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Welcome to the Routledge Filmmaking Catalog

Our filmmaking books are filled with practical hands-on information, dealing with cutting-edge and converging technologies and written by the best in the business. No matter what your filmmaking interest is or your skill level, we have the tools to help you master your craft.

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  • Sound Design for Low & No Budget Films

    By Patrick Winters

    Don’t let your indie film be sabotaged by bad sound! One of the weakest technical aspects of a low or no budget short or feature film is usually the sound, and in Sound Design for Low and No Budget Films, author Patrick Winters explains what filmmakers need to do to fix that. Learn how to improve…

    Paperback – 2017-01-23
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  • Shoot, Edit, Share

    Video Production for Mass Media, Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations

    By Kirsten Johnson, Jodi Radosh

    Shoot, Edit, Share is an interactive, accessible introduction to video production techniques, concepts, and terminology. With the increasing availability of affordable video equipment, many students and professionals need to learn the basics of video production without being overwhelmed by…

    Paperback – 2016-11-04
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  • The Screenwriter's Path

    From Idea to Script to Sale

    By Diane Lake

    The Screenwriter’s Path takes a comprehensive approach to learning how to write a screenplay—allowing the writer to use it as both a reference and a guide in constructing a script. A tenured professor of screenwriting at Emerson College in Boston, author Diane Lake has 20 years' experience writing…

    Paperback – 2016-10-13
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  • Casting Revealed

    A Guide for Film Directors, 2nd Edition

    By Hester Schell

    Casting is an essential component of any film or video project, but the core skill-set needed to cast effectively is little understood. Casting Revealed: A Guide for Film Directors is a straightforward manual on the art and craft of casting. Here, director Hester Schell offers her insider…

    Paperback – 2016-09-07
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  • The Cheerful Subversive's Guide to Independent Filmmaking

    From Preproduction to Festivals and Distribution

    By Dan Mirvish

    In The Cheerful Subversive’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking, celebrated Slamdance Film Festival co-founder Dan Mirvish offers a rich exploration of the process and culture of making low-budget, independent films. Once labelled a "cheerful subversive" by The New York Times, Mirvish shares his…

    Paperback – 2016-09-01
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  • Hollywood Sound Design and Moviesound Newsletter

    A Case Study of the End of the Analog Age

    By David Stone

    As film students and younger fans experience "Big Hollywood Sound" in Imax presentations and digital theaters, many are also discovering action and adventure movies made well before they were born. There is a legacy to be enjoyed in the sound of these films: Blockbuster movies of the ‘80’s, and ‘90…

    Hardback – 2016-08-29
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  • 3D Filmmaking

    Techniques and Best Practices for Stereoscopic Filmmakers

    By Celine Tricart

    A visual book for the visual artist, 3D Filmmaking: Techniques and Best Practices for Stereoscopic Filmmakers provides a comprehensive overview of the theory, language, and methods behind stereoscopic 3D filmmaking, all in one package. Celebrated 3D filmmaker Celine Tricart explores every facet of…

    Paperback – 2016-08-09
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  • The Movie Business Book

    4th Edition

    Edited by Jason E Squire

    Drawing from a variety of experts in an industry that has seen major disruptions and technology advancements since the third edition, The Movie Business Book offers a comprehensive, authoritative overview of this fascinating, global business. A must-read for film students and industry newcomers,…

    Paperback – 2016-08-01
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  • Bring the Funny

    The Essential Companion for the Comedy Screenwriter

    By Greg DePaul

    A sharp, funny book about comedy screenwriting from a successful screenwriter that uses recent – as in this century – movies you've actually seen as examples. Greg DePaul (Screenwriter, Bride Wars, Saving Silverman) has sold scripts to Miramax, Fox, Disney, New Line, Sony, MGM and Village…

    Paperback – 2016-07-26
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  • Corporate Video Production

    Beyond the Board Room (And Out of the Bored Room), 2nd Edition

    By Stuart Sweetow

    In this updated edition of Corporate Video Production, Stuart Sweetow teaches aspiring and seasoned videographers how to make imaginative corporate videos with eye-catching designs, rhythmic editing tricks, and essential scriptwriting and interview techniques. Readers will learn how to shoot on…

    Paperback – 2016-07-22
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  • Developing Story Ideas

    The Power and Purpose of Storytelling, 3rd Edition

    By Michael Rabiger

    The vast majority of screenplay and writing books that focus on story development have little to say about the initial concept that inspired the piece. Developing Story Ideas: The Power and Purpose of Storytelling, Third Edition provides writers with ideational tools and resources to generate a…

    Paperback – 2016-07-21
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  • The Strategic Producer

