I compiled a short list of favorite film books in my private collection which I constantly go back to for knowledge and inspiration in my own autodidactic form of film school. I highly recommend them.
Have you read any of them? What did you think? Have some favorites to share? Please comment below.
#1 Rebel Without a Crew by Robert Rodriguez
#2 What They Don't Teach You at Film School by Camille Andau and Tiare White
Tips and tricks for every aspect of making a film from start to finish, for example: 8 year old kids don't care about hurting your feelings with the truth, tell them your film's story and they will tell you if they like it or if it SUCKS!
#3 Writing in Pictures: Screenwriting Made (Mostly) Painless by Joseph McBride
The only book about screenwriting I could actually sit down and enjoy learning from.
#4 Letters to Young Filmmakers by Howard Suber
Writing Movies for --- --- Profit by Robert Ben Garant & Thomas Lennon
Okay, I lied, Writing in Pictures is not the only book about screenwriting I enjoyed learning from. I didn't take this book seriously -- looks like a parody -- until I actually started reading it (and that's why they say don't judge a book by its cover, folks). They know what they're talking about because they've been there and done it. Fun, funny read.