There is one filmmaking book that I can't live without.
Filmmaking For Teens, by Troy Lanier and Clay Nichols, got me so excited and inspired that I called up Shay right away and told her, “You have to get this book!”
Straight-forward, humorous, and practical -- this book will take you step-by-step through the making of your first short film. From brainstorming ideas, writing the script, auditioning actors, and making story-boards, to, scheduling your filming sessions, camera techniques, editing, and organizing a premiere for your finished film. Ever dream of making your own movie? This book will definitely inspire you to take action!
Many filmmaking or screenwriting books I have read were really meant for adults. It’s hard to find good, practical, easy-to-understand books about filmmaking for kids or teens. When I chanced on this one, I knew I had discovered something amazing.
I strongly recommend this book for kids ages 10 and up who are interested in making a film. If you want to make movies, this is the book to get. If you’re just interested in how movies are created you won't find it as helpful.
This book has been my coveted manual since Shay and I started brainstorming ideas for our first project. Already getting a little dog-eared, this book will continue to stay in my hand every step of the way -- hopefully from my desk to the movie set and beyond! Stay tuned...
What books or websites about filmmaking, screenwriting or movies do you like? I would love some new suggestions!