Top 10 Best Books to Read in Film & Television - August 2021

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

1. In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing, 2nd Edition

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Film & Television - August 2021

In the Blink of an Eye is celebrated film editor Walter Murch's vivid, multifaceted, thought -- provoking essay on film editing. Starting with what might be the most basic editing question -- Why do cuts work? -- Murch treats the reader to a wonderful ride through the aesthetics and practical concerns of cutting film. Along the way, he offers his unique insights on such subjects as continuity and discontinuity in editing, dreaming, and reality; criteria for a good cut; the blink of the eye as an emotional cue; digital editing; and much more. In this second edition, Murch reconsiders and completely revises his popular first edition's lengthy meditation on digital editing (which accounts for a third of the book's pages) in light of the technological changes that have taken place in the six years since its publication.

  • Author: Walter Murch
  • Publisher: Silman-James Press; 2nd edition (August 1, 2001)
  • Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Movies
  • ISBN: 978-1879505629
  • Dimensions: 5.68 x 0.51 x 8.44 inches


2. Looking at Movies (Sixth Edition)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Film & Television - August 2021

Students love watching movies. Help them understand why. Building on students’ enthusiasm for movies, this text is more successful than any other at motivating students to understand and analyze film. In the new Sixth Edition, author Dave Monahan has thoroughly revised the book for clarity and currency, while adding new interactive learning tools to support student learning. The best book and media package for introductory film just got better.

  • Author: Dave Monahan
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Sixth edition (December 1, 2018)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Humanities
  • ISBN: 978-0393674699
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches


3. Cinematography: Theory and Practice: Image Making for Cinematographers and Directors

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Film & Television - August 2021

The world of cinematography has changed more in the last few years than it has since it has in 1929, when sound recording was introduced. New technology, new tools and new methods have revolutionized the art and craft of telling stories visually. While some aspects of visual language, lighting and color are eternal, shooting methods, workflow and cameras have changed radically. Even experienced film artists have a need to update and review new methods and equipment. These change affect not only the director of photography but also the director, the camera assistants, gaffers, and digital imaging technicians. Cinematography: Theory and Practice covers both the artistry and craftsmanship of cinematography and visual storytelling. Few art forms are as tied to their tools and technology as is cinematography. Take your mastery of these new tools, techniques, and roles to the next level with this cutting-edge roadmap from author and filmmaker Blain Brown. Whether you are a student of filmmaking, just breaking into the business, currently working in the industry and looking to move up to the next level, or an experienced professional who wants to update their knowledge of tools and techniques, this book provides both a basic introduction to these issues as well as more advanced and in-depth coverage of the subject. The companion website features additional material, including lighting demonstrations, basic methods of lighting, using diffusion and other topics. Topics Include: Visual language Visual storytelling Continuity and coverage Cameras and digital sensors Exposure techniques for film and video Color in-depth Understanding digital images Waveform monitors, vectorscopes, and test charts Using linear, gamma, and log encoded video Image control and grading on the set The tools and basics of film lighting ASC-CDL, ACES and other new methods Optics and focus Camera movement Set operations Green screen, high speed and other topics.

  • Author: Blain Brown
  • Publisher: Routledge; 3rd edition (September 15, 2016)
  • Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Movies
  • ISBN: 978-1138940925
  • Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 11 inches


4. The Filmmaker's Eye: Learning (and Breaking) the Rules of Cinematic Composition

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Film & Television - August 2021

This is the only book that combines conceptual and practical instruction on creating polished and eloquent images for film and video with the technical know-how to achieve them. Loaded with hundreds of full-color examples, The Filmmaker's Eye is a focused, easy-to-reference guide that shows you how to become a strong visual storyteller through smart, effective choices for your shots. After a short introduction to basic principles, a variety of shots are deconstructed in the following format: Why It Works: an introduction to a particular type of shot How It Works: callouts point out exactly how the shot works the way it does--the visual rules and technical aspects in action Technical Considerations: the equipment and techniques needed to get the shot. Breaking the Rules: examples where the "rules" are brilliant subverted This book: Helps you make smart visual choices with this quick, focused, and visual guide to cinematic composition. Shows you how to master the rules, then break them. 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  • Author: Gustavo Mercado
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1st edition (September 15, 2010)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Humanities
  • ISBN: 978-0240812175
  • Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches


5. The Hollywood Standard: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style (Hollywood Standard: The Complete & Authoritative Guide to)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Film & Television - August 2021

The Hollywood Standard describes in clear, vivid prose and hundreds of examples how to format every element of a screenplay or television script. A reference for everyone who writes for the screen, from the novice to the veteran, this is the dictionary of script format, with instructions for formatting everything from the simplest master scene heading to the most complex and challenging musical underwater dream sequence. This new edition includes a quick start guide, plus new chapters on avoiding a dozen deadly formatting mistakes, clarifying the difference between a spec script and production script, and mastering the vital art of proofreading. For the first time, readers will find instructions for formatting instant messages, text messages, email exchanges and caller ID.

