Read a Good Book Lately?

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

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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Bruce Forsyth's Autobiography, Brucie

Am currently reading Bruce Forsyth's autobiography Brucie, and am thoroughly enjoying it.

Vasco Phillip de Sousa
Hollywood Animal, Joe Ezsterhas

I hated Eszterhas's films as a kid, but as I went to the movies almost every week (sometimes twice or three time) I couldn't avoid them. I remember being extremely disappointed in Jade, after hearing great reviews. When I realised all the films I most despised (Jade, Showgirls, Sliver) were by the s...

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Vasco Phillip de Sousa

Alessandro, obviously, you didn't read the book, and have no idea what he was doing it for.

at least armchair quarterbacks actually watch the game.

Ardua de Potomac

I just love seeing these two beautiful names in print: Vasco Phillip de Sousa and Alessandro Machi!

Alessandro Machi

Vasco Phillip de Sousa. I know who Ezsterhas is, I read a couple of articles about him years ago and he grumbled about how his work was changed and that it got to the point where it became more about...

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Vasco Phillip de Sousa

Alessandro, if you read his books, you'll see him tell a cautionary tale of someone who subcontracted writers, and the trouble that led to.

He was recruited into the industry. He's not a producer, but...

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Amanda Toney
Bad Blood

Bad Blood by John Carreyrou. It's not industry related, but it's non-fiction that reads like fiction about the rise and fall of Theranos (Silicon Valley medical company). They're making it into a movie with Jennifer Lawerence to play the CEO. Fascinating read.

Ronald Atkinson
The Godfather Notebook

As many of you already know, Francis Ford Coppola started out with The Godfather by reading the book. He then took that book and created his own prompt book filled with notes. He basically said he relied more so on that than he did when writing the actual screenplay. This notebook showed me so much...

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Amanda Toney

Love this post Ronald, I'm just seeing it now. I actually have this stored on my kindle for the summer.

Barkskins by Annie Proulx

To the core of Barkskins is the message of reverence for all living things.

Ross Hartmann
Notes on The Anatomy of Story

I finished reading The Anatomy of Story and put together some notes for other screenwriters (The full notes are at

Here's the gist:

- A story's moral argument, or theme, is the exploration and consequent answer(s) to the question, "What's the proper way to live in...

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Chereze Booysen

I am currently reading the Anatomy of the story and watching Masterclass Shonda Rhimes. Also learning to Raise it written by Ken Davenport. He is awesome. If you do not know him, you should?

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