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Reference  Books

see also Magic Lantern's 'On Writing & Screenwriting' Page

see also Magic Lantern's Great Movie Quotes Page

New Biographical Dictionary of Film book by David Thomson   "The New Biographical Dictionary of Film: Fifth Edition, Completely Updated and Expanded" [orig 1975, 5th edition 2010] by David Thomson
Kindle Edition from Random House Digital [10/2010] for $23.99
Knopf 9½x7 deckle-edge hardcover [10/2010] for $25.13
Halliwell's: The Movies That Matter book edited by David Gritten  "Halliwell's: The Movies That Matter - From Bogart To Bond & All The Latest Film Releases" [2008]
Edited by David Gritten

HarperCollins 9¾x7½ pb [12/2008] for $25.94
Film Encyclopedia book by Ephraim Katz & Ronald Dean Nolan   "The Film Encyclopedia: The Complete Guide To Film & The Film Industry"
[orig 1979, rev 2008] by Ephraim Katz [1932-92], revised by Ronald Dean Nolan

6th Edition: Collins 9x7½ pb [9/2008] for $24.82
5th Edition: Collins 9x7½ pb [11/2005] for $19.80
4th Edition: HarperCollins 9x7½ pb [3/2001] out of print/used
Halliwell's Guide  
"Halliwell's Film, Video & DVD Guide"
Edited by John Walker

2008 23rd Edition: HarperCollins 10½x8¼ pb [4/2008] for $26.37
2006 22nd Edition: HarperCollins 10½x8¼ pb [12/2005] out of print/used
Cinema Year by Year  "Cinema: Year By Year"
1894-2006 Edition by David Thomson & others
DK Publng 6-pound 11½x9¼ hardcover [8/2006] out of print/used
1894-2005 Edition by David Thomson & others
DK Publng 7-pound 11½x9½ hardcover [8/2005] out of print/used
1894-2004 edition by Robyn Karney & others
DK Publng 7-pound 11¾x9¾ hardcover [8/2004] out of print/used
Halliwell's Who's Who  
"Halliwell's Who's Who In The Movies" [2003]
Edited by John Walker

HarperCollins 10½x8½ 15th edition pb [8/2003] for $15.72
AFI Desk Reference   "American Film Institute Desk Reference: The Complete Guide To Everything You Need To Know About The Movies" [2002]
by Melinda Corey & George Ochoa

DK Publng 9½x7¾ hardcover [11/2002] for $28.00
New Biographical Dictionary of Filmby by David Thomson  "The New Biographical Dictionary of Film"
[orig 1975, 4th edition 2002] by David Thomson

"The finest reference book on the movies." — Benjamin Schwarz
Knopf 9¼x6¾ pb [11/2004] for $15.61
Knopf 9½x7¼ hardcover [10/2002] for $23.10
Film Dictionary  "The Complete Film Dictionary" [Meridian 1997]
by Ira Konigsberg

Penguin 9.3x7.3 pb [11/98] for $13.27
Penguin 9½x7¾ hardcover [9/97] out of print/used
Oxford History   "The Oxford History of World Cinema" [1996]
Edited by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith

Oxford Univ Press pb [2/99] for $20.97
Oxford Univ Press hardcover [11/96] for $55.00
Overlook Film Encyclopedia / The Western  "The Overlook Film Encyclopedia" Edited by Phil Hardy
"The Western" [Wm. Morrow 1984]
Overlook 11¾x9¼ pb [10/95] for $30.40
Overlook 12x9½ hardcover [5/94] for $65.00
"Horror" [1986]
Overlook 11¾x9¼ pb [10/95] for $27.60
Overlook 12x9½ hardcover [9/94] for $47.45
"Science Fiction" [Wm. Morrow 1984]
Overlook 11½x9 {5.2 lbs} pb [10/95] for $28.00
Overlook 12x9½ hardcover [5/94] for $47.45
"The Gangster Film"
Overlook 11½x9¼ pb [12/98] for $45.00
Overlook 12x9½ hardcover [10/98] for $65.00

The  Art  &  Business  of  Film-Making

Movie Speak book by Tony Bill  "Movie Speak: How To Talk Like You Belong On A Movie Set" [2009]
by Tony Bill

Workman Publng 6¼x4½ pb [1/2009] for $8.95

Tony Bill's credits at IMDb

Hollywood Assistants Handbook 86 Rules book by Hillary Stamm & Peter Nowalk  "The Hollywood Assistants Handbook: 86 Rules For Aspiring Power Players" [2008]
by Hillary Stamm & Peter Nowalk

