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: A Comprehensive Guide to Writing Tomorrow's Films Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781935247036
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Published: Silman-James Press - March 24th, 2011

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 Hero with a Thousand Faces (Collected Works of Joseph Campbell) Cover Image
$25.15
ISBN: 9781577315933
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Published: New World Library - July 1st, 2008

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.


Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting Cover Image
$17.85
ISBN: 9780385339032
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Published: Delta - November 29th, 2005

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!


Adventures in the Screen Trade Cover Image
$23.09
ISBN: 9780446391177
Availability: Special Order
Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 10th, 1989

Now available as an ebook for the first time!


Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can, Too! Cover Image
$18.90
ISBN: 9781439186763
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Published: 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


Three Uses of the Knife: On the Nature and Purpose of Drama Cover Image
$13.65
ISBN: 9780375704239
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Published: 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.


Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting Cover Image
$44.63
ISBN: 9780060391683
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Published: 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.


The Hollywood Standard: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style (Hollywood Standard: The Complete & Authoritative Guide to) Cover Image
$31.45
ISBN: 9781932907636
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Published: 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.


My Story Can Beat Up Your Story: Ten Ways to Toughen Up Your Screenplay from Opening Hook to Knockout Punch Cover Image
$20.95
ISBN: 9781932907933
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Published: 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.


Save the Cat!: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need Cover Image
$24.10
ISBN: 9781932907001
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Published: 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.


The Screenwriter's Bible, 7th Edition: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script Cover Image
$28.30
ISBN: 9781935247210
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Published: 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.


The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller Cover Image
$18.90
ISBN: 9780865479937
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Published: 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 Weekly


Into the Woods: A Five-Act Journey Into Story Cover Image
$19.90
ISBN: 9781468310948
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Published: Abrams Press - October 20th, 2015

The idea of Into the Woods is not to supplant works by Aristotle, Lajos Egri, Robert McKee, David Mamet, or any other writers of guides for screenwriters and playwrights, but to pick up on their cues and take the reader on a historical, philosophical, scientific, and psychological journey to the heart of all storytelling.


In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing Cover Image
$14.65
ISBN: 9781879505629
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Published: Silman-James Press - August 1st, 2001

In the Blink of an Eye is celebrated film editor Walter Murch's vivid, multifaceted, thought -- provoking essay on film editing. Starting with what might be the most basic editing question -- Why do cuts work? -- Murch treats the reader to a wonderful ride through the aesthetics and practical concerns of cutting film.


Making Movies Cover Image
$17.80
ISBN: 9780679756606
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Published: Vintage - March 19th, 1996

Why does a director choose a particular script? What must they do in order to keep actors fresh and truthful through take after take of a single scene? How do you stage a shootout—involving more than one hundred extras and three colliding taxis—in the heart of New York’s diamond district? What does it take to keep the studio honchos happy?


On Directing Film Cover Image
$16.80
ISBN: 9780140127225
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Published: Penguin Books - January 1st, 1992

A masterclass on the art of directing from the Pulitzer Prize-winning (and Oscar and Tony-nominated) writer of Glengarry Glen Ross, Speed the Plow, The Verdict, and Wag the Dog


Rebel without a Crew: Or How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker With $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player Cover Image
$17.85
ISBN: 9780452271876
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Published: Plume - September 1st, 1996

Famed independent screenwriter and director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Spy Kids, Machete) discloses all the unique strategies and original techniques he used to make his remarkable debut film El Mariachi on a shoestring budget.


Something Like An Autobiography Cover Image
$16.80
ISBN: 9780394714394
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Published: Vintage - May 12th, 1983

Translated by Audie E. Bock.


Master Shots Vol 1, 2nd Edition: 100 Advanced Camera Techniques to Get an Expensive Look on Your Low Budget Movie Cover Image
$30.40
ISBN: 9781615930876
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Published: Michael Wiese Productions - April 1st, 2012

Master Shots gives filmmakers the techniques they need to execute complex, original shots on any budget. By using powerful master shots and well-executed moves, directors can develop a strong style and stand out from the crowd. Most low-budget movies look low-budget, because the director is forced to compromise at the last minute.


Master Shots Vol 2: Shooting Great Dialogue Scenes Cover Image
$30.40
ISBN: 9781615930555
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Published: Michael Wiese Productions - August 1st, 2011

Building on the success of the best-selling 'Master Shots', this book goes much deeper, revealing the great directors' secrets for making the most of the visual during the usual static dialogue scene.


Master Shots, Volume 3: The Director's Vision: 100 Setups, Scenes and Moves for Your Breakthrough Movie Cover Image
$30.40
ISBN: 9781615931545
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Published: Michael Wiese Productions - August 1st, 2013