Sunday, February 7, 2016

New Releases

The Director's Six Senses: An Innovative Approach to Developing Your Filmmaking Skills
 by Simone Bartesaghi
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The Director’s Six Senses is an innovative, unique, and engaging approach to the development of the skills that every visual storyteller must have. It’s based on the premise that a director is a storyteller 24/7 and must be aware of the “truth” that he or she experiences in life in order to be able to reproduce it on the big screen. Through a series of hands-on exercises and practical experiences, the reader develops the “directorial senses” in order to be able to tell a story in the most effective way.
You Can Act on Camera: Insider Tips for Delivering a Great Performance Every Time
 by D.W. Brown
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US $11.96
From the big issues to the fine points, this book gives you what you need to know when they call “Action!” D. W. Brown is one of the world’s leading experts on the subject and he provides his invaluable 31 Principles for Acting On Camera, as well as key advice on how to come through in the clutch. In addition, he incisively interviews directors of major acclaim for their insights on the unique art of acting for the camera.
Shoot Like Scorsese: The Visual Secrets of Shock, Elegance, and Extreme Character
 by Christopher Kenworthy
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US $11.95
Martin Scorsese directs films that range from the subtlest studies of relationships to violent gangster movies, with characters who are driven to the extremes of their personality. This book looks at Scorsese’s key techniques, showing how he uses space, framing, and a strong sense of direction, to en-sure that your films are brimming with tension, shock, and emotion.
Shoot Like Spielberg: The Visual Secrets of Action, Wonder and Emotional Adventure
 by Christopher Kenworthy
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Spielberg makes his audience feel something, whether he’s shooting a kids’ ­adventure, a dramatic chase, or the darkest war scene. The auteur always employs a core set of techniques that make each shot crystal clear and evoke the most intense emotions from the audience. This book shows you how. This book unravels the secrets of his core techniques, and shows how you can use the same simple camera moves and setups to make your films full of wonder, thrills, and emotion.
Slay the Dragon: Writing Great Video Games
 by Robert Denton Bryant, Keith Giglio
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US $18.71
Writing for the multibillion-dollar video-game industry is unlike writing for any other medium. Slay the Dragon will help you understand the challenges and offer creative solutions to writing for a medium where the audience not only demands a great story, but to be a driving force within it. Aimed at traditional writers who want to learn interactive narrative as well as game creators who want to tell better, more emotionally involving stories, the book is written by two creative veterans of both Hollywood and "Nerdyhood."
Shoot Like Tarantino: The Visual Secrets of Dangerous Storytelling
 by Christopher Kenworthy
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US $11.96
Want your film to sizzle with danger? Then learn from the master of tension and action. Using Tar-antino’s secret tricks for creating conflict, keeping dialogue taut, and letting all hell break loose, you will enhance your own shooting style. Whatever your budget, get the action pumping with the camera setups and moves revealed in this dynamic book. Quentin Tarantino is a master of tension, suspense, shocking moments, dazzling dialogue, and off-beat humor. This book shows you why the best moments in his films work so well, and how you can use these ideas to enhance your own filmic style and stun your audience.
Film and Video Budgets 6
 by Maureen Ryan
$29.95 (25% Off)
US $22.45
This is the latest edition of a book that has sold over 75,000 copies since its first printing in 1984 by producer/publisher Michael Wiese. An indispensible tool for any producer, this “industry bible” has been updated with the latest digital technologies for production and post-production ― the standard for most films today. Downloadable budget templates are free and easily accessible at
Why does the Screenwriter Cross the Road: and other screenwriting secrets
 by Joe Gilford
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US $18.72
Writers will understand why they’re stuck and how to get unstuck through proven methods of breaking the logjam of self-judging and second-guessing that keeps good screenplays from being finished. Attain confidence by knowing your story is clear and solid. Seal out negative influences such as “industry experts” and fleeting trends.
The Authentic Actor: The Art and Business of Being Yourself
 by Michael Laskin
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US $14.95
Every year, thousands of actors struggle to navigate today’s film and TV business while also wanting to grow as performers, as artists. These actors tend to be risk-takers, mold-breakers, and are interested in defining who they are. They are looking for advice and guidance about art and about commerce. The Authentic Actor is for them.
Future of Television: Your Guide to Creating TV in the New World
 by Pamela Douglas
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US $17.21
The book’s journey into the future of television begins with “You Are Here,” delving into “The Great Convergence” of television and Internet and the vortex of change we all inhabit now. Then, glancing back, we explore “The Old World” of broadcast television to understand how we got to this moment of transition. Next, traveling “Between Worlds,” we visit cable television and see how the boundaries between network, cable, and Internet are mutating.
Notes to Screenwriters: Advancing Your Story, Screenplay, and Career With Whatever Hollywood Throws at You
 by Vicki Peterson, Barbara Nicolosi
$26.95 (25% Off)
US $20.23
Screen storytelling is an essentially collaborative process. Writers need feedback but too often the notes they receive stall them and even demoralize them. This book unpacks the whys and what-fors of all the most commonly given notes on scripts, stories, and writers themselves.
Everything I Know About Filmmaking I Learned Watching Seven Samurai
 by Mr Richard D. Pepperman
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US $15.20