Workman Publng 8¾x4¾ pb [5/2008] for $11.01
Guide To Real Jobs In The Film Industry book by Brian Dzyak  "What I Really Want To Do On Set In Hollywood: A Guide To Real Jobs In The Film Industry" [2008]
by Brian Dzyak

Lone Eagle 8¾x6 pb [5/2008] for $13.57
Bordwell & Thompson's Film Art Introduction textbook  "Film Art: An Introduction" [2006]
by David Bordwell & Kristin Thompson

popular first-year film school text, 8th edition since 1979
McGraw-Hill 10¾x8½ 8th ed. pb w/tutorial CD-ROM [12/2008] out of print/used
McGraw-Hill 10x½x8¼ 8th edition pb [12/2006] out of print/many, many used
McGraw-Hill 10x¼x8½ 7th edition pb [6/2003] out of print/many, many used
Jumpstart Your Awesome Film Production Company book by Sara Caldwell  
"Jumpstart Your Awesome Film Production Company" [2005]
by Sara Caldwell

Allworth Press 8¾x6 pb [3/2005] for $13.57
 book edited by Jason E. Squire   "The Movie Business Book, Third Edition" [orig 1983, rev 2004]
Edited by Jason E. Squire

contributors include producer Barbara Boyle, Mel Brooks, attorney Peter J. Dekom, screenwriter William Goldman, producer Michael Grillo, filmmaker Henry Jaglom, independent exhibitor Robert Laemmle, director Sydney Pollack, producer David Puttnam, literary agent Lee G. Rosenberg, studio exec Tom Rothman, many others
Kindle Edition from Simon & Schuster Digital Sales [2004 edition] for $13.99
Touchstone/Fireside 9¼x6¼ pb [6/2004] for $12.24

Complete Film Production Handbook & CD-ROM  "The Complete Film Production Handbook and CD-ROM"
[orig 1993, 3rd edition 2001]
by Eve Light Honthaner

Focal Press 11x8½ pb [4/2001] for $36.27
Producing For Hollywood  "Producing For Hollywood: A Guide For The Independent Producer"
[2000] by Paul Mason & Don Gold

Allworth Press 9x6 pb [9/2000] for $13.97
Producer Handbook  "The Producer's Business Handbook" [2000]
by John J. Lee jr

Focal Press 10x7 pb & CD-ROM [3/2000] for $34.97

John Lee's Ent. Business Group website

Breaking & Entering  "Breaking & Entering: Land Your First Job In Film Production" [1997]
by April Fitzsimmons

Lone Eagle 9x6 pb [6/97] for $12.57
Making Movies   "Making Movies" [1995]
by Sidney Lumet

Vintage 8x5¼ pb [3/96] for $9.60
Knopf 8¾x6 hardcover [3/95] out of print/used
Sydney Lumets's credits from IMDb
Gaffers, Grips & Best Boys book by Eric Taub  "Gaffers, Grips and Best Boys: From Producer-Director To Gaffer & Computer Special Effects Creator, A Behind-The-Scenes Look At Who Does What In The Making of A Motion Picture" [1987; rev 1995]
by Eric Taub

St. Martin's Griffin 8¼x5½ pb [1/95] for $13.22
St. Martin's Press {mixed formats} [1987] out of print/used
Cinema Book   "The Cinema Book" [1986]
Edited by Pam Cook & Mieke Bernink

BFI 11&fracx8 pb [12/99] for $35.00
Pantheon pb [10/86] out of print/used
BFI hardcover [12/99] for $76.99
Art PoPix   "The Art of The Moving Picture" [orig 1915; rev 2000]
by Vachel Lindsay [1879-1931]; edited by Martin Scorsese

Kindle Edition from Modern Library [12/2010] for $11.99
Modern Library 8x5 pb [3/2000] for $13.77
original editions:
CreateSpace 10x8 pb [9/2011] for $12.99
IndyPublish 9x6 pb [2/2005] for $35.99

L i n k s

American Magic-Lantern Theater Touring Company (based in CT)

The Writers Store: est. 3/1982 in Westwood {Los Angeles}, moved 8/2010 to Burbank, California

browse Plasma HDTV sets from $2,300 at Amazon
browse Flat-Panel LCD HDTV sets from $500 at Amazon

