Category Archives: Book Review

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