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Professional Level Books

American Cinematographer Manual, 6th Edition
The purpose of this handbook is to provide technical data for the tools and materials of cinematography and explain those data when desirable. Designed to be used as a quick reference in the field, each of the tools and materials relates to one or more of the others and this relation is cross referenced. Some chapters cover an introduction to the more exotic techniques of cinematography with which the practicing cinematographer should have at least some familiarity.

American Society of Cinematographers

Edited by Fred H. Detmers


ASC Press

ISBN 0-935578-07-2

402 pages

Film Scheduling, or, How long will it take to shoot your movie? 1st Edition
How to create a production board, shot-by-shot, day-by-day to turn a shooting schedule into a workable production schedule

Ralph S Singleton


Lone Eagle Pub

ISBN 0-943728-11-8

224 pages

Film Scheduling / Film Budgeting Workbook
This is a workbook companion to Film Scheduling and Film Budgeting, to be used as a Do-It-Yourself Course on professional motion picture production. It contains the entire screenplay to Francis Coppola’s Academy Award nominated film, “The Conversation”, to read, breakdown and board. There are also many types of professionally designed production forms.

Ralph S Singleton


Lone Eagle Publishing Co.

ISBN 0-943728-07-X

298 pages
The Filmmaker's Handbook
A comprehensive, fully illustrated guide to film production--with expert information and advice for commercial and independent filmmakers, students, and teachers of film. This extraordinary guide to filmmaking provides the complete technical know-how needed to make and produce a film. Whether you are a professional moviemaker or a novice, it will answer your questions and analyze the decisions you’ll face. The authors discuss the techniques appropriate to fiction, documentary, industrial or experimental films, you will learn about the possibilities and limitations of various formats.

E. Pincus, & S. Ascher


Plume, New American Library

ISBN 0-452-25526-0

434 pages
Independent Film Making
This is considered the “classic text in the field of filmmaking”. It is a complete guide to 8mm, super 8 - single 8 and 16mm and includes a chapter on Video for the Filmmaker.

Lenny Lipton


Simon & Shuster

ISBN 0-671-46258-X

445 pages
Introduction to Film Editing
This book takes readers inside the cutting room of a TV and motion picture production company. It teaches techniques and procedures used by top post production departments and examines editing work environments and careers. Step by step instructions - easily understood language.

Bernard Balmuth


Focal Press

ISBN 0-240-51717-2

248 pages
Professional Camerman's Handbook
The book teaches basic film camera procedures and troubleshooting techniques. It also looks at all the components, accessories (including lenses), and support systems. Details the step-by-step use of most film cameras.

Verne and Sylvia Carlson

1981 HC

Butterworth Publishers

ISBN 0-240-51782-2

575 pages
The Stage Lighting Handbook, 3rd Edition
This popular guide to stage lighting, is widely accepted as the standard work on the subject. It explains the process of designing lighting for all forms of stage production and describes the equipment used.

Francis Reid


Theatre Arts Books

ISBN 0-87830-988-8

176 pages
The Technique of Film Editing
Though The Technique of Film Editing has not been revised since 1968, it is still the single most comprehensive and engaging volume on film editing. Karel Reisz and Gavin Millar introduce readers to every aspect of the editor's craft. They provide a concise history of editing and describe editing style as it applies to every genre of moviemaking, including the many types of narrative and documentary films. The particular demands of wide-screen filmmaking, cinema vérité, and the avant-garde are also covered. Reisz and Millar's account of the differences between smooth and abrupt editing and their remarkable sense of editing for dramatic effect rather than for realism make this book an essential for apprentice editors, as well as for those who want to know how filmmakers understand their work.

Karel Reisz & Gavin Millar


Focal Press

ISBN 0-240-50846-7

411 pages
The Technique of Lighting for Television & Motion Pictures
It starts from very basic information such as the nature of light to delve into specific details. For example it talks about facial features and how light affects their appearance through shadows, etc.
Another great feature is that it gives images of an object or a scene under different types of illumination. Then there are long captions that describe how the scene was illuminated in each picture and what the results are.  It contains very practical information such as how to light a grand piano, or how to avoid camera shadows and other common errors.  It also talks about the actual design and eventual execution of the lighting and about lighting instruments and their use in specific conditions.  Tons of diagrams help understanding and each of them is carefully explained.

Gerald Millerson


Focal Press

ISBN 0-240-52292-1

391 pages
Television Production Handbook
This classic, best-selling text introduces students to the basic skills required in all aspects of television production, including camera and studio, field equipment and production, and multicamera directing, all while emphasizing the latest production techniques and technology, such as audio workstations, non-linear editing, and HDTV. This text introduces cutting edge developments in the field, while maintaining its name as the reference text for the TV Production course.

Herbert Zettl


Wadsworth Publishing Co.

ISBN 0-534-01464-X

614 pages