Film Businesses Page
History of Cinema Pages
The Movie Industry Page

'Film School Thru Commentaries' educational weblog

Motion  Picture  Arts  &  Crafts

see also the Other Movie Business People Page
which includes individuals in several categories of movie industry personnel, such as
producers & writers & agents, who do not fit on Magic Lantern's other such pages,
like Directors of Today and Actors & Movie Stars of Today

Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers [est. 1916]

S.M.P.T.E. entry on Wikipedia

Interviews With Film Production Designers  "By Design: Interviews With Film Production Designers" [2002]
by Vincent LoBrutto

Praeger 9x6 pb [8/92] for $31.95
Praeger 9¾x6½ hardcover [8/92] for $79.95
Filmmaker's Guide To Production Design  "The Filmmaker's Guide To Production Design" [2002]
by Vincent LoBrutto

Allworth Press 9x6 pb [9/2002] for $14.16
Film Technology In Post Production  "Film Technology In Post Production" [2nd edition 2001, orig 1997]
by Dominic Case

Focal Press 8½x5½ pb [8/2001] for $24.39

Film  Technology

Eastman Kodak   Student Filmmaker Handbook
Glossary of Mo-Pix Terms
Digital Learning Center

A History of Technicolor
film formats pages at Internet Encyclopedia of Cinematographers
High Definition New Mexico in Santa Fe, NM
Magic Lantern's Stereoscopic {3-D} Cinema Page
Stereoscopic Displays & Applications Conference [Jan 2010 = #15] in San Jose, CA

"Technicolor Movies: The History of Dye Transfer Printing" [1993]
by Richard W. Haines
McFarland & Co. hardcover [11/93] out of print/used

Cinematography  &  Cinematographers
now on their own page
main page people books films organizations links

cinematography catalog at

Magic Lantern's Stereoscopic {3-D} Cinema Page
Stereoscopic Displays & Applications Conference [Jan 2010 = #15] in San Jose, CA

Five C's  "The Five C's of Cinematography: Motion Picture Filming
Techniques" [1965 classic]
by Joseph V. Mascelli

Silman James Press 11x8½ pb [6/98] for $20.97
Light   "Painting With Light" [1995]
by cinematographer John Alton

Univ of Calif Press 10x7½ pb [4/95] for $19.25
Univ of Calif Press hardcover [4/95] out of print/used
John Alton [1901-96] credits from IMDb
Laszlo / Rembrandt   "Every Frame a Rembrandt: Art & Practice of Cinematography"
[2000] by Andrew Laszlo, ASC

Focal Press 9¼x6 pb [5/2000] for $27.99
Andrew Laszlo's credits from IMDb

Film  Editing
Motion Pictures Editors Guild [est. 1937] - I.A.T.S.E. Local 700
A.M.P.A.S. Teachers Guide on Film Editing

American Cinema Editors [est. Nov 1950]

Cutting Edge Movie Editing   "The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing"
[B.B.C./Starz Oct 2004]
Produced & directed by Wendy Apple; narrated by Kathy Bates

Warner widescreen color DVD [9/2005] for $10.99
full credits at IMDb
Murch & Ondaatje   "The Conversations: Walter Murch & The Art of Editing Film" [2002]
by Michael Ondaatje
listed in 'L.A. Times 100 Best Books of 2002'

Random House pb [7/2002] out of print/used
Knopf hardcover [9/2002] for $24.50
Walter Murch's credits from IMDb
Cut To The Chase   "Cut To The Chase: Forty-Five Years of Editing America's Favorite Movies" [2002]
by Sam & Bobbie O'Steen

Michael Wiese Prodns 10x7 pb [1/2002] for $17.47
Sam O'Steen [1923-2000] credits from IMDb
A Perspective On Film Editing  "In The Blink of An Eye: A Perspective On Film Editing"
[orig 1995, 2nd edition 2001]
by Walter Murch

Silman-James Press pb [8/2001] for $11.58
Dmytryk / Editing   "On Film Editing: An Introduction To The Art of Film Construction"
[1984] by director Edward Dmytryk [1908-99]

Focal Press 8¼x5½ pb [12/84] for $31.95

Edward Dmytryk's credits at IMDb

Shooting / Cutting   "When The Shooting Stops, The Cutting Begins: A Film Editor's Story"
[1979] by Ralph Rosenblum & Robert Karen