In celebration of the sixtieth anniversary of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai ⎯ one of cinema’s most superb and influential achievements ⎯ Richard D. Pepperman presents this elegant book as a master class, and illustrates, with beautiful strokes of insight, how and why this film has inspired generations of filmmakers. Here is a handbook for directors, screenwriters, and editors, and a guide for all curious lovers of cinema.
Television on the Wild Wild Web: And How to Blaze Your Own Trail
 by Marx H. Pyle
$22.95 (25% Off)
US $17.21
Independent filmmakers have discovered that web television is a fantastic way to break into the industry creating many opportunities. But as with everything new, this vast ocean called web television can be hard to navigate. This book gives you a comprehensive map to web television and walks you through the crucial steps on how to fund, film, market, and distribute your web series opus.
How I Shot the YouTube Megahit "All by Myself" on My iPhone and Why I'm Not Lonely Anymore
 by Richard Dunn
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US $9.71
This funny guide to shooting videos on your iPhone will inspire you to use your imagination and see the world in a different way. Dunn provides a firsthand account of what it’s like go from unknown to Internet Celebrity overnight. With 20 million hits and an ever-growing number of fans, Dunn traces the steps he took to create this remarkable video all the way to his final meeting with... Celine Dion
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The Writer's Advantage: A Tookit for Mastering Your Genre
 by Laurie Scheer
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US $12.70
There are many books that assist writers with their craft, structure, and formatting, all of which are important. However, there does not exist a guide for writers to understand the evolution of their genre. In order to effectively write within a transmedia environment ­— a marketplace that includes different groups of consumers with short attention spans across various platforms — today’s writer must master the history of their genre. By understanding where and how their genre has emerged they develop their own authentic texts and these fresh, genuine concepts will stand apart in a media landscape that is muddied with copycat material.
Creating Graphic Novels: Adapting and Marketing Stories for a Multi Million Dollar Industry
 by Sarah Beach
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US $20.21
AS GRAPHIC NOVELS GROW IN POPULARITY and grab more shelf space in bookstores, Hollywood is discovering a gold mine of ideas ready to be made into movies — and writers, illustrators, and artists are finding a powerful new medium through which to express and market their ideas. This step-by-step guide to creating a graphic novel from your story idea will teach you the essential artistic, technical, and business practices necessary for getting your graphic novel on the page and in front of readers.
Getting It Write: An Insider's Guide to a Screenwriting Career
 by Lee Zahavi Jessup
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US $11.21
There are plenty of books about the craft of screenwriting, and a handful about pitching your screenplay. However, little can be found on how to go from writing to pitching in the professional space. There is no formula, no three-step plan. Getting It Write: An Insider’s Guide to a Screenwriting Career unlocks pragmatic guidance for constructing a screenwriting career, delivered by a sought-after industry authority who works with writers both novice and professional.
Instant Filmmaker: Secrets, Tips, Tools, Truths, and A-Hah's [Kindle Edition]
 by Chris Sean Nolan
$15.95 (38% Off)
US $10.49
Instant Filmmaker is a power-packed toolbox for both filmmaker rookies and veterans of ultra-crucial "how-to's" and shortcuts-to-success that blows the lid off uncertainty, weed-whacks through confusion, jacks-up inspiration, and encouragingly smacks you in the brain and butt.
Create Your Own TV Series for the Internet-2nd edition
 by Ross Brown
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A first of its kind, all-in-one guide to creating short-form TV series for the Internet. Written in a hip and entertaining style in the language of the cyber generation, this book guides the aspiring video-maker from an initial series idea through writing, production, and uploading and marketing a polished pilot and successive episodes of his or her own original Internet TV series.
Screenwriting Behind Enemy Lines: Lessons from Inside the Studio Gates
 by John Schimmel
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A very pragmatic look at what “they” are looking for combined with techniques for delivering that. Includes “Tales from the Trenches,” lessons from various sets and development situations to illustrate the points being made, from one of the legendary production and development executives.
Rewrite 2nd Edition: A Step-by-Step Guide to Strengthen Structure, Characters, and Drama in your Screenplay
 by Paul Chitlik
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Legendary screenwriting instructor and award-winning writer Paul Chitlik presents an easy-to-read, step-by-step process to take your script from first draft to submission draft. He reveals the hidden structure of screenplays, sequences, and scenes, as he guides you through the process of examining your draft, restructuring it, and populating it with believable, complex, and compelling characters. Along the way he outlines how to make your action leap off the page and your dialogue crackle..
Writers Rehab: A 12-Step program for Writers Who Can't Get Their Acts Together
 by DB Gilles
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Writers Rehab is designed to be a comprehensive self-help book in the form of a 12-step program for writers dealing with emotional or psychological roadblocks with their writing.
Make Your Story Really Stinkin' Big: How To Go From Concept To Franchise And Make Your Story Last For Generations
 by Houston Howard
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A creative, yet straightforward manual on how to take one concept and turn it into a franchise that will last generations. Houston Howard’s “360 Story Weaving Process” is revealed with step-by-step instructions on how to best intersect entertainment, marketing, and technology.
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Master Shots Vol 3: The Director's Vision: 100 Setups, Scenes and Moves for Your Breakthrough Movie
 by Christopher Kenworthy

