Recommended Texts
Here are the three books we have chosen as required texts: they are listed in Yellow. The Pincus-Asher book is a general-purpose production reference text: if you want to get a head start on your reading, start here. The Cleve book is an excellent text.. "What they don't teach you" is just good reading with lots of great advice and humor. The required texts will be available from the bookstore. Some of the suggested reading will be there. All of them are available on the web through the usual outlets. Please note the addition of " Film Directing: Shot by Shot." All of the information on this page was cribbed from

Film Production Management by Bastian Cleve

Paperback - 240 pages 2nd edition (November 15, 1999)
Focal Press; ISBN: 0240803930

Film Production Management details the steps involved in bringing a screenplay to the screen: organizing, staffing, budgeting, scheduling, securing locations, shooting and postproduction. In addition to offering practical, hands-on help in dealing with each of these steps, this book also covers such issues as contracts,. . .

What They Don't Teach You at Film School by Camille Landau, Tiare White

Paperback - 244 pages 1 Ed edition (August 2000)
Hyperion (Adult Trd Pap); ISBN: 0786884770

Whether it's raising money or cutting your budget; dealing with angry landlords or angry cops; or jump-starting the production or stalling it while you finish the script, these strategies are delivered with funny, illustrative anecdotes from the authors' experiences and from veteran filmmakers eager to share their stories. Irreverent, invaluable, and a lot cheaper than a year's tuition, this friendly guide is the smartest investment any future filmmaker could make.

The Filmmaker's Handbook : A Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age by Steven Ascher, Edward Pincus et. al.

Paperback - 614 pages Rev&Updtd edition (March 1999) Plume; ISBN: 0452279577

For the first time since its publication in 1984, The Filmmaker's Handbook--the classic volume highlighting the techniques and technologies needed for the creation and production of movies--has been completely revised and updated. Written by filmmakers for filmmakers, this essential text now includes the latest information on digital age filmmaking, where the shifting boundaries between film, video, and computer systems have introduced a wide range of methods and equipment every filmmaker must..

Film Scheduling or: How Long Will It Take to Shoot Your Movie? by Ralph Singleton

Paperback - 244 pages 2nd edition (April 1991)
Lone Eagle Publishing Company; ISBN: 0943728398

"Detailing step-by-step how one creates a production board, shot-by-shot, day-by-day, set-by-set to turn a shooting script into a workable production schedule... For every film production student and most professionals." -- LOS ANGELES TIMES

Film Directing Shot by Shot : Visualizing from Concept to Screen by Steven D. Katz

Paperback - 325 pages (July 1991) Focal Press; ISBN: 0941188108

Film Directing Shot by Shot offers a good introduction to the rudiments of film production. Steven D. Katz walks his readers through the various stages of moviemaking, advising them at every turn to visualize the films they wish to produce. Katz believes that one of the chief tasks of filmmaking is to negotiate between our three-dimensional reality and the two-dimensionality of the screen. He covers the number of technical options filmmakers can use to create a satisfying flow of shots, a continuity that will make sense to viewers and aptly tell the film's story. Katz provides in-depth coverage of production design, storyboarding, spatial connections, editing, scene staging, depth of frame, camera angles, point of view, and the various types of stable compositions and moving camera shots.


Independent Feature Film Production by Gregory Goodell

Paperback - 483 pages Rev&Updtd edition (April 1998)
St. Martin's Press; ISBN: 0312181175

"This book is a must. It is a straightforward, insightful, and articulate account of what it takes to make a successful feature film." --Ridley Scott

Matters of Light & Depth by Ross Lowell

Paperback - 224 pages Reissue edition (June 1992)
Lowell Light Mfg Co; ISBN: 1879174030

"As a teacher, I particularly value several chapters, such as Lighting by Numbers, In Broad Daylight, Dynamic Lighting of Static Subjects, Shedding Light, and Lights-On Lessons. These sections are teeming with the kind of applied wisdom that students are starving for. I enjoyed reading it; better yet, I learned a lot from it." --Charles Merzbacher, professor, New York University, Department

Film Budgeting or: How Much Will It Cost to Shoot Your Movie? by Ralph Singleton

Paperback (September 1996)
Lone Eagle Publishing Company; ISBN: 0943728657

The companion book to the best-selling Film Scheduling, Film Budgeting takes the reader through the steps of converting a motion picture schedule to a professional motion picture budget. Included is an actual budget to Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation as an example, complete with footnotes, glossary and index. When used in conjunction with its companion workbook, The Film Scheduling/Film Budgeting Workbook, Film Budgeting can comprise a do-it-yourself course on motion picture budgeting. . .