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The ACTION/CUT Filmmaking DVD Pro Collection One of the most popular filmmaking seminars in the industry is now available as a 12-hour / 3-DVD collection complete with detailed, production info workbooks. Working director/writer Guy Magar presents this shot-by-shot inside look at the directing craft from A to Z, with an in-depth, audio-visual study of the skills, tools, and craft needed to direct any project from the script, through the shoot to final film. I took this class in person and appreciated Guy's honest presentation of what being a Hollywood director is really all about. This is as close as you can come to apprenticing with a real director/mentor without moving to Hollywood and knowing someone in the business.
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Must Have! An Actor Prepares So much mystery and veneration surrounds the writings of the great Russian teacher and director Stanislavski that perhaps the greatest surprise awaiting a first-time reader of An Actor Prepares is how conversational, commonsensical, and even at times funny this legendary book is. After many productions with the Moscow Arts Company, Stanislavski sought a way to introduce his new style of acting to the world outside of his rehearsal hall. The resulting book is a "mock diary" of an actor describing a series of exercises and rehearsals in which he participates. Rarely has any writer on the theater achieved the sort of lucid and inspired analysis of the acting process as Stanislavski does here, and his introduction of such now-standard concepts as "the unbroken line," "the magic if," and the idea of emotional memory has laid the groundwork for much of the great acting of the 20th century. His original texts remain invaluable, and surprisingly accessible, to any actor, director or student of drama.

(This product is part of The Filmmaker's Basic Library. My carefully selected collection of essential learning resources that cover every aspect of filmmaking.)
Don't Bother! Artistotle's Poetics for Screenwriters This earnest how-to puts a new spin on Aristotle as the master of philosophy, calling him not only the "greatest mind in western civilization," but also the "world's first movie story analyst." Asserting that Aristotle's Poetics has become a standard for constructing movies that reach audiences (and studio heads), Tierno, a director and Miramax story analyst, shows how to apply the basics of the great work to one's own screenplay. Interesting but not required reading.
Recommended Art Of Dramatic Writing For many years, Lajos Egri's very enjoyable The Art of Dramatic Writing has been a well-guarded secret of playwrights, scriptwriters, and writers for television. Unlike many other books on playwrighting (several of which Egri criticizes during the course of this one), the author's systematic breakdown of the essentials for creating successful realistic plays and screenplays effectively demystifies the process of creative writing. Egri, who formulated his thoughts about "a well-made play" during its heyday (the 1940s and '50s), places a premium on an exhaustive analysis of characters and discussion of their psychological motivations. The writer is exhorted to find a premise to explore and to discover which characters will most effectively demonstrate this thesis, then is shown how most effectively to place them into conflict with each other. Basic to understanding how to construct dramatic storytelling.
Must Have! Audio Postproduction for Digital Video Don't listen to the title. It's bigger than the title. Jay Rose deals with every aspect of understanding and handling sound in this unique book along with solutions that are applicable to any platform or program. The book is an education in sound and, together with the numerous photos and diagrams (and Rose's good sense of humor), it's a liberation from the dry prose of most manuals on postproduction. It's a soup-to-nuts guide on how to deal with sound in postproduction and much, much more.

Rose has the rare ability to make the obscure completely understandable as he teaches you from the ground up what sound is, what good sound is, and how to make bad sound better. He illustrates his points with excellent diagrams and an invaluable audio CD included in the back of the book. Anyone considering directing a short or feature, anyone who wants to be even nominally involved in the sound design of their film, and, of course, anyone interested in working in audio postproduction, needs to have a copy of this classic text.

(This product is part of The Filmmaker's Basic Library. My carefully selected collection of essential learning resources that cover every aspect of filmmaking.)
Must Have! The Complete Film Production Handbook If you could only own one comprehensive book on the business of filmmaking (as opposed to the art and technology of making a film) this is the one it should be. Now in an updated and expanded third edition, The Complete Film Production Handbook by film production expert Eve Light Honthaner is a comprehensive, resource packed instructional reference enhanced with essential "need-to-know" ins and outs of the film business, including checklists, example schedules for pre-production and post-production, guidelines for insurance policies, talent management, immigration details applying to actors and other film industry workers crossing national borders, forms used for the Screen Actor's Guild (among others), basic production forms and deal memos, and a companion CD-ROM containing numerous useful documents in easily printable form.

