Film Books

Posted on August 28, 2007

These are a few of the books we’re required/recommended to get. Hopefully I’ll be able to go into more detail about each one in the future.

The Five C's of Cinematography: Motion Picture Filming Techniques

We were recommended to buy this book last year for Filmmaking I, and now both Filmmaking III and Advanced Cinematography are recommending it. I have it, but haven’t read it cover to cover yet. The photos are a bit dated, but the information is still the same. Every sentence makes a useful point, so it’s a lot to take in, but for $20 this is a great film book.

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This is the Cinematographer’s Bible. At $90, it’s a bit pricey, but I might get it because I know I’ll be referring to it in the future.

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Reflections is required for our Cinematography class. Each chapter covers a different aspect of cinematography, written by a different cinematographer with lots of diagrams, examples, and illustrations. I’m glad I’m finally being forced to buy it.

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I’ve never heard of this book before today. It’s our other required book for Cinematography. I believe it covers filters and manipulating the negative.

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This is not required, but I got this for Christmas last year. It’s an amazing reference and even has some good chapters about basic lighting.

Some of these books are bundled together at a lower price at The ASC Store.

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Written by Joey Daoud

Joey Daoud is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. His past films have appeared on Netflix, The New York Times, and National Geographic. He is also a YouTube creator across multiple channels with videos garnering millions of views. In his free time, he likes to climb mountains, scuba dive, and brew unique coffees.

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  1. mike g

    I just read Rebel without a Crew by Robert Rodriguez (dir/writer of el mariachi, Desperado, Spy Kids, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Sin City and the new kid’s film Shorts) His autobiography was really inspiring. The book is made up of his diary excerpts, similarly to how you blog on your site. I won’t tell you what he writes about, all im saying it is a worth while $10 read.
    Check it out:

    This book made me want to put it down and grab my cam and start making another movie, but then again I couldn’t put the book down.

  2. Joey

    Yeah, that’s a good book, and a pretty classic maverick story. I was going to do a post of ‘breaking in’ books or something like that.