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#FoylesFive: Making Movies

22nd February 2017 - Magdalena Gudmundsdottir

#FoylesFive: Making Movies


For all you budding film makers out there, be it future auteur or big blockbuster hotshot, Magdalena's list will get you headed in the right direction.


The award season is here! As you cheer when the films you love win, or shout when they don't (I can't be the only one who does that) some of you will be thinking: I want to be the one making the films. To aid you in your film making pursuits, here are five books we'd recommend.


Get Started in Film Making by Tom Holden

This book is part of the Teach Yourself series and is a great practical introduction for complete beginners. It covers all the basics of film-making in an easy to understand and fun way. I particularly liked the 'insight' bits scattered throughout the book, and the tips and handy information are incredibly helpful.


Screen Writing for Dummies by Laura Schellhardt and John Logan

The Dummies series is brilliant: the expert writers take difficult and wide- ranging subjects and break them down into clear and straightforward books. They have often taught me new things, saved me from failing essays and stopped me looking like a know-nothing. The Screenwriting for Dummies is a practical guide but doesn't take the writing-by-number approach, instead it focuses on story and characters.


Documentaries ….and How To Make Them by Andy Glynne

Best Documentary feature is often the forgotten category of the awards but it is also the category that showcases some truly brilliant work. So why not make a documentary, we have the right book for you. Documentaries …. and How To Make Them, is an in-depth but clear guide that leaves no question unanswered. Both a journalist's and film maker's guide.


On Film-Making by Alexander Mackendrick

Alexander MacKendrick, acclaimed Ealing Studio director and all-round genius, has given us the definitive film making book. The Whisky Galore and Lady Killers director shares with us his vast insight into the world of storytelling through film. The book also includes an introduction by Martin Scorsese.


The Best Film You've Never Seen by Robert K Elder

There is perhaps no better way to learn about film than to listen to directors talking about them. This book interviews 35 directors, including John Woo, Danny Boyle and Guillermo Del Toro, on films they love but which are under- appreciated. It's a fascinating and addictive read. 




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