A "must-have" for anyone seriously considering producing a film for the first time, The Complete Film Production Handbook is a practical, accessible, and essential reference for novice filmmakers, and is a highly recommended resource for experienced movie producers, too.

(This product is part of The Filmmaker's Basic Library. My carefully selected collection of essential learning resources that cover every aspect of filmmaking.)
Recommended Cinematic Storytelling: The 100 Most Powerful Film Conventions Every Writer Should Know Dialog is one of the best known and obvious elements in a film. But the language of cinema is more subtle and sophisticated than dialog alone. From Metropolis to Kill Bill, this remarkable reference guide reveals 100 of the most powerful visual storytelling tools of the film medium. It demonstrates how master filmmakers use cinematic devices to pump up action, create characater and energize a motion picture's plot. Conceived as a way for writers to learn the visual language of film this book excels as a reference for all filmmakers trying to find the best way to tell a story in images.

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Must Have! Directing Actors: Creating Memorable Performances for Film & Television There are few great books on directing and none of them cover all aspects of the discipline. Directing Actors is one of the great ones and the best way to learn the most important techniques of getting great performances from your actors. Based on Judith Weston's highly regarded master classes for directors on working with actors, this is essential reading for anyone interested in directing or acting.

Judith Weston's brilliance is to recognize that directors, actors, writers, and technicians are involved in a process that is at essence a collaboration. In order for them to have the best shot at creating something true and meaningful, they must share a language and a method of exchange that fosters creative cooperation. Weston rightly sees the director as the central figure in inspiring the energy of a production's harmony. The book covers the entire process from script analysis, to casting, rehearsal and performance. Highest recommendation.

(This product is part of The Filmmaker's Basic Library. My carefully selected collection of essential learning resources that cover every aspect of filmmaking.)
Recommended Digital Video Production Cookbook Have you ever watched a big-budget Hollywood movie and wondered "How did they do that?" or, perhaps, "How can I do that?" While digital technology greatly simplifies the filmmaking process, there are many tried-and-true production tricks that only those lucky enough to work in the world of high-budget professional film production get to know. The truth is that setting up a car chase, making a realistic-looking alien, staging a fistfight, creating atmospheric lighting, and using special effects are often not as difficult to master as you might think.

Digital Video Production Cookbook will show you how to create sophisticated-looking visual effects, dramatic shots, and powerful sequences using low-cost methods adapted from high-end professional techniques. Author and award-winning filmmaker Chris Kenworthy explains how you can use a digital video camera and basic editing software, to create high-end production values with household equipment and a little imagination.

The book includes easy-to-follow recipes for:

  • Creating bluescreen effects
  • Simulating rain, snow, and other natural phenomena
  • Working with backlighting, simulated candlelight, and special lighting effects
  • Shooting day for night
  • Staging safe stunts, chase scenes, and fistfights
  • Makeup techniques for aging, bruises, and serious injuries
  • Shooting at night
  • Working with camera movement
  • Adding special effects such as laser bolts, holograms, and explosions and much more.
Packed with full-color, step-by-step instructions, inspirational examples, and authoritative information and advice, this book is the ultimate, no-nonsense cookbook for every aspiring digital filmmaker.

(This product is part of The Filmmaker's Basic Library. My carefully selected collection of essential learning resources that cover every aspect of filmmaking.)
Must Have! The Director's Journey: The Creative Collaboration Between Directors, Writers and Actors Although other books go into more detail about specific areas of directing, such as working the visual aspects of the media, this book offers by far the best, and most readable, single description of the film director's job in terms of required preparation and how to build and direct the entire creative team. As a director, you are in the centre of the actors, writers, designers, producers, cameramen, special effects co-ordinators, editors and composers. How do you draw all these talented artists together to share a single vision? How do you express the writer's intentions? And how do you keep the actors' performances fresh? Mark W. Travis takes the mystery out of directing. His refreshing approach will enhance and broaden your directing skills and help you deliver powerful performances and well-conceived cohesive films. Required reading for every aspiring director.

