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Explore our top 10 Filmmaking books of 2018

As the year draws to a close and we start looking forward to a fresh new year, here are our top 10 most popular books in Filmmaking to help you start 2019 on the right page. 

Top 10 Filmmaking Bestsellers

  • The Makeup Artist Handbook

    Techniques for Film, Television, Photography, and Theatre, 3rd Edition

    By Gretchen Davis, Mindy Hall

    Learn first-rate techniques and tips from some of the best makeup artists in the business in the new edition of The Makeup Artist Handbook. Renown makeup pros Gretchen Davis and Mindy Hall bring an impressive set of experience in all areas to the book, including work on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles…

    Paperback – 2017-07-28
    Routledge

  • The Filmmaker's Guide to Visual Effects

    The Art and Techniques of VFX for Directors, Producers, Editors and Cinematographers, 1st Edition

    By Eran Dinur

    The Filmmaker’s Guide to Visual Effects offers a practical, detailed guide to visual effects for non-VFX specialists working in film and television. In contemporary filmmaking and television production, visual effects are used extensively in a wide variety of genres and formats to contribute to…

    Paperback – 2017-04-10
    Routledge

  • Art of the Cut

    Conversations with Film and TV Editors, 1st Edition

    By Steve Hullfish

    Art of the Cut provides an unprecedented look at the art and technique of contemporary film and television editing. It is a fascinating "virtual roundtable discussion" with more than 50 of the top editors from around the globe. Included in the discussion are the winners of more than a dozen Oscars…

    Paperback – 2017-03-03
    Routledge

  • Documentary Storytelling

    Creative Nonfiction on Screen, 4th Edition

    By Sheila Curran Bernard

    Documentary Storytelling has reached filmmakers and filmgoers worldwide with its unique focus on the key ingredient for success in the growing global documentary marketplace: storytelling. This practical guide reveals how today’s top filmmakers bring the tools of narrative cinema to the world of…

    Paperback – 2015-12-23
    Routledge

  • Directing the Documentary

    6th Edition

    By Michael Rabiger

    Directing the Documentary, Sixth Edition is the definitive book on the form, offering time-tested principles to help you master the craft. Ideal for documentary courses as well as aspiring and established documentary filmmakers, this book has it all, with in-depth lessons and insider perspectives…

    Paperback – 2014-08-22
    Routledge

  • Directing

    Film Techniques and Aesthetics, 5th Edition

    By Michael Rabiger, Mick Hurbis-Cherrier

    This comprehensive manual has inspired tens of thousands of readers worldwide to realize their artistic vision and produce well-constructed films. Filled with practical advice on every stage of production, this is the book you will return to throughout your career.  Directing covers the methods,…

    Paperback – 2013-01-22
    Routledge

  • Special Makeup Effects for Stage and Screen

    Making and Applying Prosthetics, 2nd Edition

    By Todd Debreceni

    Transforming an actor into a character for film or theater takes a great deal of skill, prowess, and creativity, and in this new edition, author Todd Debreceni empowers you with just those qualities. From his years of film, TV, and theatrical experience, he shows you tips and techniques that will…

    Paperback – 2013-01-07
    Routledge

  • The Filmmaker's Eye

    Learning (and Breaking) the Rules of Cinematic Composition, 1st Edition

    By Gustavo Mercado

    This is the only book that combines conceptual and practical instruction on creating polished and eloquent images for film and video with the technical know-how to achieve them.Loaded with hundreds of full-color examples, The Filmmaker's Eye is a focused, easy-to-reference guide that shows you how…

    Paperback – 2010-09-01
    Routledge

  • Set Lighting Technician's Handbook

    Film Lighting Equipment, Practice, and Electrical Distribution, 4th Edition

    By Harry Box

    Comprehensive. Detailed. Practical. Set Lighting Technician's Handbook, Fourth Edition, is a friendly, hands-on manual covering the day-to-day practices, equipment, and tricks of the trade essential to anyone doing motion picture lighting, including the lamp operator, rigging crew, gaffer, best boy…

    Paperback – 2010-08-02
    Routledge

  • The Complete Film Production Handbook

    4th Edition

    By Eve Light Honthaner

    This book is for working film/TV professionals and students alike. If you're a line producer, production manager, production supervisor, assistant director or production coordinator--the book has everything you'll need (including all the forms, contracts, releases and checklists) to set up and run…

    Paperback – 2010-03-12
    Routledge
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