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Best Directing Books Worth Your Attention

Here is a list of the best Directing books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

1. Directing, Fifth Edition: Film Techniques and Aesthetics (2012)

 Best Directing Books Worth Your AttentionThis 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, technologies, thought processes, and judgments that a director must use throughout the fascinating process of making a film. It emphasizes low-cost digital technology, which allows cutting-edge creativity and professionalism on shoestring budgets. And, recognizing that you learn best by doing, the book…
Author(s): Michael Rabiger, Mick Hurbis-Cherrier

2. Notes on Directing: 130 Lessons in Leadership from the Director’s Chair (2018)

 Best Directing Books Worth Your AttentionSome years ago, Frank Hauser, then a retired freelance director, and writer Russell Reich, his former student, self-published Notes on Directing in hardcover. It was immediately acclaimed as “a gem-witty and full of insight;” “so sensible, so complete, and so right;” and “amazingly illuminating” by the likes of Judi Dench, Edward Albee, and Terry Teachout. Gathered over Frank Hauser's long career, and polished to a sharp edge by Russell Reich, the 130 "Notes" address a wide range of topics, from understanding the script and defining the director's role, to…
Author(s): Frank Hauser, Russell Reich

3. Directing Actors: Creating Memorable Performances for Film & Television (1999)

 Best Directing Books Worth Your AttentionInternationally-renowned directing coach Weston demonstrates what constitutes a good performance, what actors want from a director, what directors do wrong, script analysis and preparation, how actors work, and shares insights into the director/actor relationship. #23,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #134 in Literary Movements & Periods #25 in Movie Direction & Production #21 in Video Direction & Production (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Judith Weston

4. Film Directing Shot by Shot: Visualizing from Concept to Screen (Michael Wiese Productions) (1991)

 Best Directing Books Worth Your AttentionA complete catalogue of motion picture techniques for filmmakers. It concentrates on the ‘storytelling’ school of filmmaking, utilizing the work of the great stylists who established the versatile vocabulary of technique that has dominated the moviessince 1915. This graphic approach includes comparisons of style by interpreting a ‘model script’, created for the book, in storyboard form. #80,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #11 in TV Direction & Production #93 in Movie Direction & Production #87 in Video Direction & Production (Books) Would you like…
Author(s): Steven D. Katz

5. On Directing Film (1992)

 Best Directing Books Worth Your AttentionCalling on his unique perspective as playwright, screenwriter, and director of his own critically acclaimed movies like House of Games, State and Main, and Things Change, David Mamet illuminates how a film comes to be. He looks at every aspect of directing—from script to cutting room—to show the many tasks directors undertake in reaching their prime objective: presenting a story that will be understood by the audience and has the power to be both surprising and inevitable at the same time. Based on a series of classes Mamet taught at Columbia University’s film school, On Directing Film will be…
Author(s): David Mamet

6. Film Directing Fundamentals: See Your Film Before Shooting (2017)

 Best Directing Books Worth Your AttentionFilm Directing Fundamentals gives the novice director an organic methodology for realizing on-screen the full dramatic possibility of a screenplay. Unique among directing books, Nicholas Proferes provides clear-cut ways to translate a script to the screen. Using the script as a blueprint, the reader is led through specific techniques to analyze and translate its components into a visual story. A sample screenplay is included that explicates the techniques discussed. Written for both students and entry-level professionals, the book assumes no knowledge and introduces basic concepts and…
Author(s): Nicholas T. Proferes

7. Stage Directing: The First Experiences (2014)

 Best Directing Books Worth Your AttentionFlexible and concise, Stage Directing details the seven steps that make up the directing process: selecting a work, analyzing and researching the playscript, conceiving the production, casting, beginning rehearsals, polishing rehearsals, and giving and receiving criticism. Each step is highlighted with valuable directing tips, as well as examples from modern and contemporary playscripts and productions. Exercises, objectives, and key terms put directing precepts to a practical test, revealing what is significant about each phase of the process. Over eighty charts,…
Author(s): Jim Patterson

8. Producing and Directing the Short Film and Video (2015)

 Best Directing Books Worth Your AttentionProducing and Directing the Short Film and Video, Fifth Edition is the definitive book on the subject for the serious film student or beginning filmmaker. Its unique two-fold approach looks at filmmaking from the perspectives of both the producer and director, and clearly explains how their separate roles must work together to create a successful short film or video. Through extensive examples from award-winning shorts and insightful interviews, you will learn about common challenges the filmmakers encountered during each step of filmmaking…
Author(s): Peter Rea

