Recommended Books

Kim Welch

Senior Member
Staff member
Recommended Reading For Directors & Actors:

  • Directing Actors by Judith Weston.
  • Action by Robert Benedetti
  • Film Directing, Cinematic Motion: A Workshop for Staging Scenes by Steven Katz
  • A Challenge for the Actor by Uta Hagen.
  • On Directing by Harold Clurman
  • A Sense of Direction by William Ball
  • The Way of the Actor by Don Millman
  • Improvisation for the Theatre by Viola Spolin
  • Acting: The First Six Lessons by Richard Boleslavski
  • A Practical Handbook for the Actor by Melissa Bruder & others
  • Acting on Film by Michael Caine
  • The Secrets of Screen Acting by Patrick Tucker
  • The Genius of the System by Tom Shatz


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I must add Making Movies by Sidney Lumet to this list. It's a fantastic read that has some really interesting and insightful thoughts from a true master on the subject. If nothing else, it gets me extremely excited about filmmaking and movies in general. When you're dogged down in some really hard preproduction, that can count for a lot.