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Dov S-S Simens' Film School DVD This set of DVDs contains the complete, legendary 2-day filmschool class that Quentin Tarantino and Spike Lee credit with starting their careers. I attended Dove Simen's course in person and found it to be, like many successful people in Hollywood, the most useful film class I've ever taken.

If you can't attend in person then view these 16 hours of DVDs to learn all the basics of being an independent film producer. Sure, it costs more than a book but about the same as one class at UCLA film school. Dov presents the real, honest deal on producing films. Everything to inspire you to go from screenwriting, to directing, to editing, to a sold film. You won't regret it ... you might even become as famous as Quentin Tarantino.
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Must Have! DV Filmmaking: From Start to Finish Thanks to the digital revolution, film artists now have a spectacular array of powerful, new, inexpensive tools for creative expression through digital film. DV Filmmaking: From Start to Finish claims to cover the entire production process but three-quarters of this full color, beautifully illustrated book is a wonderful guide to the postproduction/editing process using the latest computer video editing software.

It includes a DVD collection of professionally shot video clips, so the user can read and follow along with the exercises in editing, effects creation, title design, and more. For both Mac and PC users and covers advanced uses of both Final Cut Pro and Adobe After Effects

Written in an engaging, accessible style, DV Filmmaking provides a solid foundation of tremendous value to a beginner, while addressing the fine points of filmmaking with a level of sophistication, detail, and insight that even the most worldly director or educator can appreciate. The author draws upon his years of experience teaching at the college and graduate level, his extensive professional background as a media producer, and his unmistakable love of cinema to create a text that's not only easy to learn from, but also fun to read.
Must Have! The Five C's of Cinematography: Motion Picture Filming Techniques The Bible of Cinematography - The five C's: camera angles, continuity, cutting, close-ups, and composition. This book takes the filmmaker through understanding exactly what goes into getting the best image imaginable onto film. The reason this book stands the test of time is for the same reason classic movies do. This book reaches back to a time when techniques that are now standard and routine were invented and created and will give you a better understanding of the vision of what film makers back in the day were trying to create and communicate. Decades after its first printing, this classic is still a rock-solid primer for understanding the basics of cinematography.

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Must Have! The Filmmaker's Handbook If you could only own one comprehensive book on the techniques of filmmaking this is the one it should be. Universally considered the "bible" of film production, adopted for use in film courses around the world, The Filmmaker's Handbook is the indispensable source of practical information and sound advice on the techniques and technologies needed to make movies.

If film has a language, The Filmmaker's Handbook is your translation guide, dictionary, and phrase book. In over 600 pages, 18 chapters, and nine appendices, the authors detail virtually everything you need to know about filmmaking. There is probably more information here than anyone needs to know, from which lens to choose all the way through final editing and sound mixing. But too much information is not a bad thing. This is the kind of book that a blossoming filmmaker will grow into for many years to come.

(This product is part of The Filmmaker's Basic Library. My carefully selected collection of essential learning resources that cover every aspect of filmmaking.)
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The Hero's 2 Journeys DVD The Hero's 2 Journeys contains 3 DVDs with over 4 1/2 hours of writing techniques and story analysis from Michael Hauge, author of Writing Screenplays that Sell, and Christopher Vogler, author of The Writer's Journey. In this special 3-DVD set, designed for storytellers and filmmakers in all disciplines, these two renowned writers and teachers provide their unique insiders' understanding of the ways story structure, character arc, and theme must combine with myth, archetype, identity, and transformation to touch the widest possible audience.
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Interesting The Hero with a Thousand Faces Originally written by Campbell in the '40s-- in his pre-Bill Moyers days -- and before he became famous as George Lucas' inspiration for "Star Wars," this book will likewise inspire any writer or reader in its well considered assertion that while all stories have already been told, this is *not* a bad thing, since the *retelling* is still necessary. This book has been on the Hollywood required reading list for a couple of decades. His concepts are quoted in every Hollywood meeting.

