Keith’s Filmmaking Book Reading List

I’m trying to create a list of books that I consider to be essential reading for the aspiring or working filmmaker. You can read my original filmmaking book recommendations, and you can find any new posts at my blog’s “film books" tag page.

These are the books that are currently in my “to read” pile. If there’s a book that you think I should read, and it’s not already in the “to read” pile and I haven’t already blogged about it, please let me know on Twitter. Most of these books were recommended by people following me on Twitter.

  • The Art of Cinema by Jean Cocteau and Robin Buss
  • What Is Cinema? Vol. 1 by Andre Bazin
  • Sculpting in Time: Tarkovsky by Andrey Tarkovsky and Kitty Hunter-Blair
  • The World of Star Trek by David Gerrold
  • How Not to Write a Screenplay: 101 Common Mistakes Most Screenwriters Make by Denny Martin Flinn
  • Thinking in Pictures: The Making Of The Movie Matewan by John Sayles
  • Man with a Camera by Nestor Almendros
  • Good Scripts, Bad Scripts: Learning the Craft of Screenwriting Through 25 of the Best and Worst Films in History by Tom Pope
  • If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor by Bruce Campbell
  • The Men Who Would Be King: An Almost Epic Tale of Moguls, Movies, and a Company Called DreamWorks by Nicole LaPorte
  • Losing the Light: Terry Gilliam and the Munchausen Saga by Andrew Yule
  • Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner by Paul M Sammon
  • The Declaration of Independent Filmmaking: An Insider’s Guide to Making Movies Outside of Hollywood by Mark Polish, Michael Polish, and Jonathan Sheldon
  • Final Cut: Art, Money, and Ego in the Making of Heaven’s Gate, the Film That Sank United Artists by Steven Bach
  • A Certain Tendency of the Hollywood Cinema, 1930-1980 by Robert B Ray
  • The Popeye Story by Bridget Terry
  • The Battle of Brazil: Terry Gilliam v Universal Pictures in the Fight to the Final Cut by Jack Mathews
  • Kings of the Bs by Todd McCarthy and Charles Flynn
  • Masters of Light: Conversations with Contemporary Cinematographers by Dennis Schaefer and Larry Salvato

Finished Reviews!