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Filmcraft: Screenwriting

by Tim Grierson

Screenwriting looks at the foundation on which every great film is built-the script. Whether an original concept or an adaptation, the screenplay is the key to the success of a movie-good dialogue, story pacing,...


American Political Movies: An Annotated Filmography of Feature Films

by James Combs

Essays here explore the relationship between politics and explicitly political feature films from the beginning of the movie industry to World War I, and for each decade through to the 1980's. The included filmography...


At a Theater or Drive-in Near You: The History, Culture, and Politics of the American Exploitation Film

by Randall Clark

Millions of Americans have been thrilled, scared, titillated, and shocked by exploitation movies, low budget films with many scenes of sex, violence, and other potentially lurid elements. The term derives from...


Final Cut Pro Workflows: The Independent Studio Handbook

by Jason Osder & Robbie Carman

Today's digital production tools empower the small team to produce multimedia projects that formerly required large teams. Orchestrating a production requires more than proficiency with the postproduction tools....


The Films of Werner Herzog: Between Mirage and History

by Timothy Corrigan

Given Herzog's own pronouncement that 'film is not the art of scholars, but of illiterates,' it is not surprising that his work has aroused ambivalent and contradictory responses. Visually and philosophically...


Cinema, Literature & Society: Elite and Mass Culture in Interwar Britain

by Peter Miles & Malcolm Smith

During the interwar period cinema and literature seemed to be at odds with each other, part of the continuing struggle between mass and elite culture which so worried writers such as Aldous Huxley, T.S. Eliot...


Film Propaganda and American Politics: An Analysis and Filmography

by James Combs & Sara T. Combs

Originally published in 1994, this important book traces the rise of film propaganda in the 20th Century, discussing specifically how film can be used to manipulate public perception and opinions. Two distinct...


Movies and Politics: The Dynamic Relationship

by James E. Combs

Collecting together some of the best thinking about the relationship between movies and politics, this book, originally published in 1993, encourages an awareness of the political dimension of film, both for...


U.ESS.AY: Politics and Humanity in American Film

by Stephen Lee Naish

Collects together the published essays of Stephen Lee Naish, into a narrative that explores the political and humanistic elements of modern cinema.


Off Screen: Women and Film in Italy: Seminar on Italian and American directions

by Giuliana Bruno & Maria Nadotti

This feminist anthology from Italy offers an enriching perspective on cinema studies. Focusing on women's engagement with political theory and film-making, the book never loses sight of the female experience...


Hollywood in the Age of Television

by Tino Balio

This collection of papers examines the evolving relationship between the motion picture industry and television from the 1940s onwards. The institutional and technological histories of the film and TV industries...


Its All Your Fault: How To Make It As A Hollywood Assistant

by Bill Robinson & Ceridwen Morris

An Essential Guide to Landing -- and Keeping -- Your first Hollywood Job

A position as an assistant to a producer, agent, director, studio executive, or star can be the path to a fabulous career -- or a one-way...


The Complete Guide to Writing a Successful Screenplay: Everything You Need to Know to Write and Sell a Winning Script

by Melissa Samaroo

The Complete Guide to Writing A Successful Screenplay outlines timesaving tools to hone your writing, so you can at¬tract Hollywood agents and producers. You will discover how to create a timeline and deadline,...


Film and Reform: John Grierson and the Documentary Film Movement

by Ian Aitken

Best known for his documentaries such as Drifters, North Sea, and Housing Problems, John Grierson was the most important figure in the British documentary film movement and one of the most influential of British...


Film and the Working Class: The Feature Film in British and American Society

by Peter Stead

Taking the subject chronologically from the 1890s to when the book was initially published in 1989, this book analyses those films specifically concerned with working-class conditions and struggle, and discusses...


The Cinema of Apartheid: Race and Class in South African Film

by Keyan Tomaselli

This study analyses the historical development of South African cinema up to he book's original publication in 1988. It describes the films and comments on their relationship to South African realities, addressing...


Image and Influence: Studies in the Sociology of Film

by Andrew Tudor

This text outlines what sociologists need to know of the nature of communication and of mass culture, while also looking in some empirical detail at the workings of the Hollywood community and the psychology...


Early Cinema in Russia and its Cultural Reception

by Yuri Tsivian & Richard Taylor

This book examines the development of cinematic form and culture in Russia, from its late nineteenth-century beginnings as a fairground attraction to the early post-Revolutionary years.

The author traces the...


Materialist Film

by Peter Gidal

A polemical introduction to the avant-garde and experimental in film (including making and viewing), Materialist Film is a highly original, thought-provoking book.

Thirty-seven short chapters work through a...


The Archive Effect: Found Footage and the Audiovisual Experience of History

by Jaimie Baron

The Archive Effect: Found Footage and the Audiovisual Experience of History examines the problems of representation inherent in the appropriation of archival film and video footage for historical purposes. Baron...