Film Books, Spring 2017

The joy of going back to the routine of classes is quickly squashed by the reality of buying the countless mandatory reads for class.

Here is a list of my required (and just highly recommended) reading list for this semester. Stay tuned for my thoughts and observations on each in May.

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Shooting to Kill: How an Independent Producer Blasts Through the Barriers to Make Movies that Matter, Christine Vachon and David Edelstein

     The Movie Business Book, Jason E. Squire


      Hollywood Reporter



     Media Redefined

Picture, Lillian Ross (Highly Recommended)

      Sex, Lies and Videotape, Stephen Soderbergh (Highly Recommended)

Spike Lee’s Gotta Have It, Spike Lee (Highly Recommended)

The Conquest of the Useless, Werner Herzog (Highly Recommended)

Notes: The Making of Apocalypse Now, Eleanor Coppola (Highly Recommended)

Final Cut: Art, Money, and Ego in the Making of Heaven’s Gate, the Film that Sank United Artists, Steven Bach (Highly Recommended)

Hello, He Lied,  Lynda Obst (Highly Recommended)

Sleepless in Hollywood, Lynda Obst (Highly Recommended)

Memo from David O. Selznick, David O.Selznick ed. Rudy Beholder (Highly Recommended)

    Dealmaking in the Film and Television Industry, Mark Litwak (Highly Recommended)

Producer to Producer, Maureen Ryan (Highly Recommended)

    So You Want to Be a Producer, Lawrence Thurman (Highly Recommended)


      Screenwriter’s Compass, Guy Gallo

     Dan O’Bannon’s Guide to Screenplay Structure, Dan O’Bannon with Matt Lohr (Highly Recommended)

The Art of Adaptation: Turning Fact and Fiction into Film, Linda Seger (Highly Recommended)


     In The Blink of an Eye, Walter Murch

World History of Cinema:

 The Oxford History of World Cinema, Geoffrey Nowell-Smith


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