February 9, 2016
Inspiration has many sources. Here are some of CCG’s fave book picks:
The Filmmaker's Handbook by Ascher and Pincus is packed with useful information—from scriptwriting to production to post. It is a must-read book for beginners and a good refresher for seasoned professionals.
Making Movies by Sidney Lumet
One of my favorite directors, Sidney Lumet (12 Angry Men, Network, The Pawnbroker, Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico) recounts his life in movies and how to make a movie from beginning to end.
Color Correction Handbook by Alexis Van Hurkman
A must-have for anyone going into color correcting or adding it to their skill set. There are a lot of technical how-to videos online that are great, but this book gets to the heart of the matter and prepares you to color correct on any application that is thrown at you.
-by Kevin Reiner, Head Video Editor
Strength Finders 2.0 by Tom Roth
I love books that help you discover your different personality traits and this one was especially helpful in discovering my top five strengths.
Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
This book helped me understand how to work better and also how to work with others. Once you recognize a co-worker’s personality, you can find different ways to present ideas and work together better.
Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson, M.D.
This book provides a great way to easily understand how to react to everything and how to approach change and differences.
-by Kara Covrig, Media Specialist, Account Coordinator
How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times by Roy Peter Clark
This is an essential book for any copywriter. Clark, (no relation to Fred or Mel) is Senior Scholar at the Poynter Institute and shares many clever ways to approach short writing. He champions the wordsmithery of the legendary Tom Petty and dissects the lyrics of Petty’s rock solid hit “Free Fallin.” In so few and simple words, Petty has you quickly dreaming of driving down a sunny highway with the wind in your hair. Clark also suggests studying such historic passages as Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. His overarching message: keep it short. I look forward to reading and learning from the rest of the extensive works in Mr. Clark’s helpful repertoire.
Damn Good Advice (for People with Talent) How to Unleash Your Creative Potential By America’s Master Communicator by George Lois. A thought-provoking book by New York advertising legend George Lois, who created “the Big Idea” and the wildly popular slogan “I Want My MTV.” His snippets of wisdom are easy to glance through and are good springboards for ideas.
A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman
Ackerman’s love affair with words is evident in this 90’s-era tome. Ackerman’s description of the senses is invigorating and helps inspire imagination through science and wonder.
-by Jennifer Litton, Copywriter
The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst
When I was a student, I read this book from cover-to-cover, twice! It stirred up the design nerd in me so much that it sealed the deal for me to become a graphic designer. It was actually a recommended read for both a typography class and a book-making class. I don’t think it’s for everyone though. I’ve met designers who love it and designers who hate it. I also get a lot of inspiration from reading online blogs and listening to other designers.
-by Althea Satterfield, Graphic Designer
In the Blink of An Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing by Walter Murch
It may be because nonfiction has never appealed to me, or perhaps it’s just difficult to read about something you already spend so much time doing, but video editing has always felt like “one of those things” you just can’t read about, with one notable exception: In the Blink of an Eye. It is a fascinating look at why the audience unconsciously accepts our unnatural work of changing visual perspective.
-by Molly Polsen, Video Editor