Pulling Focus - Filmmaker's Library
Pulling Focus Podcast, brought to you by Skyline Indie Film Fest and The Scene Snobs in Winchester, Virginia, brings you the best conversations and discussions about movies and filmmaking including new, undistributed independent films from around the corner and around the world.
Now, partnered with our favorite independent bookstore, the Winchester Book Gallery, we've compiled a list of the best filmmaking books in one collection.
The 21st-Century Screenplay is a comprehensive and highly practical screenwriting manual. An eagerly anticipated successor to the author's internationally acclaimed book Scriptwriting Updated, it covers classic to avant-garde scripts, from The African Queen and Tootsie to 21 Grams, Pulp Fiction, Memento, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
THE IDEA is a manual for conquering the most important part of the screenwriting or fiction writing process -- the first part. Most writers rush too quickly through choosing a story idea, so they can dive into writing it. And it's the biggest reason most projects don't move forward in the marketplace: producers and editors are underwhelmed by the central concept.
Screenwriting made simple. The Guide for Every Screenwriter is one of the most efficient instruction manuals on the craft. This book cuts past the verbose exposition, and gets straight to work, delivering sample-driven outlines and templates that anyone can follow. It is quick to use and apply to your work as a side-by-side checklist for the writing process.
Since its release in 1949, The Hero with a Thousand Faces has influenced millions of readers by combining the insights of modern psychology with Joseph Campbell's revolutionary understanding of comparative mythology. In these pages, Campbell outlines the Hero's Journey, a universal motif of adventure and transformation that runs through virtually all of the world's mythic traditions.
Veteran script consultant Jill Chamberlain discovered in her work that an astounding 99 percent of first-time screenwriters don't know how to tell a story. These writers may know how to format a script, write snappy dialogue, and set a scene. They may have interesting characters and perhaps some clever plot devices.
Hollywood’s script guru teaches you how to write a screenplay in “the ‘bible’ of screenwriting” (The New York Times)—now celebrating forty years of screenwriting success!
Story Line: Finding Gold in Your Life Story is a practical and spiritual guide to drawing upon your own story and fictionalizing it into your writing. As a Story Consultant and former VP of Current Programs at CBS/Paramount, most of the author's work with writers has focused on creating standout scripts by elevating story.
Now available as an ebook for the first time!
$15.70ISBN: 9781615931750Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Michael Wiese Productions - April 1st, 2014Email or call for priceISBN: 9781439156810Availability: Hard to FindPublished: Scribner - July 6th, 2010
Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.
“Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King’s On Writing.$18.90ISBN: 9781439186763Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Touchstone - July 3rd, 2012
This is the only screenwriting guide by two guys who have actually done it (instead of some schmuck who just gives lectures about screenwriting at the airport Marriott); “These guys are proof that with no training and little education, ANYONE can make it as a screenwriter” (Paul Rudd).
Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon’s movies have made over a billion dollars at$13.65ISBN: 9780375704239Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Vintage - June 13th, 2000
The purpose of theater, like magic, like religion . . . is to inspire cleansing awe. What makes good drama? And why does drama matter in an age that is awash in information and entertainment? David Mamet, one of our greatest living playwrights, tackles these questions with bracing directness and aphoristic authority.$44.63ISBN: 9780060391683Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: It Books - November 25th, 1997
Robert McKee's screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress and putting major screenwriting careers back on track. Quincy Jones, Diane Keaton, Gloria Steinem, Julia Roberts, John Cleese and David Bowie are just a few of his celebrity alumni.$31.45ISBN: 9781932907636Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Michael Wiese Productions - August 1st, 2009
The Hollywood Standard describes in clear, vivid prose and hundreds of examples how to format every element of a screenplay or television script.$20.95ISBN: 9781932907933Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Michael Wiese Productions - April 1st, 2011
'My Story Can Beat Up Your Story' is the same system that industry insiders have used to generate millions of dollars in script sales and assignments. In a clear fashion, this book is a fun guide to writing stories. It covers everything from heroes to villians and theme to plot points.$24.10ISBN: 9781932907001Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Michael Wiese Productions - May 25th, 2005
Here's what started the phenomenon: the best seller, for over 15 years, that's been used by screenwriters around the world Blake Snyder tells all in this fast, funny and candid look inside the movie business.$28.30ISBN: 9781935247210Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Silman-James Press - August 30th, 2019
The Screenwriter's Bible's 6th edition marks the 20th anniversary of one of the most popular, authoritative, and useful books on screenwriting. A standard by which other screenwriting books are measured, it has sold over 300,000 copies in its twenty-year life.$18.90ISBN: 9780865479937Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 14th, 2008
"If you're ready to graduate from the boy-meets-girl league of screenwriting, meet John Truby . . . [his lessons inspire] epiphanies that make you see the contours of your psyche as sharply as your script."
—LA WeeklyEmail or call for priceISBN: 9781615931705Availability: Out of PrintPublished: Michael Wiese Productions - November 1st, 2007$18.70ISBN: 9780452296275Availability: Special OrderPublished: Plume - June 29th, 2010
Hollywood's premier teacher of screenwriting shares the secrets of writing and selling successful screenplays in this perfect gift for aspiring screenwriters.$19.90ISBN: 9781468310948Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Harry N. Abrams - October 20th, 2015