Reading List

FALL TERM—Required

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Stephen King

Cinematic Storytelling: The 100 Most Powerful Film Conventions Every Filmmaker Must Know

Jennifer Van Sijll

Aristotle's Poetics for Screenwriters: Storytelling Secrets From the Greatest Mind in Western Civilization

Michael Tierno

The Whole Picture: Strategies for Screenwriting in the New Hollywood

Richard Walter

FALL TERM—Optional

Film Technique and Film Acting

Vsevolod Illarionovich Pudovkin

When The Shooting Stops...The Cutting Begins: A Film Editor's Story

Ralph Rosenblum

Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting

Syd Field

Save The Cat!

Black Snyder

Story: Substance, Structure, Style and The Principles of Screenwriting

Robert McKee

The Screenwriter’s Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script

David Trottier

Reading for a Living: How to Be a Professional Story Analyst for Film and Television

Terri L. Katahn

The Hero With a Thousand Faces

Joseph Campbell

The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers

Christopher Vogler

Morphology of the Folktale

Vladimir Propp (trans. Laurence Scott)


The Hollywood Standard: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style

Christopher Riley