Making Movies by Sidney Lumet
I had had seen a few of his movies but never really given him much thought as a director but after reading his book, I’m amazed at how useful and informative it was. While reading and even since reading it I’ve referenced this book a few times on the show and have tried to take as much as possible out of it into my own directing work. With Lumet when he writes about sound design, script, working with cast and crew, it all comes from someone who knows what he is talking about. Sidney Lumet had a long career in filmmaking. Long enough to see how the studios changes and the business changed over the years. He writes from the point of teaching so much of his knowledge to us, not because he wanted to make a buck selling some books, but because people asked him too.
If you don’t know who Sidney Lumet is check out a few of his movie. He is most well known for Dog Day Afternoon but I would also recommend The Pawnbroker, and of course give this book a read.