There are all sorts of books that we strongly encourage people to read to really understand the arts & entertainment world, so we’re providing the following lists of recommended reading. Some of these materials should be read by anyone in the entertainment industry, while others we’ve broken down by discipline. You can get these books at any number of places, but we’ve provided links to Amazon where we can, just to get you started. We’re kinda helpful that way.
The Top Ten Books Every Creative Should Read
No matter what your discipline is, here are the top books we strongly recommend you read if you want to succeed as a creative professional.
More than a Movie: Ethics in Entertainment
By Miguel Valenti. A balanced and compelling argument for the creative community to consider the consequences of its products and practices. Click HERE to purchase.
One Big Thing: Discovering what you were born to do
By Phil Cooke. To achieve your dreams, you have to focus on the thing you were created to do, especially if you have artistic and performance ambitions. Click HERE to purchase.
Sorted by creative Discipline
All You Need to Know About the Movie and TV Business
Gail Resnik & Scott Trost
The Movie Business Book, 3rd Ed.
Jason E. Squire
My First Movie: Twenty Celebrated Directors Talk about Their First Film
Acting for the Camera
Acting in Film: An Actor’s Take on Movie Making
Acting: The First Six Lessons
An Actor Prepares
Audition: Everything an Actor Needs to Know to Get the Part
How to Be a Working Actor: The Insider’s Guide to Finding Jobs in Theater, Film & Television, 5th Ed.
Mari Lyn Henry & Lynne Rogers
How to Stop Acting
The Power of the Actor
Respect for Acting
Sanford Meisner on Acting
The Complete Film Production Handbook
Eve Light Honthaner
Film Budgeting: Or How Much Will It Cost to Shoot Your Movie?
Ralph S. Singleton
Film Scheduling: Or, How Long Will It Take to Shoot Your Movie?
Ralph S. Singleton
Independent Film Producer’s Survival Guide: A Business and Legal Sourcebook
Gunnar Ericsson, Harris Tulchin & Mark Halogen
Making Your Film for Less Outside the U.S.
Mark De Wayne
The Producer’s Business Handbook: The Roadmap for the Balanced Film Producer
John J. Lee, Jr. & Anne Marie Gillen
The Production Assistant in TV and Video
Shooting to Kill: How an Independent Producer Blasts Through the Barriers to Make Movies that Matter
Christine Vachon & David Edelstein
All You Need to Know About the Music Business
Donald S. Passman
This Business of Music, 10th Ed.
M. William Krasilovsky & Sidney Shemel
YouTube Marketing Strategies
How To Write For Television
Making a Good Script Great, 3rd Ed.
The Moral Premise: Harnessing Virtue & Vice for Box Office Success
Stanley D. Williams
Writing Television Sitcoms
Evan S. Smith
Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics
Film Directing: Cinematic Motion, 2nd Ed.
Steven D. Katz
Film Directing Fundamentals: See Your Film Before Shooting
Nicholas T. Proferes
Kazan on Directing
MasterShots, Volume 2: 100 Ways to Shoot Great Dialogue Scenes
Master Shots, Volume 3
On Directing Film
On Film-making: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director
The Business of Media Distribution
Jeffrey C. Ulin
This Business of Television
Howard J. Blumenthal & Oliver R. Goodenough
Digital Media Law, 2nd Ed.
Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In
Robert Fisher & William Ury
Give and Take: The Complete Guide to Negotiating Strategies and Tactics
Chester L. Karrass
Hollywood Dealmaking: Negotiating Talent Agreements for Film, TV and New Media
Dina Appleton & Daniel Yankelevits
Movie Money: Understanding Hollywood’s (Creative) Accounting Practices, 2nd ed. Bill Daniels, David Leedy & Steven D. Sills
Addicted to Mediocrity: Contemporary Christians and the Arts
Art and the Bible
Francis A. Schaeffer
Behind the Screen: Hollywood Insiders on Faith, Film, and Culture
Barbara Nicolosi & Spencer Lewerenz, eds.
The Heart of the Artist
History of Beauty
Imagine: A Vision for Christians in the Arts
More Than A Movie: Ethics In Entertainment
F. Miguel Valenti
The Purple Curtain
Brian S. Chan
Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art, and Culture
Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art
The Saints & The Poets
Shun Lee Fong