DaCapo Press 7¾x5 pb [5/88] for $11.90
Viking pb [10/80] out of print/used
Viking hardcover [10/79] out of print/used
Ralph Rosenblum [1925-95] credits from IMDb
Technique of Film Editing   "The Technique of Film Editing" [1953 classic]
by Karel Reisz & Gavin Miller

Focal Press 9¼x6.2 pb [6/95] for $49.99
Focal Press 9x6 pb [2/74] out of print/used
Karel Reisz [1926-2002] credits from IMDb

Sound Dept.
Sven E. Carlsson's FilmSound website + Film Sound History pages
history of motion picture sound at University of San Diego: 1910-1929 1930-1989 1990-2000
film sound history timeline at Middle Tennessee State University
S.O. Coutant's microphone museum
Cinema Audio Society - sound mixers [est. 1964]
Vitaphone Sound [1926-30] Section on Magic Lantern's Warner Bros. Studios Page
The Village Recording Studios in West Los Angeles, CA
A.M.P.A.S. Teachers Guide on Motion Picture Sound & Music

Magic Lantern's Film Music & Composers Page

Association of Motion Picture Sound in U.K.        Motion Picture Sound Editors [est. 1953]        Digital Dreams Sound Studio [est. 1986] in Burbank, California

Silent Film Sound book by Rick Altman  "Silent Film Sound" [2005]
by Rick Altman

Columbia Univ Press 10x8 pb [3/2007] for $30.00
Columbia Univ Press 10¼x8 hardcover [1/2005] for $90.00
Now We're Talking  "Now We're Talking: The Story of Theodore W. Case & Sound-On-Film" [2003]
by Antonia K. & Luke P. Colella

Authorhouse 9¼x6¼ pb [11/2003] for $13.95
Authorhouse hardcover [1/2003] out of print/rare
Sounds of Early Cinema  "The Sounds of Early Cinema" [2001]
Edited by Richard Abel & Rick Altman

Indiana Univ Press 9¼x6¼ pb [10/2001] for $22.95
Indiana Univ Press 9½x6½ hardcover [10/2001] for $49.95
Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound  "Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound" [orig 1999, 2nd edition 2003]
by David Lewis Yewdall, MPSE

Focal Press 9½x7 pb with audio CD [2/2003] for $41.80
Sound For Film & Television  "Sound For Film and Television" [2nd edition 2001, orig 1997]
by Tomlinson Holman

Focal Press 11x8½ pb with audio CD [12/2001] for $49.95
Butterworth-Heinemann 11x8½ pb [4/97] out of print/used
Speed of Sound Talkie Revolution book by Scott Eyman  "The Speed of Sound: Hollywood and The Talkie Revolution,
1926-1930" [1997]
by Scott Eyman

Johns Hopkins Univ Press 9¼x6 pb [5/99] out of print/used
S&S 9½x6½ hardcover [3/97] out of print/used

Grips & Electrical

Grip Book / Comprehensive Reference  "The Grip Book: The Comprehensive Reference For Grips"
[orig 1988, 3rd edition 2006] by Michael G. Uva

Focal Press 9x6½ pb & CD-ROM [4/2006] for $39.95
Lighting Technician's Handbook   "Set Lighting Technician's Handbook: Film Lighting Equipment,
Practice & Electrical Distribution" [orig 1993, 3rd edition 2003]
by Harry C. Box

Focal Press 9¼x6 pb [3/2003] for $30.99
Placing Shadows / Lighting Techniques  "Placing Shadows: Lighting Techniques For Video Production" [1995]
by Chuck B. Gloman & Tom Letourneau

Focal Press 10x7 pb [3/2000] for $24.49
Motion Picture & Video Lighting  "Motion Picture and Video Lighting" [1993]
by Blain Brown

Focal Press 10x7 pb [9/95] for $44.60
Film Lighting / Cinematographers & Gaffers book by Kris Malkiewicz  "Film Lighting: Talks With Hollywood's Cinematographers and Gaffers"
[1986] by Kris Malkiewicz

Fireside Books 9x7 pb [8/86] for $15.61
Interviews with gaffers {chief electricians} and cinematographers who know their
business, including John Alonzo ASC, Caleb Deschanel ASC, Conrad Hall ASC,
James Wong Howe ASC, Haskell Wexler ASC, Vilmos Zsigmond ASC, among
others; book is divided into cinematography, lighting equipment, image manipulation,
and studio & location lighting; with glossary

Special Effects aka 'SFX'