The Master Shots books have garnered critical acclaim throughout the world. In this new volume, Kenworthy gets directors to define their vision in every shot and provides advanced techniques to make a breakthrough film.

“Kenworthy puts down on paper a film language that has been passed down only by word of mouth since the days of Méliès and D. W. Griffith, and makes tangible and permanent what otherwise might be gone with the wind.”
— John Badham, Director, Saturday Night Fever

Shakespeare for Screenwriters: Timeless Writing Tips from the Master of Drama
 by J. M. Evenson
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— Michael Colleary, writer, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

SHAKESPEARE FOR SCREENWRITERS is the first book to use Shakespeare’s works to examine the fundamentals of screenwriting, breaking down beloved characters, stories, and scenes to uncover timeless storytelling secrets.

“If you think Shakespeare has no relevance to contemporary filmmaking, you aren't looking very closely. Excellent!”
— Howard Suber, Professor, UCLA School of Film; author, The Power of Film


Our Bestsellers

Something Startling Happens: The 120 Story Beats Every Writer Needs to Know
 by Todd Klick
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Keep your audience on the line.

This clever book reveals the 120 minute-by-minute story genome that unites all successful films. It shows you — like no other book has before — what makes great movies tick.

“I tell writers to study movies and break down their structure. Klick has done this here, minute by minute. …an invaluable tool in building a professional career.”
— Marc Scott Zicree, writer, Star Trek: The Next Generation

Writing Subtext: What Lies Beneath
 by Dr. Linda Seger
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US $12.71

Finally! A book that not only knows the power of subtext but shows you how to use it to strengthen and deepen your writing.

Partly a how-to book, partly an exploration of this important topic, Writing Subtext explores all the underlying meanings that lie beneath the words, images, and actions in film, which are also applicable to any kind of fiction writing. Replete with examples from films, as well as examples from real life, Writing Subtext helps the writer figure out how to find and write subtext.

Master Shots, Vol. 1: 100 Advanced Camera Techniques to Get an Expensive Look on Your Low-Budget Movie, 2nd Edition
by Christopher Kenworthy
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Master Shots gives you everything you need to execute complex, original shots on any movie budget. It will teach you a way of seeing, so you’ll be able to create knock-out shots, even when you’re on the set and under pressure.

“Good books on film directing are rare, specifically books which focus on staging and framing challenging sequences like action scenes and chase scenes. In this engagingly written book, with helpful illustrations from actual films, Chris Kenworthy goes a long way towards bridging this knowledge gap. Essential for beginners or those looking for a refresher before (or during) their next film.”
—Christopher Riley, author of The Hollywood Standard

Master Shots, Vol. 2: 100 Ways to Shoot Great Dialogue Scenes
by Christopher Kenworthy
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US $20.21

Setups, angles, and staging for 100 dialogue scenes. Features over 500 photos and illustrations!

Building on the success of the best-selling first volume, Master Shots, Vol. 2 goes much deeper, revealing the great directors’ secrets for giving life to the standard dialogue scene. Referencing popular films, these techniques help you set up your camera and actors to give your dialogue scenes better drama, clarity, and energy, whatever your budget.

“A terrific sequel to the first Master Shots. If there’s a cool way to move the camera, Kenworthy has explained it to us. I can’t wait to get this book into my students’ hands.”
—John Badham, director, Saturday Night Fever, War Games; author, I’ll Be in My Trailer

Memo from the Story Dept.: Secrets of Structure and Character
 by Christopher Vogler and David McKenna
$26.95 (25% Off)
US $20.21

The long-awaited sequel to...

Picking up where his immensely successful The Writer’s Journey left off, Christopher Vogler and his colleague, David McKenna, have produced an authoritative guide for structure and character development. Screenwriters, novelists, game designers and film students: this set of precision tools will take your story, step by step, through a quantum leap in writing quality.