(This product is part of The Filmmaker's Basic Library. My carefully selected collection of essential learning resources that cover every aspect of filmmaking.)
Recommended Hollywood Distributors Directory The most thorough list of distributors to contact for a theatrical distribution deal. Over 800 companies and 5,000 individuals are listed. A must have for anyone trying to sell or license media of any kind to anyone. Domestic distributors, international distributors, broadcast and cable networks, television syndication, direct to video/DVD, internet distributor, financing companies, publicity companies and film festivals/markets.

(This product is part of The Filmmaker's Basic Library. My carefully selected collection of essential learning resources that cover every aspect of filmmaking.)
Must Have! The Independent Film Producer's Survival Guide: A Business and Legal Sourcebook This is more than a great book--it's a public service. The authors share insights from their decades of legal and entertainment production experience, in essence offering thousands of dollars of free legal advice to aspiring independent producers. Beyond offering a roadmap of business-planning steps, the book includes templates of numerous legal forms that an independent producer might need. Meanwhile, in clear and artful prose, they alternate between You're-Not-God straight talk and You-Can-Do-It encouragement. Between the lines, there seems to be a genuine interest in helping important stories and quality independent work to see the light of day. I've read other books on the business side of entertainment that were helpful, but this stands out as the best of the lot.

(This product is part of The Filmmaker's Basic Library. My carefully selected collection of essential learning resources that cover every aspect of filmmaking.)
Must Have! A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995) The best film directors are also outstanding film scholars with a tremendous depth of film knowledge and understanding of what makes films work. This may be the single-best tool you could ever study to understand how one great cinematic mind realized its vision. Scorsese is selfless in sharing his knowledge and methods. By explaining what makes some of the greatest films of all time great he also shows us how his vision developed. Every would be director needs to go on this journey with Marty.
Must Have! Matters of Light & Depth The author, Ross Lowell, is the founder of Lowell Lights, which is an industry standard. Not only does he make great lights but has produced some amazing work as well. In this book he covers all the basics of lighting as well as many advanced techniques to help out every level of filmmaker.

The book is simple and to the point. The perfect book if you want to shoot your own movie, and need to learn the basics to great lighting. The illustrations and format of the book are amazing. Just buy it!

(This product is part of The Filmmaker's Basic Library. My carefully selected collection of essential learning resources that cover every aspect of filmmaking.)
Recommended Painting with Light Few cinematographers have had as decisive an impact on the cinematic medium as John Alton. Best known for his highly stylized film noir classics T-Men, He Walked by Night, and The Big Combo, Alton earned a reputation during the 1940s and 1950s as one of Hollywood's consummate craftsmen through his visual signature of crisp shadows and sculpted beams of light. No less renowned for his virtuoso color cinematography and deft appropriation of widescreen and Technicolor, he earned an Academy Award in 1951 for his work on the musical An American in Paris.

Painting With Light was the first book on cinematography written by a major Hollywood cameraman. Published in 1949 and now put back into print, it is one of the best references in the field. Written with good humor and full of helpful diagrams and photographs, it is certainly the most entertaining. Painting With Light remains relevant because its primary focus is on light itself and the many complex ways the camera crew can manipulate it.