Special Effects History and Technique book by Richard Rickitt  "Special Effects: The History and Technique" [2000]
by Richard Rickitt, Foreword by Ray Harryhausen

Billboard Books 2nd edition 11¾x9¾ hardcover [4/2007] out of print/many used
Billboard Books 12x9¾ hardcover [10/2000] out of print/many used
Virgin Books 11¾x9¾ hardcover [10/2000] out of print/used

Other Arts & Crafts 'Below The Line'

Internet Movie Car Database

20th Century Props in North Hollywood, CA {out of business auction July 2009}        Andy Lee Storyboards of Calabasas, CA


Eastman House Timeline of Photography
A History of Photography
B.P.W. Limited Classic & Collectible Cameras [est. 1983]
New Mexico Photography Field School [est. 1986] of Santa Fe, NM
Texas Photographic Society [est. 1985]

Arts & Photography / Photography Books catalog at Amazon

History of The Photographic Lens  
"A History of The Photographic Lens" [1989]
by Rudolf Kingslake

Academic Press hardcover [10/89] for $66.95
Matters of Light & Depth  "Matters of Light and Depth: Creating Memorable Images For
Video, Film & Stills Through Lighting" [1999]
by Ross Lowell
lighting for still & film & digital photography

Lowel-Light Mfg 9x9 pb [4/99] for $28.95
Spira History of Photography  
"The History of Photography: As Seen Thru The Spira Collection"
[2001] by S. F. Spira, Jonathan B. Spira & Eaton S. Lothrop, Jr.

Aperture 12¼x10 hardcover [12/2001] for $52.50
Camera History from Daguerreotype to Digital book by Todd Gustavson  "Camera: A History of Photography From Daguerreotype To Digital"
[2009] by Todd Gustavson

Sterling Innovation 11½x10 hardcover [10/2009] for $28.35

  Photography Equipment  

Camera & Photo Store at Amazon
F.J.S. International Film & Digital Cinema Marketplace in Hollywood, Florida
Edelkrone camera & DSLR rigs in Ankara, Turkey

  Digital Photography  

International Digital Media Alliance

Entertainment Technology Expo [formerly HD Expo est. 2001]
events held in New York City, Chicago & Los Angeles

Digital Video Expo [Sept 2009] in Pasadena, CA

Digital Cinema Revolution  
"Digital Cinema: The Revolution In Cinematography,
Post-Production & Distribution" [2005]
by Brian McKernan

McGraw-Hill/TAB 9¼x6½ pb [3/2005] for $27.57
Digital Cinema Filmmaker's Training Course on 25 DVD disks   "The Digital Cinema Filmmaker's Training Course"
[Digital Cinema Training June 2006]

Topics covered include: building the screenplay; writing clearly; physical construction of a screenplay; film editing; filmmaking equipment & gear; lighting; basic production in a controlled studio environment; movie production (approx. 12 hours); and advanced lighting. Co-produced, written & directed by Rush Hamden
D.C.T. color DVD set [6/2006] 25 disks - out of prodn/used {orig $439}
full credits at IMDb official distrubutor site
Rush Hamden's credits at IMDb, mostly as cinematographer
LIFE Guide to Digital Photography book by Joe McNally  
"LIFE Guide To Digital Photography: Everything You Need To Shoot Like The Pros [2010] by Joe McNally, Foreword by John Loengard
LIFE Books 9x8 pb [10/2010] for $17.53
Digital Equipment

Silicon Imaging [est. 10/2005] digital cameras
including SI-3D camera & playback system [unveiled 4/2009]

Panasonic AG-HMC40 2-pound professional camcorder
[9/2008] for $1,995.00 {list $3,195}

browse Bestselling Professional Camcorders category at Amazon

The Flip® digital video camcorder
The stripped-down Flip now commands 17 percent of the U.S. video camera market. (per IFA News, 9/2009)
official website {Cisco / Pure Digital}
browse the Flip® Video Store at Amazon
Pure Digital / Flip bestsellers at Amazon

Fujifilm FinePix Real 3-D digital stereoscopic cameras
listed among TIME Magazine's 50 Best Inventions, November 2009
Fujifilm FinePix W1 Real 3-D Dual 10MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom and 2.8-inch LCD
camera, with lithium ion battery included [11/2005] for $899.99 {some non-USA}
Fujifilm FinePix W3 Real 3-D Digital Camera with 3.5-inch LCD
camera, with lithium ion battery included [8/2010] for $225.24 {USA only}

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