I’ve been studying film and television in school for some years now, so as a result I’ve amassed quite a collection of film and TV-related books. Here’s part 1 of my recommended media texts list – and you can expect a number of these posts in the future since there are so many books that I’ve found to be truly invaluable.
Although I’ve linked each book to Amazon, buy locally if you can find them at your community’s bookstore!
Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need by Blake Snyder: Save the Cat! is, indeed, the last book on screenwriting you’ll ever need. The book includes information on high concept ideas, genre-play, beat sheets, and even a bit of pitching advice. It contains basically everything you need to know about coming up with an idea, writing your script, re-writing your script, and getting it sold.
Designs on Film: A Century of of Hollywood Art Direction by Cathy Whitlock: There was a point during college when I thought that I wanted to be a production designer, so my boyfriend got me this book as a gift. Whether you’re interested in pursuing design as a career, love classical Hollywood films, or simply like looking at beautifully designed sets, this book is perfect for your coffee table or bedside.
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock ‘n’ Roll Generation Saved Hollywood by Peter Biskind: As a fan of 1970’s American film (and the filmmakers who made those films), I love love love this book. It’s salacious and gossip-filled, but that’s kind of what makes Easy Riders, Raging Bulls so much fun.
101 Things I Learned in Film School by Neil Landau and Matthew Frederick: I even went to film school and this book still comes in handy. 101 Things I Learned in Film School nearly sums up everything I learned in film school, except some stuff you can only learn on set and actually dealing with people. Regardless, it’s a nice text to own.
TV Peaks: Twin Peaks and Modern Television Drama by Andreas Halskov: I just had to include a Twin Peaks book in my first round of book recommendations! TV Peaks explores the ways in which Lynch and Frost’s iconic series transformed the television landscape, and includes interviews with the cast and crew, as well as television scholars and fans.
What are some of your go-to film & TV related books? Stay tuned for part 2!