Must-Have Books : Film Industry

Hello, and welcome back to Double-j-creative! Today I will be doing another “must-have books”, you can find my last one on helpful books for actors in a previous post.

So, if you don’t know, I went to university to study film and got to do a lot of practical work for film and tv production. Although I love being an actress, and hope to continue to pursue it when the right role comes along, I am very interested in becoming a production assistant. It has come to my attention that this is where my skillsets are strongest out of all the roles in production, and I am very passionate about pursuing it.

Over lockdown, and even now, has posed a significant challenge to do anything in the film industry. There are some productions starting up, but for those still trying to get their foot in the door it is a little harder to get work. However, I have been determined not to do nothing. I am one of those people that has to have something to do and be proactive about my career. It is a blessing and a curse because as times such as now, I am feeling that more and more I don’t know what more to do with myself. So if you are in the industry and have ways you have been staying proactive comment below, I would love to hear from you!

More to the point, one thing that has kept me occupied is reading! Lots and lots of it! There are so many great books out there if you are wanting to learn more about the industry and get some good tips. Here are some of the ones I’ve been reading and love:

Must-have Book List :

Producer to Producer – Thinking of becoming a producer one day, or are making your own films? This is a great manual to get you going! From pre-production, budgeting & finance and distribution – this book has got it all! You can even get free downloadable templates.

Action! – Now, there is an actress and a crew one of these books so make sure you get the right one. Or if you are like me, get both! This is a very helpful guide to navigating you career into the film industry. A breakdown of each role, CV tips, looking for jobs and what to expect when you are on set.

Making Your Own Movie – I refer to this quite a lot and could be very useful to aspiring filmmakers, especially during COVID. Take 39 steps to creating your first film, which could be completely on your phone! Also, there are some helpful templates in the back of the book to refer to, as well as film suggestions.

Poldark : The Complete Scripts : Recently I have been rewatching the Poldark series, and I am a sucker for period dramas. I was so excited when I saw they had a book with the complete scripts so that I could follow along as I watch the series to see the translation from script to screen. If Poldark isn’t your thing, I still highly recommending reading scripts. Whether that is from online download (check out Shore Scripts) or finding books like this one.

These are just a few I have, but I am sure there are plenty more!! I am constantly on the look our for more helpful books to add to my collection so if you have a suggestion drop it in the comments.

UPDATE

A little life update, I have been pretty busy lately and will soon be filming this month on a teaser. It’s all very exciting and I’m looking forward to what lies ahead. With that said, I will now be posting every other week. I hope you continue to follow my blog and let me know if there are things you want more or less of. Thank you(:

Stay safe, stay well!

Must have books for actors!

Lockdown has been a really good time to reflect and learn new ways to improve your craft, and while classes and workshops mainly stopped (unless they operated on zoom), a few books I got were just as useful to further my understanding on acting techniques, auditioning and what it’s like when you get on set. Check out these must have books below! All books can be purchased on Amazon and if you click on the picture below it will take you there(:

*Audition by Michael Shurtleff is a great book for getting you prepared for an audition, because lets be honest who isn’t always wondering how they can improve their audition to book the role? He goes over 12 ‘guideposts’ to help you deliver the best audition you can! I have recently been reading this book and it has opened my eyes to so many little things I can be improving for when my next audition comes.

“Everything an actor needs to know to get the part”

*Sanford Meisner on Acting. Meisner is one of the best known acting teachers widely known in American theatre. This book follows a fifteen month acting class and gives you insight from acting exercises to polishing a scene. Although it is theatre based, if you are more focused on Film & TV acting I still highly recommend, as Meisner does a brilliant job exploring how to evoke emotion and bring the truthfulness of a scene — which ever actor needs.

*Action! by Robert Benedetti Switching to camera acting? Or maybe you just need a more detailed approach to the fundamentals. Whether you are just starting out or you are experienced looking for a little extra to add, this book will give you professional advice from an award-winning producer and acting teacher that will help you build your acting career for the camera. Prepare for when you book that audition and get onset. I personally have loved reading this book and how it has given me a better idea of the process from call sheets, blocking for the camera to the final call of Action!

I own all three of these books and can attest that they are worth having. Each give a brilliant understanding of acting on different levels – from the art of acting, auditioning and finally getting in front of the camera.

If you are stuck without classes or just need some extra reading, be sure to check them out before your next audition.

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