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Short Films 2.0

Appendix A


Books on Directing:


Directing 101 by Ernest Pontiff

(Studio City, CA: Michael Wise Productions, 1999)


Direct Actors: Creating Memorable Performances for Film and Television by Judith Weston

(Studio City, CA: Michael Wise Productions, 1996)


Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics by Michael Rabiger

(Newton, MA: Focal Press, 1997)


Film Directing Shot by Shot by Stephen D. Katz

(Studio City, CA: Michael Wise Productions, 1991)


The Film Director’s Intuition: Script Analysis and Rehearsal Techniques by Judith Weston

(Studio City, CA: Michael Wise Productions, 2003)


Making Movies by Sidney Lumen

(New York, NY: Vintage Books, 1996)



Books on Producing:


The Art of Film Funding: Alternative Financing Concepts by Carole Lee Dean

(Studio City, CA: Michael Wise Productions, 2007)


Film & Video Budgets by Deke Simon and Michael Wiese

(Studio City, CA: Michael Wise Productions, 2001)


Independent Feature Film Production: A Complete Guide From Concept Through Distribution by Gregory Goodell.

(New York, NY: St. Martin’s Griffin, 1998)


The Reel Truth: Everything You Didn’t Know You Need to Know About Making an Independent Film by Reed Martin

(New York, NY: Faber and Faber, Inc., 2009)


This Business of Film: A Practical Guide to Achieving Success in the Film Industry by Stephen R. Greenwald and Paula Landry

(New York, NY: Lone Eagle, 2009)



Books on Filmmaking (technical):


Cinematography Theory and Practice: Image Making for Cinematographers, Directors, and Videographers by Blair Brown

(Burlington, MA: Focal Press, 2002)


The Filmmaker’s Handbook: A complete Guide for the Digital Age by Steven Ascher and Edward Pincus

(New York, NY: PLUME, 2013)


Master Shots by Christopher Kenworthy

(Studio City, CA: Michael Wise Productions, 2012)



Books on Writing:


Bird by Bird: Some Instructions of Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

(New York, NY: Archer Books, 1995)


Lew Hunter's Screenwriting 434: The Industry's Premier Teacher Reveals the Secrets of the Successful Screenplay by Lew Hunter

(New York, NY: Perigee Books, 1993)


The Plot Thickens: 8 Ways to Bring Fiction to Life by Noah Lukeman

(New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press, 2002)


The Screenwriter’s Problem Solver: How to Recognize, Identify, and Define Screenwriting Problems by Syd Field

(New York, NY: Dell Trade Paperback, 1998)


Story by Robert McKee

(New York, NY: Harper Entertainment, 1997)


On Writing by Stephen King

(New York, NY: Scribner, 2000)


Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence by Lisa Cron

(Berkley, CA: Ten Speed Press, 2012)


Writing Short Films: Structure and Content for Screenwriters by Linda J. Cowgill

(New York, NY: Lone Eagle, 2005)

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