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Television on the Wild Wild Web: And How to Blaze Your Own Trail

by Marx H. Pyle

There are many books that assist writers with their craft, structure, and formatting, all of which are important. However, there does not exist a guide for writers to understand the evolution of their genre....


Film and the German Left in the Weimar Republic: From Caligari to Kuhle Wampe

by Bruce Murray

The Weimar Republic of Germany, covering the post-World War I period of civil and governmental strife, witnessed a great struggle among a variety of ideologies, a struggle for which the arts provided one important...


Pretty Pictures: Production Design and the History Film

by C. S. Tashiro

Theories of film have traditionally dealt with either narrative or industrial issues, with the consequence that the physical content of the graphic frame has often been ignored or relegated to the sidelines....


The New Latin American Cinema: A Continental Project

by Zuzana M. Pick

During the 1967 festival of Latin American Cinema in Viña del Mar, Chile, a group of filmmakers who wanted to use film as an instrument of social awareness and change formed the New Latin American Cinema. Nearly...


From Walt to Woodstock: How Disney Created the Counterculture

by Douglas Brode

With his thumbprint on the most ubiquitous films of childhood, Walt Disney is widely considered to be the most conventional of all major American moviemakers. The adjective "Disneyfied" has become shorthand...


The Euro-American Cinema

by Peter Lev

With McDonalds in Moscow and Disneyland in Paris and Tokyo, American popular culture is spreading around the globe. Regional, national, and ethnic cultures are being powerfully affected by competition from American...


Todd Haynes: Interviews

by Julia Leyda

A pioneer of the New Queer Cinema, Todd Haynes (b. 1961) is a leading American independent filmmaker. Whether working with talking dolls in a homemade short (Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story) or with Oscar-winning...


The Filmmaker's Guide to Digital Imaging: for Cinematographers, Digital Imaging Technicians, and Camera Assistants

by Blain Brown

It's a whole new world for cinematographers, camera assistants, and postproduction artists. New equipment, new methods, and new technologies have to be learned and mastered. New roles such as that of the DIT...


How I Shot the YouTube Megahit "All by Myself" on My iPhone and Why I'm Not Lonely Anymore

by Richard Dunn

This funny guide to shooting videos on your iPhone will inspire you to use your imagination and see the world in a different way. Dunn provides a firsthand account of what it's like go from unknown to Internet...


Deathwatch: American Film, Technology, and the End of Life

by C. Scott Combs

While cinema is a medium with a unique ability to “watch life” and “write movement,” it is equally singular in its portrayal of death. The first study to unpack American cinema’s long history of representing...


Animal Stars: Behind the Scenes with Your Favorite Animal Actors

by PhD Robin Ganzert & Allen & Linda Anderson

When cameras roll and directors call, "Action," some of the most dependable, funniest, and most enthusiastic actors stand poised on four legs, with ears alert. These charming and sometimes hilarious stories...


A Companion to Martin Scorsese

by Aaron Baker

A Companion to Martin Scorsese is a comprehensive collection of original essays assessing the career of one of America's most prominent contemporary filmmakers.

  • Contains contributions from prominent scholars...


Stephen King Films FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the King of Horror on Film

Making a Winning Short

by Edmond Levy

Making a Winning Short is the first book to give hands-on instruction on how to write, direct, edit, and produce a fictional short in film or video. Edmond Levy guides the beginning filmmaker step-by-step through...


The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

by James Rose

No-one who has ever seen the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) is ever likely to forget the experience. An intense fever dream (or nightmare), it is remarkable for its sense of sustained threat and...


The Silence of the Lambs

by Barry Forshaw

The 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs, based on Thomas Harris’s bestseller, was a game-changer in the fields of both horror and crime cinema. FBI trainee Clarice Starling was a new kind of heroine, vulnerable,...


Let the Right One In

by Anne Billson

Audiences can't get enough of fang fiction. Twilight, True Blood, Being Human, The Vampire Diaries, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Blade, Underworld, and the novels of Anne Rice and Darren Shan—against this glut...


The Descent

by James Marriott

The story of an all-female caving expedition gone horribly wrong, The Descent (2005) is arguably the best of the mid-2000s horror entries to return verve and intensity to the genre. Unlike its peers (Saw [2004],...


Witchfinder General

by Ian Cooper

Witchfinder General (1968), known as The Conqueror Worm in America, was directed by Michael Reeves and occupies a unique place in British cinema. Equally praised and vilified, the film fictionalizes the exploits...


SAW

by Ben Poole

Like all game changers within the horror genre, SAW was an independent success, a low-budget champion that flourished without the patronage of a big studio. Not bad for the most successful horror franchise ever,...