    On the Art and Craft of Making Your First Feature

    By Federico Arditti Muchnik

    Today’s technologies and economic models won’t settle for a conventional approach to filmmaking. The Strategic Producer: On the Art and Craft of Making Your First Feature combines history, technology, aesthetics, data, decision-making strategies, and time-tested methods into a powerful new approach…

    Paperback – 2016-07-05
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  • Producing for Profit

    A Practical Guide to Making Independent and Studio Films

    By Andrew Stevens

    In Producing for Profit: A Practical Guide to Making Independent and Studio Films, Andrew Stevens provides real-world examples and his own proven techniques for success that can turn passion into profit. Far more than just theory, the book outlines practical applications that filmmakers of all…

    Paperback – 2016-06-22
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    American Film Market Presents

  • Camera Audio Simplified

    Location Audio for Camera Operators

    By Dean Miles

    You’ve spent a lot of time learning how to use the features of your video camera to take amazing pictures, but chances are the audio always gives you trouble! Today, with production budgets shrinking, many are being asked to go-it-alone and sound is a frequent pain point that can drag production…

    Paperback – 2016-06-22
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  • Directors Tell the Story

    Master the Craft of Television and Film Directing, 2nd Edition

    By Bethany Rooney, Mary Lou Belli

    Move over, movies: the freshest storytelling today is on television, where the multi-episodic format is used for rich character development and innovative story arcs. Directors Tell the Story, Second Edition offers rare insight and advice straight from two A-list television directors whose credits…

    Paperback – 2016-04-14
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  • Production House Cinema

    Starting and Running Your Own Cinematic Storytelling Business

    By Kurt Lancaster

    In Production House Cinema: Starting and Running Your Own Cinematic Storytelling Business, renowned video storyteller Kurt Lancaster offers both students and professionals a practical guide to starting their own video production company and creating cinematic, client-based video content. Utilizing…

    Paperback – 2016-04-13
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  • Documentary Voice & Vision

    A Creative Approach to Non-Fiction Media Production

    By Kelly Anderson, Martin Lucas

    Learn the creative and technical essentials of documentary filmmaking with Documentary Voice & Vision. This comprehensive work combines clear, up-to-date technical information, production techniques and gear descriptions with an understanding of how technical choices can create meaning and…

    Paperback – 2016-04-06
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  • Script Partners: How to Succeed at Co-Writing for Film & TV

    2nd Edition

    By Matt Stevens, Claudia Johnson

    Some of the greatest movies and television series have been written by script partners. Script Partners, Second Edition brings together the experience, knowledge, and winning techniques of Hollywood’s most productive partnerships—including Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild…

    Paperback – 2016-04-05
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  • The Hair Stylist Handbook

    Techniques for Film and Television

    By Gretchen Davis

    Achieve professional quality hair results with this full-color, comprehensive book from award-winning hair and makeup pros, Gretchen Davis and Yvette Rivas. In The Hair Stylist Handbook: Techniques for Film and Television, you’ll learn how to create that sought-after "complete look" by learning the…

    Paperback – 2016-03-18
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  • Beyond Spatial Montage

    Windowing, or the Cinematic Displacement of Time, Motion, and Space

    By Michael Betancourt

    Beyond Spatial Montage: Windowing, or the Cinematic Displacement of Time, Motion, and Space offers an extended discussion of the morphology and structure of compositing, graphic juxtapositions, and montage employed in motion pictures. Drawing from the history of avant-garde and commercial cinema,…

    Hardback – 2016-03-08
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  • Story Money Impact: Funding Media for Social Change

    By Tracey Friesen

    Story Money Impact: Funding Media for Social Change by Tracey Friesen is a practical guide for media-makers, funders, and activists who share the common goal of creating an impact with their work. Today, social-issues storytellers are sharpening their craft, while funders with finite resources…

    Paperback – 2016-03-02
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  • The Art of Short Form Content

    From Concept to Color Correction

    By Bryan Cook

    The Art of Short Form Content: From Concept to Color Correction is an in-depth examination of the craft of creating short form filmic content – a category which includes television commercials, music videos, television promos, movie trailers, digital billboards, corporate videos, and pretty much…

    Paperback – 2016-02-25
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  • After Effects Apprentice

    Real-World Skills for the Aspiring Motion Graphics Artist, 4th Edition

    By Chris Meyer, Trish Meyer

    Whether you’re new to After Effects and want to get up to speed quickly, or already a user who needs to become familiar with the new features, After Effects Apprentice was created for you. With 12 core lessons including a trio of projects combining After Effects with CINEMA 4D Lite, you’ll learn…

    Paperback – 2016-02-17
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    Apprentice Series

  • 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
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