Read a Good Book Lately?

Read a good book about your craft? Or just a good book in general? Share it here.

Rowen Bridler
I recommend, Michael Caine's "Blowing the Bloody Doors Off"

Definitely a fascinating read. It gives you an insight as to working class values in a bygone era of film and theatre. He's got some good life lessons in there, even though things have changed hugely since he started out. I enjoyed his previous book, 'Acting In Film' but this is less about technique...

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Debbie Croysdale

Hi @Rowen. Yes I agree, I have all Michael Caine’s books and this has some insights the others don’t. Times have changed in film and media since he started out, but people are still people, and I admire his empathy. I have always been a fan, Alfie and Get Carter are legend.

Mike Hammari
Crowdsourcing for Filmmakers

I say I read, but I really do audiobooks. Today I was pleasantly surprised to find Richard Botto's book 'Crowdsourcing for Filmmakers' finally on Audible. I haven't had a chance to read it yet but for a few weeks now I've been considering buying the paperback and actually using my eyes to read. Than...

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Crowdsourcing for Filmmakers
Crowdsourcing for Filmmakers
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Michael Gallegos
Recommend reading "Powerhouse" by James Andrew Miller

Hi Folks;

I took a book read recommend from RB and found it one of the best reads:

"Powerhouse" by James Andrew Miller.

To 'pay the recommend forward', I also recommend it to everyone in creative business.

As a handy reference for more information and a photograph of, for example, the "Dramatis P...

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Mike Hammari
The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies

I don't remember when I used an Audible credit to get this book. I just noticed it in my library the other day and decided it was going to be my book that week. Fantastic book about the contemporary studio system for somebody that is not actually part of it. I had a passing knowledge of Marvel Studi...

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Mike Hammari

And the author was Ben Fritz. I don't think I mentioned that.

Debbie Croysdale
Occasional Light and Fun Reads

Most of my network here know I read deep and serious stuff but after working around the clock, concentrating too much on my own writing, I sometimes pick up a Neo noir comic. Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips have a huge following in USA and I manage to get most of their editions from haunting Indie boo...

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Steven Harris Anzelowitz

It was written by Tom Malloy who wanted to find a way to finance his own films. He has come up with a system that works and to date has made 4 films. Whether you are an Actor, Writer or Director and you want to DIY reccomend this book.

Valyo Gennoff
Total Recall

Hi, everyone. I'm currently reading Arnold Schwarzenegger's autobiography, "Total Recall." I can absolutely recommend it to all those, who want inspiration and encouragement. Especially for foreigners like me, (with regards to the American film industry). An awesome read!

Vasco Phillip de Sousa
Mr Small, (Mr Men series)

Yes, I know I've mentioned novels on this site before, like Zola, and Shakespeare, but children's books can also teach you a thing or two.

Mr Small, and Mr Strong, but have a problem. They can't find jobs they are suited for. Mr Small is too Small, Mr Strong breaks everything.

The thing is, while we a...

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Willem Lodewijk Elzenga

That's nice. I thought a lot of this while working on my debut feature. On one hand its a strength to come in new with an Original idea and everything, on the other hand so many people turn you down b...

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Vasco Phillip de Sousa

I meant they "both have a problem." Probably some other typos. Sorry.

Willem Lodewijk Elzenga I know what you mean by creativity. So many un-creative people pretend to work in film, or even find work i...

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Vasco Phillip de Sousa
The Glam Scam

It's an old book, from 1994. It's subtitle is "Successfully avoiding the casting couch and other talent and modelling scams."

It's aimed primarily at actors.

I've had this book for years, but I've started reading it again. Wow, there were so many tragedies that could have been avoided if it were more...

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Alessandro Mastroianni
On The Track - A Guide to Contemporary Film Scoring

This book is a classic for film composers, I started reading it years ago in the library of Berklee College of Music as a student and I finally managed to get it and finish it.

A real masterpiece, full of examples and important contributions.

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Gary Pozner

It is a very good book. I taught a film scoring course based on it!

Emily Pascal
My recent recommendations

I currently finished The Slight Edge. It's been around forever so I'm sure lots of folks have read it. Great advice for staying focused and driven. Currently I'm reading The Body Is Not An Apology. It's a fantastic read about developing radical self-love and understanding how our culture shapes our views of ourselves and the others around us.

Ardua de Potomac
"Circe" by Madeline Miller

Amazingly modern interpretation of a Greek myth about a demi-goddess who becomes a witch! This is quite a feminist tour de force about the struggle to break free from the constraints of patriarchal family and the larger forces of social control (here, the gods of Olympus). The writing style is fairl...

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