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Recommended Filmmaking Books

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Recommended Filmmaking Books

A few recommended books for filmmaking training in your own home.

There is information in print on almost every aspect of filmmaking but a few bibles for your shelves might include:

Filmmakers Yearbook 2007
By Tricia Tuttle
A handy reference guide to the film industry, listing contact information for all sections of the film world from development to exhibition and distribution. It also includes interesting articles written by industry professionals on topics such as 'Contracts', 'Creating a Distribution Plan', 'Submitting a Film to a Festival' and 'Alternative Distribution'.

Writers' and Artists' Yearbook 2007 Foreword by Ian Rankin Writers' and Artists' Yearbook 2007 (marking the 100th edition of the yearbook) is a bestselling guide to markets in all areas of the media. It includes information on a huge range of topics such as book and magazine publishing; poetry; television and radio; theatre; literary and art agents; picture research; societies, prizes and festivals; writers and artists online, copyright; and finance.

The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook and the Film Producers Toolkit
By Chris Jones and Genevieve Joliffe
A guide to low-budget moviemaking in the UK (and around the world) featuring a step-by-step guide to the filmmaking process from pre- to post-production and Q & A's with industry experts. The accompanying CD-ROM contains draft contracts, production templates and accounting programs.

The Film Finance Handbook - How To Fund Your Film
By Adam P. Davies, Nicol Wistreich & James MacGregor
A great reference guide to funding for anyone making films, from low budget shorts to multi-million pound international co-productions, published by Netribution. It includes case studies and interviews, listings of film funding organisations and opportunities as well as information on how to use the web for fundraising, marketing and distribution.

Get Your Documentary Funded and Distributed
By Jess Search & Melissa McCarthy (Shooting People)
A comprehensive funding and distribution guide for anyone working in the world of documentary filmmaking. It was compiled and published by the independent filmmaking community, Shooting People, and is full of practical advice and information on: how the commissioning process works; what funding opportunities are available; which festivals are interested in documentaries and who the main distributors are.

Get Your Short Film Funded, Made and Seen
By Shooting People (edited by Trica Tuttle)
A comprehensive funding, exhibition and distribution guide for anyone working or looking to work in short filmmaking. It was compiled and published by the independent filmmaking community, Shooting People, and is full of practical advice and information from leading industry figures including about: commissioning, funding schemes, production, screenings and distribution.

The Ultimate Filmmaker's Guide to Short Films: Making it Big in Shorts
By Kim Adelman
A step-by-step guide through the process of making a short film, packed with advice on production, exhibition and distribution. However, the information provided does focus upon the American industry and so will not relate to the experience of UK filmmakers at all times.

In Short: A Guide to Short Filmmaking in the Digital Age
By Eileen Elsey and Andrew Kelly
Part history, part status report, part manual - this BFI publication is full of information on distribution, funding, exhibition, festivals, training and publication.

Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking
By Elliot Grove
Elliot Grove is the founder of the British Independent Film Awards, and the founder and director of the Raindance Film Festival. Through his regular Raindance seminars and courses, he has famously lectured to a number of aspiring filmmakers, who subsequently struck it big with films such as Memento and My Big Fat Greek Wedding. This book is packed with tips on filmmaking for the little guy, from making fake blood to securing distribution with the big players.

Motion Blur: onedotzero
By onedotzero
Motion Blur explores the new graphic landscape of moving image. With a strong focus on graphic design and digitally-manipulated film, the book profiles and investigates the work of 28 cross-media artists from around the world. It also includes a DVD of music videos, shorts, idents, titles and commercials.

Movie Speak
Ever been perlexed by the array of jargon uttered on movie sets? Movie Speak is a humorous guide to the secret language of movie-making, compiled by Tony Bill, the Oscar®-winning producer of The Sting.
Workman Publishing - Movie Speak

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For more recommended reading, including where to read about filmmaking on the web and in print, see our Related Links: Recommended Reading.

For useful film glossaries and definitions of filmmaking terms, see our Related Links: Glossaries as well as our glossary.

To find out more about film training, see our Filmmaking Guide: Training as well as our Related Links: Training.

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