““Just finished reading this and it’s already saved my ass. No shit. I needed a pitch for a rewrite and this book helped me crack it.”
— Scott Silver, screenwriter, 8 Mile, Oscar-nominated for The Fighter

The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, 3rd Edition
by Christopher Vogler
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Based on the work of Joseph Campbell, The Writer’s Journey is a must for all writers interested in further developing their craft. This book is a true classic that is required reading for movie executives, screenwriters, playwrights, and scholars all over the world.

“Vogler’s The Writer’s Journey is the Bible for screenwriters. I think it’s the best book on how to write a screenplay ever written.”
—Darren Aronofsky, Oscar–nominated director of Black Swan and The Fountain

Save the Cat!
 by Blake Snyder
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This ultimate insider’s guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a showbiz veteran who’s proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat.

You’d have to look far and wide to find a better book to help you achieve your goals. Quite simply one of the most practical guides to writing mainstream spec scripts on the market.
—Screentalk Magazine

Directing Actors: Creating Memorable Performances for Film and Television
 by Judith Weston
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Directing Actors is a method for establishing creative, collaborative relationships between actors and directors that takes the reader on a journey through the complexities of the creative process itself.

“This is everything a director should know about working with actors.”
—Steven Charles Jaffe, Executive Producer, Ghost; Producer, Star Trek VI: Strange Days

“I think that if Judith’s book were mandatory reading for all directors, the quality of the director-actor process would be transformed, and better drama would result.”
—John Patterson, Director, The Sopranos, Law and Order, Hill Street Blues


The Coffee Break Screenwriter: Writing Your Script Ten Minutes at a Time
 by Pilar Alessandra
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US $18.71

Got ten minutes? Write your screenplay. At last, leading Hollywood screenwriting instructor Pilar Alessandra shows everyone who’s ever wanted to write a screenplay how to do it — without quitting their jobs or leaving their families. Packed with over sixty 10-minute writing tools, The Coffee Break Screenwriter keeps it focused and keeps it simple. Now, writers can make real progress on their scripts with only ten minutes of stolen time.

“Pilar’s techniques not only fine-tune your draft but serve as lessons that stick with you and make you a better writer overall. I highly recommend her if you want to take your writing to the next level!”
—Monica Macer, staff writer Prison Break and Lost; former creative executive Disney Studios

Writing the TV Drama Series: How to Succeed as a Professional Writer in TV, 3rd Ed.
by Pamela Douglas
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US $20.21

Whether you’re a screenwriter wanting to create an original series, a film school student aware that real careers are on television staffs, or a writer trying to break in, here is the complete guide to the unique craft of writing drama series for television. The 3rd Edition builds on the book’s reputation by bringing the very latest information, insights, and advice from major writers and producers.

Right now is the golden age of TV drama and Pamela Douglas’s Writing the TV Drama Series is far and away the best resource I know of for any writer wishing to work in this tremendously challenging and rewarding field.
—Daniel Petrie, Jr., President, Writers Guild of America, West and Oscar-nominated writer

Cinematic Storytelling: The 100
Most Powerful Film Conventions
Every Filmmaker Must Know
by Jennifer Van Sijll
$24.95 (25% Off)
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Dialog is one of the best known, and obvious, elements in a film. But the language of cinema is more subtle and sophisticated than dialog alone. From Metropolis to Kill Bill, this remarkable reference guide reveals 100 of the most potent storytelling tools of the medium, compelling cinematic devices beyond dialog for screenwriters and directors to pump up action, develop characters and energize a motion picture's plot.

Van Sijll understands what makes great movies work. A first-rate roadmap and a veritable tour de force of succinct writing.
—Jake Eberts, Executive Producer: Hope and Glory, Driving Miss Daisy, Dances with Wolves, A River Runs Through It, Chicken Run

The Hollywood Standard: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style
 by Christopher Riley
$24.95 (25% Off)
US $18.71

You’ve found it! This is the definitive guide to professional script formats used in Hollywood, written by Hollywood’s foremost authority. The simple format rules found in this book, which you can learn in an hour. come from Hollywood’s top expert on script format and will guarantee that your script makes a winning first impression.

“Aspiring writers sometimes wonder why people don’t want to read their scripts. Sometimes it’s not their story. Sometimes the format distracts. To write a screenplay, you need to learn the science. And this is the best, simplest, easiest to read book to teach you that science. It’s the one I recommend to my students at UCLA.”
—From the Foreword by Antwone Fisher,

Your Screenplay Sucks!: 100 Ways to Make it Great
 by William M. Akers
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No longer will you worry that a producer or story executive will toss your script in the garbage at page fifteen because "Your Screenplay Sucks!" Akers’ checklist will eliminate all the flaws in your screenplay, guaranteeing a cover-to-cover read.

A book about screenwriting that reads like a good screenplay. It is so full of great stories, examples and advice that I couldn’t put it down.
—Tom Schulman, Academy® Award-Winning Screenwriter, Dead Poets Society

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