I’ve recently read Sculpting in Time by Andrei Tarkovsky 23 times. Not sure how good it was though as it didn’t really seem to go anywhere.
You read a book that didn’t seem to go anywhere 23 times?
Well it was very short and I think it’s always worth giving Tarkovsky more than one chance, you know, just incase it was me who reading it incorrectly.
The only other Tarkovski stuff I’ve read is Elements of Cinema which was OK…only read that one once though.
Doesnt go anywhere? really.?
Jean Renoir by André Bazin
Bela Balazs – “Theory of the Film” track this down alongside Vsevolod Pudovkin’ “Film Technique” – nevermind the fact they’re decades old, the information in them is relevant to filmmaking as ever.
Here are three superb books; the first two are focused on theory…
Film as Art; Rudolph Arnheim
Theory of Film; Siegfried Kracauer
In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing; Walter Murch
You read these three books, you’ll know as much about the medium — and how the manipulation of image really works on the human mind — as any film school graduate.
I am not kidding.
The Cinema Effect by Sean Cubitt
The Technique of Film Editing by Karel Reisz