(This product is part of The Filmmaker's Basic Library. My carefully selected collection of essential learning resources that cover every aspect of filmmaking.)
Recommended Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth An exhilarating journey into the mind and spirit of a remarkable man, a legendary teacher, and a masterful storyteller, conducted by TV journalist Bill Moyers in the acclaimed PBS series. Six hour long episodes include The Hero's Adventure, The Message of the Myth, The First Storytellers, Sacrifice and Bliss, Love and the Goddess, Masks of Eternity. Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth is essential viewing for storytellers of all kinds. One of the greatest interviews ever recorded, this encounter between teacher-mythologist Campbell and student-journalist Bill Moyers covers a galaxy of topics related to Campbell's central themes: Mythology is humanity's universal method of seeking the transcendental, and "follow your bliss" is the timeless formula for spiritual satisfaction.
Recommended The Power of the Actor The first book from the instructor who has coached Charlize Theron, Brad Pitt, Elisabeth Shue, Djimon Hounsou, and Halle Berry, The Power of the Actor is as good a guide to modern acting theory and teaching as you will find. For many of today's major talents, the Chubbuck Technique is the leading edge of acting for the twenty-first century. Ivana Chubbuck has developed a curriculum that takes the theories of the acting masters, such as Stanislavski, Meisner, and Hagen, to the next step by utilizing inner pain and emotions, not as an end in itself, but rather as a way to drive and win a goal.

In addition to the powerful twelve-step process, the book takes well-known scripts, both classic and contemporary, and demonstrates how to precisely apply Chubbuck's script-analysis process. The Power of the Actor is filled with fascinating and inspiring behind-the-scenes accounts of how noted actors have mastered their craft and have accomplished success in such a difficult and competitive field. Highly recommended reading for any filmmaker and required for all actors.

(This product is part of The Filmmaker's Basic Library. My carefully selected collection of essential learning resources that cover every aspect of filmmaking.)
Must Have! Producing Great Sound for Digital Video educates beginning and experienced filmmakers on the intricacies of creating an outstanding soundtrack, from preproduction planning through dialog capture to the final mix. The entire book is fascinating: it's absolutely packed with useful information and tips.

The book presents simple solutions to showstopping problems that, because of lack of experience, beginning filmmakers don't even know they have until getting to the editing room. Digital cameras, inexpensive computers capable of capturing and playing back high-quality digital video, and full-featured editing software offer all kinds of ways to create visual eye candy, but embryonic filmmakers don't always realize that the picture is only half of the story. Producing Great Sound for Digital Video explains how the other half works, what to watch out for, and how to achieve professional results.

(This product is part of The Filmmaker's Basic Library. My carefully selected collection of essential learning resources that cover every aspect of filmmaking.)
Must Have! Rebel Without a Crew: Or How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker With $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player Not because he's the greatest writer or director, but because with every single project he makes you feel that if he can make good movies that people will enjoy watching then you can, too. This is one of the most inspiring books on filmmaking you'll ever read--it depicts, in detail, all the ups and downs that went into making and selling EL MARIACHI, the ultra-low budget sensation that opened doors for Rodriguez. It's years later and people are still talking about the amazing feat Rodriguez pulled off with this film. For the $7,000 he earned from allowing himself to being subjected to medical experiments (I'm not making this up!) he made El Mariachi, got himself noticed and made a sensational career out of his passion.

(This product is part of The Filmmaker's Basic Library. My carefully selected collection of essential learning resources that cover every aspect of filmmaking.)
Must Have! Dov S-S Simens' From Reel to Deal: Everything You Need to Create a Successful Independent Film (Paperback) If you can't afford to buy Dov Simon's DVDs or attend his class in person then at least consider buying the book. It covers the entire process of creating an indie film from inspiration to sale in a concise format. It's probably the best source for any beginning filmmaker's understanding of the real film business. Dov's goal is to inspire you to stop dreaming and get real about taking the steps to becoming a filmmaker. Don't take my word for it ... read the reviews on Amazon.
Recommended Reflections: Twenty-One Cinematographers At Work This is one expensive book, but what a joy! Personal techniques of some of the very best cinematographers of our time, described by them in their own words. Lighting diagrams for many amazing shots and explanations of exactly what made them look so good. Footage examples galore, with many what-if comparisons.

Haskell Wexler on lighting interiors. Vilmos Zsigmond talking about what makes for great portraits, and why "key-to-fill lighting ratios are an important stepping-stone for students but he rarely uses them in his shooting. Laszlo Kovacs talking about the dangers of video assist. Allen Daviau on "why we hate multiple cameras: because we light differently for close-ups." And much more...