9. Film Directing: Shot by Shot – 25th Anniversary Edition: Visualizing from Concept to Screen (2019)

 Best Directing Books Worth Your AttentionShot by Shot is the world’s go-to directing book, now newly updated for a special 25th Anniversary edition! The first edition sold over 250,000 copies, making it one of the bestselling books on film di-recting of all time. Aspiring directors, cinematographers, editors, and producers, many of whom are now working professionals, learned the craft of visual storytelling from Shot by Shot, the most com-plete source for preplanning the look of a movie.The book contains over 800 photos and illustrations, and is by far the most comprehensive look at shot design in print, containing storyboards from movies…
Author(s): Steve D. Katz

10. The Art and Craft of TV Directing: Conversations with Episodic Television Directors (2019)

 Best Directing Books Worth Your AttentionThe Art and Craft of TV Directing offers a broad and in-depth view of the craft of TV Directing in the form of detailed interviews with dozens of the industry’s most accomplished episodic television directors.Author Jim Hemphill provides students with essential information on the complexities of working in episodic TV, highlighting the artistic, technical, and interpersonal skills required, and exploring a variety of entry points and approaches to provide a comprehensive overview of how to begin and sustain a career as a television director. The book discusses how to merge one’s personal style with the…
Author(s): Jim Hemphill

11. Directing in Musical Theatre (2014)

 Best Directing Books Worth Your AttentionThis comprehensive guide, from the author of Acting in Musical Theatre, will equip aspiring directors with all of the skills that they will need in order to guide a production from beginning to end. From the very first conception and collaborations with crew and cast, through rehearsals and technical production all the way to the final performance, Joe Deer covers the full range. Deer’s accessible and compellingly practical approach uses proven, repeatable methods for addressing all aspects of a production. The focus at every stage is on working with others, using insights from experienced, successful directors to tackle common…
Author(s): Joe Deer

12. Kazan on Directing (2010)

 Best Directing Books Worth Your AttentionElia Kazan was the twentieth century’s most celebrated director of both stage and screen, and this monumental, revelatory book shows us the master at work.  Kazan’s list of Broadway and Hollywood successes—A Streetcar Named Desire, Death of a Salesman, On the Waterfront, to name a few—is a testament to his profound impact on the art of directing. This remarkable book, drawn from his notebooks, letters, interviews, and autobiography, reveals Kazan’s method: how he uncovered the “spine,” or core, of each script; how he analyzed…
Author(s): Elia Kazan

13. Directing the Camera: How Professional Directors Use a Moving Camera to Energize Their Films (2014)

 Best Directing Books Worth Your AttentionThe first half of this book is devoted to teaching a systemized approach that can be used to design the very best moving shot for any dialogue scene, no matter how complex or long. Bettman’s “Five Task” approach enables the aspiring director to quickly grasp this difficult element of directorial craft. In the second half the reader is taught how to shoot action sequences using moving and static cameras and the gamut of lenses to achieve the magic trick essential to shooting action — making stunts that are highly controlled and neither violent nor dangerous look completely mind-blowing….
Author(s): Gil Bettman

14. Directing for the Stage: A Workshop Guide of Creative Exercises and Projects (1995)

 Best Directing Books Worth Your AttentionAppropriate for both beginning and advanced courses in directing, this is the only theatre text that combines theory with active student participation. The 42 exercises detailed here provide both the instructor and the student a ‘user-friendly’ workshop structure. With the basic concepts of directing presented progressively, the approach is totally hands-on. The student discovers the demands and problems of directing by actually doing it step-by-step, and through the process, his or her own directing style emerges. Every exercise is presented in great detail and includes both an overview and a section on how to critique a…
Author(s): Terry John Converse

Best Directing Books Worth Your Attention

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some directing books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Chasing the Light: Writing, Directing, and Surviving Platoon, Midnight Express, Scarface, Salvador, and the Movie Game

Author(s): Oliver Stone
ID: 2564344, Publisher: HMH Books, Year: 2020, Size: 13 Mb, Format: epub

Directing the Documentary

Author(s): Michael Rabiger
ID: 2630037, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2020, Size: 30 Mb, Format: pdf

Directing Our Inner Light

Author(s): Brian L. Weiss, M.D.
ID: 2636420, Publisher: Hay House, Year: 2020, Size: 10 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are absolutely hot items according to Washington Post, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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