Director Aadish Keluskar Recommends 15 Books on Filmmaking

Must read filmmaking books

Whether you’re a cinema enthusiast, a student of film or an aspiring filmmaker, here are some great resources director Aadish Keluskar recommends as essential reading. An FTII dropout, Aadish helmed the critically-acclaimed indie film Kaul: A Calling in 2016. These 15 books/classics cover every aspect of filmmaking.

Cinema in general

1. FILM ART: AN INTRODUCTION by David Bordwell, Kristin Thompson

 

Cinematography

2. THE 5 Cs OF CINEMATOGRAPHY: MOTION PICTURE FILMING TECHNIQUES by Joseph V. Mascelli

“Good continuity encourages the viewer to become absorbed in the storytelling, without bothersome distractions. The prime purpose of a motion picture, whether theatrical fiction feature or documentary fact film, is to capture and hold audience attention – from opening shot to final fade-out.”

3. WRITING WITH LIGHT by Vittorio Storaro

Related: 20 Books Directors Recommend Aspiring Filmmakers

 

Editing

4. IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE: A PERSPECTIVE ON FILM EDITING by Walter Murch

“Your job is partly to anticipate, partly to control the thought processes of the audience. To give them what they want and/or what they need just before they have to “ask for it—to be surprising yet self-evident at the same time.”

5. THe TECHNIQUES OF FILM EDITING by Karel Reisz

 

Sound Design

6. AUDIO-VISION: SOUND ON SCREEN by Michel Chion (If you’d like to read it online, here’s the pdf link).

 

Screenwriting

7. POETICS by Aristotle

”Comedy aims at representing men as worse, tragedy as better than in actual life.”

8. THE TOOLS OF SCREENWRITING by David Howard

 

Acting

9. THE ART OF ACTING by Stella Adler

“You’ll begin to act when you can forget your technique – when it is so securely inside you that you need not call upon it consciously.”

10. THE LEE STRASBERG NOTES by Lola Cohen

Recommended: 11 Valuable Acting Tips from Veteran Om Puri

 

Books on Filmmakers

11. HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT by Truffaut

12. NOTES ON THE CINEMATOGRAPHER by Robert Bresson

13. MAKING MOVIES By Sidney Lumet

“In drama, the characters should determine the story. In melodrama, the story determines the characters.“

14. KAZAN ON DIRECTING by Elia Kazan

15. HERZOG ON HERZOG: CONVERSATIONS WITH PAUL CRONIN by Werner Herzog

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1 Comment

  1. Looking forward to read your posts to develop and shape up the insight on fim making..
    Specially for someone like me , who want to educate Him/her with every possible prospect through such research .

    Thanks

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