This book was put together with love by ASC Press and this also shows in the great color printing and gorgeous paper.

(This product is part of The Filmmaker's Basic Library. My carefully selected collection of essential learning resources that cover every aspect of filmmaking.)
Recommended Sanford Meisner on Acting Meisner, a member of the Theater Guild and the Group Theater, has devoted most of 50 years to teaching acting and is one of the great unsung resources in American theater. This book is not an acting text, but a journal of a 15-month course taken by 16 adult actors. We follow them as they progress from early exercises through preparation to detailed scene work. Meisner emphasizes emotional truth and acting as the reality of doing. His students find the course difficult, but most improve markedly. Not all survive. Meisner is a superb teacher and his enthusiasm is unequalled. This is required reading for all actors and those interested in acting.

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Recommended Save the Cat This is a book that doesn't get bogged down in rules and formulas or rehash the same tired descriptions of plot structure and theory like 90% of screenwriting books. Instead it's full of easy techniques that really work. The funny thing about it is that it all feels like common sense... except it's "common sense" that most of us haven't thought about before! How do you make a "tough guy" character likeable? How do you paint mental pictures when pitching a script? Practical answers abound in this book.

Blake Snyder is a working writer himself, so he can give the reader a true inside glimpse into what it's like, what it takes, and what to expect as a screenwriter. A lot of ground is covered in this breezy, easy reading book that the other books never mention. Absolutely essential information you won't find anywhere else.

(This product is part of The Filmmaker's Basic Library. My carefully selected collection of essential learning resources that cover every aspect of filmmaking.)
Must Have! Screenplay : The Foundations of Screenwriting Screenplay is one of the bibles of the film trade and has launched many a would-be screenwriter on the road to Hollywood. This was the first book published explaining the theory and formula that all screenplays must follow to create a great story. Many revisions later this basic reference is still right-on! Mr. Field is a bit dry and pedantic to my taste but this is the standard work on screenwriting. The basic textbook in many college courses.

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Recommended The Screenwriter's Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script This is more than just the best guide to screenplay formatting. How does a spec script differ from a shooting script? What kind of fasteners should one use to bind a script? How did the term MOS come to mean without sound? You'll find the answers to these questions and much more in David Trottier's eminently usable Screenwriter's Bible. Trottier--a writer-producer, script consultant, and seminar leader--has written a friendly guide through the Hollywood morass. He touts it as six books in one: it's "a screenwriting primer, a screenwriting workbook, a formatting guide, a spec writing guide, a sales and marketing guide, and a resource guide." I just consider it a basic resource for every screenplay writer.

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Must Have! Stein on Writing : A Master Editor of Some of the Most Successful Writers of Our Century Shares His Craft Techniques and Strategies "The best reading experiences," says Sol Stein, "defy interruption." With Stein's assistance, you can grab your reader on page 1 and not let go until "The End." Stein--author of nine novels (including the bestselling The Magician) and editor to James Baldwin, W.H. Auden, and Lionel Trilling--offers "usable solutions" for any writing problem you may encounter. This book is a classic text on novel writing but applies just as well to screenwriting. Stein covers every aspect of good writing with an emphasis on rooting out the boring and mediocre and replacing them with powerful emotion on every page. He also understands the importance of writing efficiently. His chapter on how to do a rewrite is the best explaination I've read. This book will make you a much better writer.

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Recommended Story: Substance, Structure, Style and The Principles of Screenwriting Writing for the screen is quirky business. In Story, McKee puts into book form what he has been teaching screenwriters for years in his extremely popular seminar on screenplay writing, which is considered by many to be a prerequisite to the film biz. McKee is passionate about the art of screenwriting. "No one needs yet another recipe book on how to reheat Hollywood leftovers," he writes. "We need a rediscovery of the underlying tenets of our art, the guiding principles that liberate talent." Story is a true path to just such a rediscovery. In it, McKee offers so much sound advice that it is impossible not to come away feeling immeasurably better equipped to write a screenplay and infinitely more inspired to write a brilliant one. The only thing missing in the book is McKee's entertaining live presentation.

