Category Archives: Book Review

Book Review – Hitchcock/Truffaut

Hitchcock/Truffaut is more than a book about filmmaking; it’s evidence of a milestone in the history of cinema.  Continue reading Book Review – Hitchcock/Truffaut

FILM BOOK REVIEW: Designing Movies by Richard Sylbert

My love for the 1967 hit film, The Graduate, has been continuous since I first watched it many years ago. Therefore,  I was excited to come across Designing Movies, written by the esteemed production designer, Richard Sylbert. Continue reading FILM BOOK REVIEW: Designing Movies by Richard Sylbert

BOOK REVIEW – Ken Russell Directing Film

English director Ken Russell’s book, Directing Film: From Pitch to Premiere,  is one of the least interesting insights on the topic that I have read. You will learn nothing. Although, perhaps that’s a little harsh.  Continue reading BOOK REVIEW – Ken Russell Directing Film

FILM BOOK REVIEW: The Secret Language of Film

Having just finished reading master screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere’s book The Secret Language of Film I find myself fascinated by one of his observations more than others; that of the first shot Luis Bunuel ever filmed and the last.   Continue reading FILM BOOK REVIEW: The Secret Language of Film

Visual Story by Bruce Block REVIEW

Bruce Block’s book on constructing a visual story  is both rewarding and frustrating at the same time.

As Nancy Meyer‘s testimonial says on the back cover, The Visual Story “is the only book of its kind” and to my knowledge, she’s right. To find a single volume that touches on the elements of visual design that Block’s book does is nigh on impossible; trust  me, I’ve tried.  Continue reading Visual Story by Bruce Block REVIEW

FILM BOOK REVIEW: Making Movies

Film Book Review: Making Movies by Sidney Lumet

Seriously, if I made a film as good as Network, I’d give up making films.

…but I haven’t, so instead I read Sidney Lumet’s book. It’s a rare gem when a bona-fide master director (12 Angry Men, The Verdict, Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico, Murder on the Orient Express) writes a book about lessons learned from a lifetime in feature filmmaking. Continue reading FILM BOOK REVIEW: Making Movies