I am a strong believer in the never ending journey of learning your craft. I never went to film school but have learned a lot about film making and directing, by reading books, making films, being on sets, watching online tutorials, videos,podcast, and teaching.
I believe that the books you might read in school are just as valuable or more so to be read on your own. School is not for everyone. Film making is something you have to get out there and do. The more you do it,and practice the craft the better you’ll get. Also the more passion you have for it the better it will be. (That one is true for anything you set your mind and heart into).
A book I enjoyed for my particular field was “Directing Actors” by Judith Weston. In this book, Judith shares her wisdom with us about “Creating memorable performance for film and television.” I got a lot from this book about how to work with actors and how to get the most out of them without forcing your own view of the scene upon them. Directing is an art form of it’s own. I am not sure that it is something that can be studied and mastered, like how to aim a light. We all can calculate the fall off in candles of a light, and what light modifiers do to it. It’s more of a science and math. Directing is not like that for me. It’s something you feel and have a natural talent at. Some people have it and some people don’t. That doesn’t mean they are bad directors. It just means that might not be the best place for them, and they have not found that out yet.(Side note :I love lighting and it also is an art)
Another book I enjoyed and found very useful was The DV Rebel’s Guide: An All-Digital Approach to Making Killer Action Movies on the Cheap. A must read for any indy filmmaker that is making an action movie on the cheap. This book really makes you think about why each shot is in the movie and what it means and what is the best way to get the shot on the cheap.
Now I also follow some online blogs and have read the RED forms daily for the last 4 years. These and many other sites help gain insigh into what’s going on in the industry and keeps me up-to-date with new technology.
Well, that’s all for now. Let me know if I can help you on your way to greatness. (sounds sort of like the sorting hat in HP book one…)
Sean D Brown