Book Buzz: The art of filmmaking at Lihu‘e Library

The Lihu‘e Public Library Film Club will screen the landmark Japanese film “Yojimbo” (1961) from acclaimed Japanese director Akira Kurosawa on Saturday evening.

Film buffs will gather at the Lihu‘e Library Conference Room to view the film on the “big screen” wall and linger afterwards to discuss this and other films. The club’s screenings are free and open to all.

Thanks to an independent donor and the cooperation of Janus Films, the club is presenting a series of four foreign films this summer. Next up on Aug. 13 is the French film “Jules and Jim” (1962) from director Francois Truffaut.

Lihu‘e Library hosts the film club as a way to bring people to the library, to support the library role as a community commons, to connect people with the great resources available at the public library, including a large DVD collection, and to help make the connection between story in literature and story in film.

This week’s Book Buzz covers a selection of resources on film and filmmaking available at your library.

Happy reading!

Actors at Work

By Rosemarie Tichler and Barry Jay Kaplan

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Conversations with fourteen brilliant actors reveal how to approach a script, prepare for rehearsal, work with other actors and directors, and work in film, TV and stage. They talk about their influences, idols, insecurities and key roles in their careers. Their varied experiences and differing sensibilities provide a resource to guide young people drawn to the theater. You may also be interested in Accents: A Manual for Actors by Robert Blumenfeld, Word of Mouth: A Guide to Commercial and Animation Voice-Over Excellence by Susan Blu or The 7 Simple Truths of Acting for the Teen Actor by Terry SIlverberg.

The Art of Dramatic Writing

Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives

By Lajos Egri

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This introduction to scriptwriting focuses on character and conflict and covers the theory and practice of writing well in this format. See also Secrets of the Screen Trade: From Concept to Sale by Allen B. Ury or The Hollywood Standard: The Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style by Christopher Riley.

The Complete Film Production Handbook

By Eve Light Honthaner

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The latest edition of this toolkit for film production features oodles of legal and organizational forms with explanations of how and when to use them. Also look for Short Films: How to Make and Distribute Them by Nathan Parker which takes you through the stages of the process from the idea to screening your film, Digital Filmmaking 101: An Essential Guide to Producing Low-Budget Movies by Dale Newton and John Gaspard or Girl Director: A How-To Guide for the First-Time, Flat-Broke Film Maker by Andrea Richards.

The Great Movies

By Roger Ebert

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This collection of essays on the crème de la crème of the silver screen by iconic film critic Ebert shows a blend of love and analysis that will send readers back to the films with a fresh set of eyes and renewed enthusiasm. See also Leonard Maltin’s 151 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen or his annual movie guides. You may also enjoy The Great Movie Stars by David Shipman or The Kauai Movie Book by Chris Cook.

How to Read a Film

Movies Media and Beyond

By James Monaco

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In this latest edition of the landmark media studies resource, Monaco collects an enormous amount of useful information and assembles it in a simple and systematic way. With its unique and sophisticated understanding of both the art and technology of film, it has become the definitive source on film and media. See also Reading Japanese Film: Cinema in Context by Keiko I. McDonald.

How They Cast It

An Insider’s Look at Film and Television Casting

By Rob Kendt

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With the goal of elucidating the contribution that casting directors make to the filmmaking process this collection of examples of casting ten well-known shows is an eye-opener. It describes the role of breakdown services in the modern casting process and an insider’s look at a critical part of filmmaking. For some wild tales of stunts try Full Burn: On the Set, at the Bar, behind the Wheel, and Over the Edge with Hollywood Stuntmen by Kevin Conley.

The Perfect Pitch

How to Sell Yourself and Your Movie Idea to Hollywood

By Ken Rotcop

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In today’s competitive marketplace, filmmakers, business professionals and students all need to learn how to successfully sell themselves and their ideas. You may also want to try Making the Perfect Pitch by Katharine Sands.

Stage Makeup

The Actor’s Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Today’s Techniques and Materials

By Laura Thudium

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Thudium provides an all-purpose resource that helps you acquire stage makeup skills such as analyzing facial features, assembling a makeup kit, color mixing, period and age makeup, and keeping skin healthy and clean.

 • Carolyn Larson, head librarian at Lihu‘e Public Library, brings you the buzz on new, popular and good books available at your neighborhood library. Book annotations are culled from online publishers’ descriptions and published reviews.

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