  • Author: Christopher Riley
  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions; 2nd edition (August 1, 2009)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Humanities
  • ISBN: 978-1932907636
  • Dimensions: 8.44 x 0.57 x 10.92 inches


6. The Complete Film Production Handbook, Fourth Edition (American Film Market Presents)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Film & Television - August 2021

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 everything you'll need (including all the forms, contracts, releases and checklists) to set up and run a production--from finding a production office to turning over delivery elements. Even if you know what you're doing, you will be thrilled to find everything you need in one place. If you're not already working in film production, but think you'd like to be, read the book -- and then decide. If you choose to pursue this career path, you'll know what to expect, you'll be prepared, and you'll be ten steps ahead of everyone else just starting out. New topics and information in the fourth edition include: * Low-budget independent films, including documentaries and shorts * Information specific to television production and commercials * The industry's commitment to go green and how to do it * Coverage of new travel and shipping regulations * Updated information on scheduling, budgeting, deal memos, music clearances, communications, digital production, and new forms throughout * This guide to production management is on every producer's shelf and will save you time, money, and hassles * Hundreds of forms, contracts, and checklists available to print and use on your production * New edition is fully updated with information about low-budget productions and much more!

  • Author: Eve Light Honthaner
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 4th edition (March 26, 2010)
  • Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Movies
  • ISBN: 978-0240811505
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.23 x 10.88 inches


7. The Visual Story, Second Edition: Creating the Visual Structure of Film, TV and Digital Media

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Film & Television - August 2021

If you can't make it to one of Bruce Block's legendary visual storytelling seminars, then you need his book! Now in full color for the first time, this best-seller offers a clear view of the relationship between the story/script structure and the visual structure of a film, video, animated piece, or video game. You'll learn how to structure your visuals as carefully as a writer structures a story or a composer structures music. Understanding visual structure allows you to communicate moods and emotions, and most importantly, reveals the critical relationship between story structure and visual structure. The Visual Story offers a clear view of the relationship between the story/script structure and the visual structure of a film, video, or multimedia work. An understanding of the visual components will serve as the guide to strengthening the overall story. The Visual Story divides what is seen on screen into tangible sections: contrast and affinity, space, line and shape, tone, color, movement, and rhythm. The vocabulary as well as the insight is provided to purposefully control the given components to create the ultimate visual story. For example: know that a saturated yellow will always attract a viewer's eye first; decide to avoid abrupt editing by mastering continuum of movement; and benefit from the suggested list of films to study rhythmic control. The Visual Story shatters the wall between theory and practice, bringing these two aspects of the craft together in an essential connection for all those creating visual stories. Bruce Block has the production credentials to write this definitive guide. His expertise is in demand, and he gives seminars at the American Film Institute, PIXAR Studios, Walt Disney Feature and Television Animation, Dreamworks Animation, Nickelodeon Animation Studios, Industrial Light & Magic and a variety of film schools in Europe. The concepts in this book will benefit writers, directors, photographers, production designers, art directors, and editors who are always confronted by the same visual problems that have faced every picture maker in the past, present, and future. * Now in full color! * Written by a renowned producer, visual consultant, and teacher * The material in this books applies to any kind of visual story, including films, animated pieces, video games, and television.

  • Author: Bruce Block
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 2nd edition (November 7, 2007)
  • Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Movies
  • ISBN: 978-0240807799
  • Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.2 x 0.7 inches


8. Directing the Story: Professional Storytelling and Storyboarding Techniques for Live Action and Animation

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Film & Television - August 2021

Francis Glebas, a top Disney storyboard artist, teaches artists a structural approach to clearly and dramatically presenting visual stories. They will learn classic visual storytelling techniques such as conveying meaning with images and directing the viewer's eye. Glebas also teaches how to spot potential problems before they cost time and money, and he offers creative solutions on how to solve them. * Uses the classic story of '1001 Arabian Nights' to show how to storyboard stories that will engage an audience's attention and emotions. * With 1001 drawings in graphic novel format plus teaching concepts and commentary. * All of the storyboarding examples have a real project context rather to engage a very visual audience on their own terms and teaches through demonstration.

  • Author: Francis Glebas
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1st edition (October 23, 2008)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Graphic Design
  • ISBN: 978-0240810768
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 10.8 x 0.8 inches


9. The Film Experience

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Film & Television - August 2021

Enjoy a more poignant film experience by diving into the details which built modern-day cinema as Film Experience combines, technology, business, the visual language of film, and its history into a single, cohesive presentation of this ever-evolving medium.

  • Author: Timothy Corrigan
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's; Fifth edition (November 10, 2017)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Humanities
  • ISBN: 978-1319059514
  • Dimensions: 8.38 x 0.74 x 10.92 inches


10. Film Art: An Introduction

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Film & Television - August 2021

Film is an art form with a language and an aesthetic all its own. Since 1979, David Bordwell ,  Kristin Thompson and now, Co-Author, Jeff Smith's  Film Art has been the best-selling and most widely respected introduction to the analysis of cinema. Taking a skills-centered approach supported by examples from many periods and countries, the authors help students develop a core set of analytical skills that will enrich their understanding of any film, in any genre. In-depth examples deepen students' appreciation for how creative choices by filmmakers affect what viewers experience and how they respond. Film Art is generously illustrated with more than 1,000 frame enlargements taken directly from completed films, providing concrete illustrations of key concepts. Along with updated examples and expanded coverage of digital filmmaking, the twelfth edition of Film Art delivers SmartBook, first and only adaptive reading experience currently available, designed to help students stay focused, maximize study time and retain basic concepts.

  • Author: David Bordwell
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 12th edition (January 4, 2019)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Humanities
  • ISBN: 978-1260056082
  • Dimensions: 9 x 2 x 11 inches