Filmmaking Resources in the Mercer County Library System

With the advent of digital video and editing technology, filmmaking has become a lot more accessible to amateurs in recent years. With this in mind, I would like to draw your attention to some of the resources in the Mercer County Library System which may make your quest to create your own film a little easier.

There are three basic stages in making any film:
  • Pre-production: This involves writing the script, a storyboard, a shot list, getting your cast and crew together, and scouting locations.
  • Production: This includes anything that involves actually shooting the film, including cinematography, lighting, sound, and film acting.
  • Post-production: This important stage involves anything that happens after the film is shot, including adding sound and special effects, editing, and publicity.
Our library system has resources to introduce you to all three stages plus film career guides, interviews with filmmakers, and published film scripts from which to draw inspiration.

Overviews and career guides:

130 Projects to Get You into Filmmaking by Elliot Grove
130 Projects to Get You into Filmmaking by Elliot Grove (791.43 GRO 2009) Simple projects to get the beginner acquainted with the main aspects of filmmaking.

Digital Filmmaking for Beginners: A Practical Guide to Video Production by Michael Hughes (770 HUG 2012) A concise overview of all stages of digital film production. Covers the technical resources necessary for film production, how to plan a movie shoot, and post-production.

Career Launcher. Film by Candace S. Gulko (331.7 CAR 2011) Overview of the various careers available in the contemporary film industry. Includes industry vocabulary and a resource list.

Pre-production:

Writing in Pictures: Screenwriting Made (Mostly) Painless by Joseph McBride
Writing in Pictures: Screenwriting Made (Mostly) Painless by Joseph McBride (808.23 MCB 2012) This book takes you through all the necessary stages to write your own screenplay.

Making a Good Script Great (3rd ed.) by Linda Seger (808.23 SEG 2010) Explains the special skills necessary for writing for film, including telling a clear story and using action and images to make your story marketable enough to be filmed.

Storyboarding Essentials by David Harland Rousseau and Benjamin Reid Phillips (791.43 ROU) Discusses the tools and techniques necessary for storyboard, an essential step in translating a script into visual terms so that it can be filmed.

Production:

How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck by Steve Stockman
How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck by Steve Stockman (777.6 STO) Covers basic video shooting techniques for the amateur video maker.

Digital SLR Video and Filmmaking for Dummies by John Carucci (777 DIG) Written for amateurs who want to make movies using their DSLR camera, this book covers all the basic aspects of filmmaking from sound and lighting to using video editing software.

Digital Filmmaking Handbook by Mark Brindle (777 BRI) All the latest equipment and techniques for the digital filmmaking era.

Cinematography by Kris Malkiewicz and M. David Mullen (778.5 MAL) Some of the technology in this book is dated, but it gives a great overview of the principles of lighting for film.

Post-production:

The Craft of the Cut by Marios Chiritou and Mark RileyAdobe Premiere Pro CC Digital Classroom (006.7862 ADOPREM 2013) Straightforward guidebook to using Adobe Premiere editing software.

The Craft of the Cut by Marios Chiritou and Mark Riley (778.593 FINA 2012) Discusses general good movie editing techniques while focusing on the use of the Final Cut Pro editing software.

Cut by Cut: Editing Your Film or Video by Gael Chandler (777 CHA 2012) General discussion of good movie editing techniques and an overview of a variety of editing tools.

Learning from masters: film scripts and interviews with filmmakers

The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson (791.4372 AND 2014)

Deliverance: A Screenplay by James Dickey (791.43 DIC)

Directors: Life Behind the Camera by Robert J. Emery (791.43 DIR) This DVD features interviews with directors who reveal their in-depth filmmaking knowledge to the viewer.

Michael Kerr

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