary edition (April 29, 2019)
  • Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Movies
  • ISBN: 978-1615932979
  • Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 9.9 inches


6. Harry Swotter: A Harry Potter Quiz Book

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Movie Reference - August 2021

2021 BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARDS - WINNER - ACTIVITY BOOK On a scale from one to ten, how obsessed with the Harry Potter films are you? About nine and three-quarters? Thought so. Inside this book you will find 400 questions covering all 8 of the Harry Potter movies. Questions are separated into 25 individual quizzes, there are 15 rounds on general knowledge and 10 rounds on specific subjects such as: School Houses Quidditch Spells Patronus Anagrams Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them Questions range from Siriusly easy to Riddikulusly difficult. There’s also a round of tiebreakers to settle any disputes. Will you score 10 points for Gryffindor or will you Slytherin to last place?

  • Author: Rich Jepson
  • Publisher: Independently published (September 9, 2017)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Crafts & Hobbies
  • ISBN: 978-1549697135
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.25 x 9 inches


7. The Wes Anderson Collection

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Movie Reference - August 2021

This  New York Times  bestselling overview of Wes Anderson's filmography features previously unpublished behind-the-scenes photos, artwork, and ephemera, with an introduction by Michael Chabon. Writer/director Wes Anderson guides movie/television critic Matt Zoller Seitz through Anderson's life and career in a hardcover book-length conversation, woven together with original illustrations and production images from  Bottle Rocket ,  Rushmore ,  The Royal Tenenbaums ,  The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou ,  The Darjeeling Limited ,  Fantastic Mr. Fox , and  Moonrise Kingdom . The result is a meticulously designed book that captures and reflects the spirit of Wes Anderson's movies: melancholy, playful, wise, and wonderfully unique. Also available from Matt Zoller Seitz: The Oliver Stone Experience , The Wes Anderson Collection: Bad Dads , The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel , and Mad Men Carousel .

  • Author: Matt Zoller Seitz
  • Publisher: Abrams Books; Illustrated edition (October 8, 2013)
  • Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Movies
  • ISBN: 978-0810997417
  • Dimensions: 10 x 1.13 x 12 inches


8. VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever 2021: The Complete Guide to Movies on VHS, DVD, and Hi-Def Formats

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Movie Reference - August 2021

Containing the most extensive listing of movies available on home video and DVD - more than 29,000 in all - and a multitude of cross-referencing within its seven primary indexes and two guides, each new edition includes 1,000 new movies, expanded indexing, a fresh new introduction and more of the beloved categories.

  • Author: Gale Research Inc
  • Publisher: Gale Research Inc; 2021st edition (November 27, 2020)
  • Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Movies
  • ISBN: 978-0028676982
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 2.75 x 11 inches


9. MI6 Spy Skills for Civilians: A former British agent reveals how to live like a spy - smarter, sneakier and ready for anything

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Movie Reference - August 2021

JAMES BOND IS THE FANTASY. HERE'S THE REALITY. - Written by a former SAS officer and MI6 operative for Her Majesty's Secret Service - Details more than 100 skills, tips and techniques employed by spies to get the job done - Packed with fascinating information about real-world spies and their cinematic counterparts - Foreword written by a director of the James Bond film franchise MI6 Spy Skills for Civilians shows you how to master the skills of a British agent in order to protect yourself and others, be sneakier and handle any situation - even if it involves escaping from a hostile foreign country. Inside you'll find dozens of real secret agent skills and tips detailed and explained, often with helpful illustrations to clarify how they’re done. Sections covered include: - Surveillance - Safe Travel Tips - Dead Letter Boxes - Brush Contacts - Self Defense - Innocuous and Natural Weapons - Intelligence Gathering - Subterfuge - Covert Methods of Entry - Insertion and Extraction Techniques - And much more! The book covers more than 100 tips and techniques in all, as detailed by Red Riley, a former SAS and MI6 operative. It's invaluable information formerly available only to a select few - and now it's available to you, too! Includes a foreword by Ian Sharp, action director of the classic James Bond film Goldeneye.

  • Author: Red Riley
  • Publisher: Media Lab Books (March 10, 2020)
  • Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Movies
  • ISBN: 978-1948174404
  • Dimensions: 5.58 x 0.64 x 8.52 inches


10. The Filmmaker's Handbook, 2013 Edition

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Movie Reference - August 2021

THIS IS ACTUALLY THE NEWEST 2019 EDITION (FIFTH) - the date above is wrong.  The Filmmaker's Handbook is the authoritative guide to producing, directing, shooting, editing, and distributing your video or film. Whether you aspire to be a great filmmaker or are looking for a gift, this comprehensive guide is the first step in turning a hobby into a career. Widely acknowledged as the bible of video and film production, and used in courses around the world, The Filmmaker's Handbook is now completely updated with the latest advances. For students and teachers, professionals and novices, this indispensable handbook covers all aspects of movie making. Techniques for making dramatic features, documentaries, and short videos and films. Shooting with DSLRs, video, film, and digital cinema cameras. In-depth coverage of lenses, lighting, sound recording, editing, and mixing. Understanding HDR, RAW, Log, 4K, UHD, and other formats. Learning the business aspects of funding and producing your project. Getting your movie shown in theaters, on television, streaming services, and online

  • Author: Steven Ascher
  • Publisher: Plume; 4th 2013, Revised, Updated ed. edition (January 1, 2013)
  • Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Movies
  • ISBN: 978-0452297289
  • Dimensions: 6.02 x 1.77 x 8.97 inches