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Recommended The Tipping Point Required reading for anyone trying to understand how to make the most of a small marketing budget. The premise of this facile piece of pop sociology has built-in appeal: little changes can have big effects; when small numbers of people start behaving differently, that behavior can ripple outward until a critical mass or "tipping point" is reached, changing the world. Gladwell's thesis that ideas, products, messages and behaviors "spread just like viruses do" remains a metaphor as he follows the growth of "word-of-mouth epidemics" triggered with the help of three pivotal types. These are Connectors, sociable personalities who bring people together; Mavens, who like to pass along knowledge; and Salesmen, adept at persuading the unenlightened.

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Must Have! Writing for Emotional Impact: Advanced Dramatic Techniques to Attract, Engage, And Fascinate the Reader from Beginning to End The main reason audiences go to the movies is to have an emotional experience. Yet, Karl Iglesias' book is the only screenwriting book devoted to the subject. He does an excellent job of explaining how easily an audience can be made to connect to your story. You will recognize the truth of what he says and wonder why you didn't understand and know how to do it all along. This book was long overdue and should be read by every writer/filmmaker.

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Must Have! The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide Essential reading! The recent boom in independent filmmaking has been both a boon and an added challenge for aspiring directors. Chris Gore, editor of Film Threat magazine, has written the Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide to help the aspiring auteur rise above the tide. The book is chock-full of necessary, practical down-and-dirty advice on what to do and how to do it. Every aspect of submitting to and attending film festivals is covered, from an exhaustive listing of festivals and their entry deadlines (the Turku, Finland, Lesbian and Gay Film Festival deadline is in July, so get cracking) to what to wear to the industry party you'll be crashing along with a dozen tried and proven techniques to get you into any party. Chris never loses his sense of fun and humor while he freely dispenses a treasure trove of serious info.

This is the one-and-only book you have to read long before you send in that festival submission.

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Recommended Uta Hagen's Acting Class (2000) Of all the great teachers of acting around, none are as clear and true as Uta Hagen. These two dvds cover a condensation of two semesters of her master acting classes. Pretty much all the points mentioned in her books (if you decide to invest in this dvd, you might also consider purchasing her newest book: "Challenge For The Actor", which is essentially a revision and expansion of her first book: "Respect For Acting") are covered, if you pay close attention. No matter what your level of ability may currently be, you should benefit from watching this. In addition, you may find it entertaining! All performing artists should find this enlightening. Directors will benefit enourmously. The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide Essential reading! The recent boom in independent filmmaking has been both a boon and an added challenge for aspiring directors. Chris Gore, editor of Film Threat magazine, has written the Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide to help the aspiring auteur rise above the tide. The book is chock-full of necessary, practical down-and-dirty advice on what to do and how to do it. Every aspect of submitting to and attending film festivals is covered, from an exhaustive listing of festivals and their entry deadlines (the Turku, Finland, Lesbian and Gay Film Festival deadline is in July, so get cracking) to what to wear to the industry party you'll be crashing along with a dozen tried and proven techniques to get you into any party. Chris never loses his sense of fun and humor while he freely dispenses a treasure trove of serious info.

This is the one-and-only book you have to read long before you send in that festival submission.

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Must Have! The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers At the beginning of The Writer's Journey, Christopher Vogler tells us that "all stories consist of a few common structural elements found universally in myths, fairy tales, dreams, and movies." But there's no doubt that Vogler's notion, based on psychological writings by Carl Jung and the mythmaking philosophy of Joseph Campbell, has been profoundly influential on filmmaking. Screenwriters use the concepts in Vogler's volume to understand why certain scenarios sell, and to discover a blueprint for creating mythic stories of their own. Vogler's text is more readable and more directly applicable to filmmaking than Campell's classic text and therefore my recommended way to acquire the essential understanding of the the Hero's Journey.

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