Read a Good Book Lately?

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

Meraxes Soneu
I've been reading Lem

I'm reading short stories by Lem and I love the chaos in them. It's science fiction but not the type where the alien speaks English and wears exotic clothes but where we can't even communicate. We don't know the senses they could have or how they could perceive reality, and they don't know anything...

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Brian Alan DeLaney

That sounds awesome. Is it anything like "Story of Your Life"?

John Michael German
Five Good Books

Dear Stage32:

These are not books I have read recently, but they are good books in my opinion.

1. Better Each Day - Jessica Cassidy .

2. The Power - Rhonda Byrne.

3. The Magic - Rhonda Byrne.

4. The Secret - Rhonda Byrne.

5. Four Agreements - Don Miguel Ruiz.

I think people are in search of that elusive, a...

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Myron DeBose

I'm a Syd Fields fan. His book are so helpful and part of my process.

True And False. Heresy and Common Sense For The Actor. David Mamet.

One of the best books on the craft. I literally carry this with me everywhere, open to any page and guaranteed a pearl of wisdom.

Andrew Pallett

I've recently been through On Directing Film (just posted a topic mentioning it!), will definitely add this to my list! Thanks for the recommendation.

Edit Better By Jeff Bartsch

Hello everyone in the filmmaking world. How are things going? If you are looking for a really good book to read and get some helpful tips to make your film edits better. I encourage everyone to read "Edit Better" by Jeff Bartsch. Not only does this book give tips but it gives the reader motivation t...

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Kerry Morgan
Guilty pleasure and craft books

My favorite guilty pleasure read on the film industry is The Devil's Guide to Hollywood by Joe Eszterhas. I think his experience in the industry, the players and discussing screenwriting will either make a person run screaming out of Hollywood or make you dig your heels in deeper and just do it. It'...

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Keith Hopkins
On Writing by Stephen King

Even though he's writing about his experience crafting novels, I found Stephen King's book, "On Writing," to be extremely helpful in my approach to writing screenplays.

https://www.amazon.com/Writing-10th-Anniversary-Memoir-Craft/dp/14391568......

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Kerry Morgan

Funny you should mention King's book, I was at a writer's panel in Austin and a gentleman in the crowd suggested it, too. I read a sample of it, but I just haven't sat down and read it, yet.

Keith Hopkins

I can't say enough good things about it. He has a lot of insight about knowing when you should keep your writing to yourself, and when it's time to start showing it to people, and opening yourself up for criticism. He calls it "writing with the door closed" vs "writing with the door open"

William Harrell

the only thing I can remember about this book is when he talks about a large woman who babysat him. She used to sit on his face and fart. really couldn't find any use for this book. There's just so ma...

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N. Arunkumar

Definitely a great book on how to build a story in an organic way.

The Fallen World Series by Laura Thalassa

There are three books in the series, The Queen of All That Dies, The Queen of Traitors, The Queen of All That Lives. I have a few series of books that I like, but this one is by far my favorite. It is one that I do hope to make into a film or series one day. It is very easy to picture it all in your...

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Amanda Toney
A Man Called Ove

I was a little late to the party to reading it, but just finished A Man Called Ove. Such a great Swedish book!

Stephen Foster
My favorite book is "The Artist's Way"

It helped me define my creative life! What is your favorite "bible" for your creative work?

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Aristotle's Poetics but then again Stephen you know I am a writer and you are an actor.

Stephen Foster

Steven Harris Anzelowitz I'm a writer, too! I've written a self-help book for actors, 2 stage plays, endless screenplays...

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

I did not know this!! Very cool!!

William Harrell

I recommend the Len Golden translation with commentary by O.B. Hardison.

Suzanne Bronson
A Little Bit Wicked by Kristin Chenoweth

She is funny, honest, self deprecating and has the career I have always wanted.

Becky Nader Rose

I recently finished reading Burton on Burton. It was a really interesting insight of Tim Burton and his film making process. I definitely recommend it to anyone who is a fan of him.

Any one have any recommendations of other books by film makers?

"Getting Past Anxiety, an inspirational novel to reclaim your life"

Great fictional story of a character named Stella who took the alternative route in healing her anxiety with a transformative healer. Must read!!!

Eric Rudnick
Books That Have Saved My Life

Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad by Brett Martin - Entertaining & thorough look at the last 15 years of TV - how some amazing shows were conceived, developed, sold, & made. Moviemakers' Master Class by Laurent Tirar...

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Richard "RB" Botto

Some great suggestions here, Eric. Thank you!

Stephen Foster

I love 'The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron & "Think & Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill. Those are the foundation books for me!

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