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Cuban Flute Style: Interpretation and Improvisation

by Sue Miller

In Cuban Flute Style: Interpretation and Improvisation, Sue Miller—music historian, charanga flute player, and former student of Richard Egües—examines the early-twentieth-century decorative style of flute...


Rewrite 2nd Edition: A Step-by-Step Guide to Strengthen Structure, Characters, and Drama in your Screenplay

by Paul Chitlik

Legendary screenwriting instructor and award-winning writer Paul Chitlik presents an easy-to-read, step-by-step process to take your script from first draft to submission.


Writing the Science Fiction Film

by Robert Grant

Writing the Science Fiction Film describes the kinds of stories that work best as science fiction, explores the parameters of the science fiction genre, and shows what science fiction can offer to writers that...


The Hidden Tools of Comedy: The Serious Business of Being Funny

by Steven Kaplan

While other books give you tips on how to "write funny," this book offers a paradigm shift in understanding the mechanics and art of comedy, and the proven, practical tools that help writers translate that understanding...


John Badham On Directing: Notes from the Set of Saturday Night Fever, War Games, and More

by John Badham

Veteran director John Badham explains the elements of action and suspense and dissects the essentials of any good scene from any genre. Badham's list of "12 Questions You Must Ask Before Stepping On Set" is...


Crowdfunding for Filmmakers: The Way to a Successful Film Campaign

by John Trigonis

Crowdfunding for Filmmakers offers practical information, tips, and tactics for launching a successful film campaign by detailing traditional models of fundraising, utilizing today's technological and social...


Alfred Hitchcock's Moviemaking Master Class: Learning about Film from the Master of Suspense

by Tony Lee Moral

Alfred Hitchcock is one of the most revered filmmakers of the 20th century. Not only was he the "Master of Suspense," he was also an innovator of storyboarding, directing, framing, editing, and marketing. Hitchcock...


Shakespeare for Screenwriters: Timeless Writing Tips from the Master of Drama

by J. M. Evenson

Shakespeare for Screenwriters is the first book to use Shakespeare's works to examine the fundamentals of screenwriting. The book offers insight into what makes Shakespeare's creations so powerful by analyzing...


The Opera Manual

by Nicholas Ivor Martin

The Opera Manual is the only single source for the answers to these and other important questions. It is the ultimate companion for opera lovers, professionals, scholars, and teachers, featuring comprehensive...


Blacks in Blackface: A Sourcebook on Early Black Musical Shows

by Henry T. Sampson

Published in 1980, Blacks in Blackface was the first and most extensive book up to that time to deal exclusively with every aspect of all-Black musical comedies performed on the stage between 1910 and 1940....


Glorious Mud!: Ancient and Contemporary Earthen Design and Construction in North Africa, Western Europe, the Near East, and Southwest Asia

by Gus W. Van Beek & Ora Van Beek

Invented about 13,000 years ago, mud architecture has since been one of the most common, economical, useful, and widespread forms of building. It has been--and is still being--used for grand palaces and temples...


The GH Kaestlin Collection of Imperial Russian and Zemstvo Stamps

by Thomas Lera & Leon Finik

A quiet philatelist, George H. Kaestlin joined the original Rossika Society in 1935 along with the better known Theo B. Lavroff and K. Szymanowski. Whereas Lavroff contributed significantly to Russian philately...


Geographies of Dance: Body, Movement, and Corporeal Negotiations

by Olaf Kuhlke, Adam Pine & Frances Bronet

This book is the first comprehensive examination of the relationship between dance and geography. It includes articles from geographers, anthropologists, dance historians, architects, and urban planners and...


This Place, These People: Life and Shadow on the Great Plains

by David Stark & Nancy Warner

Nancy Warner’s photographs and David Stark’s interviews and reflections provide fresh perspective on the history and culture of a distinctly American phenomenon. Continuing in the tradition of Solomon D....


Slap Happy: How to Play World-Beat Rhythms with Just Your Body and a Buddy

by Dworsky Alan & Sansby Betsy

Slap Happy is for kids of all ages. It turns drum rhythms into body rhythms you can step, clap, and slap with a buddy. Right from the start, you'll be learning traditional dance rhythms from West Africa and...


Conga Drumming: A Beginner's Guide to Playing with Time

by Dworsky Alan & Sansby Betsy

This book--which won the 2000 DRUM Magazine Readers' Poll for "Best Instructional Book"--is a complete, step-by-step course on conga drumming. It's the book we looked for but couldn't find when we were first...


A Rhythmic Vocabulary: A Musician's Guide to Understanding and Improvising with Rhythm

by Dworsky Alan & Sansby Betsy

This 208-page book is the first systematic, comprehensive approach to learning about rhythm. It's for any drummer or other musician playing any style of music. It organizes and analyzes hundreds of African and...


Order in the Universe: The Films of John Carpenter

by Robert Cumbow

An obscure independent filmmaker until Halloween (1978), John Carpenter has been applauded for his classic sense of compositions, yet reviled for his "B-film" sensibility. With a chronology of Carpenter's career,...


Contemporary Romanian Cinema: The History of an Unexpected Miracle

by Dominique Nasta

Over the last decade, audiences worldwide have become familiar with highly acclaimed films from the Romanian New Wave such as 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007), The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005), and 12:08...


All the Time in the World: A Book of Hours

by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins

Entertaining, unexpected, and full of charm, the follow-up to Jessica Kerwin Jenkins’s Encyclopedia of the Exquisite presents a miscellany of engaging stories, detailing the intriguing customs, traditions,...