Books For Creatives – Every Book Review on the Blog

Books For Creatives – Every Book Review on the Blog

FilmCraft Editing - Justin Chang

I love a good book. I love acquiring new knowledge, discovering fresh ideas and enjoying a good tale, well told.

So over the years I’ve come to review quite a few of the books I’ve been enjoying, often on a variety of topics circling around post-production, business ideas, creative thinking, creative people and a few other random topics in between.

What follows are some quick links to every book related post on the blog. I’ve also put a few of my absolute favourite books in bold so they’re easier to spot.

Last Updated – January 2022

How to be a freelance creative

I’ve also written my own ebook, How to be a Freelance Creative, with the aspiration of helping other creative professionals enjoy their freelance journey.

After 10+ years of freelancing, the book is essentially everything I know about building a successful freelance career, from handling your money to getting better clients in a quick 100 pages.

Books on Post-Production

Books on Post Production

NEWCut To The Monkey: A Hollywood Editor’s Behind The Scenes Secrets to Making Hit Comedies, by Roger Nygard. My new favourite book on editing and must read for any editor!

NEWA Long time ago, in a cutting room far, far away – Star Wars editor Paul Hirsch’s industry memoir reviewed

4 Essential Books on Negotiation >

  • Never Split The Difference by Chris Voss
  • Getting To Yes by Roger Fisher and William Ury
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnagie
  • The Anatomy of Peace by The Arbinger Institute

5 Books on Film Editing for 2019 >

  • Writing for The Cut by Greg Loftin
  • The Guide to Managing PostProduction for Film, TV and Digital Distribution by Barbara Clark et al
  • The Healthy Edit, 2nd Edition by John Rosenberg
  • The Total Filmmaker by Jerry Lewis
  • On Film Editing by Edward Dmytryk

Books on Film Editing Part 1 >

  • Behind The Seen – Editing Cold Mountain on Final Cut Pro by Charles Koppelman.
  • Making Movies by Sidney Lumet.
  • The Film Editing Room Handbook by Norman Hollyn.
  • The Conversations: Walter Murch and The Art of Editing Film by Michael Ondaatje.
  • When the Shooting Stops… The Cutting Begins by Ralph Rosenblum and Robert Karen.
  • The Final Cut by Steven Bach.
  • Notes on The Making of Apocalypse Now by Eleanor Coppola.

Books on Film Editing Part 2 >

  • Cut to The Chase by Sam O’Steen.
  • In The Blink of an Eye by Walter Murch.
  • The Visual Story by Bruce Block.
  • The Invisible Cut by Bobbie O’Steen.

Books on Film Editing Part 3 >

  • First Cut 2 – More Conversations with Film Editors by Gabriella Oldham.
  • Cutting Rhythms – Shaping the Film Edit by Karen Pearlman.
  • Conversations with Wilder by Cameron Crowe.
  • First Cut – Conversations with Film Editors by Gabriella Oldham.

Books on Craft of Film Editing >

  • Film Craft by Justin Chang.
  • Final Cut Pro X: Pro Workflow by Mike Matzdorff.
  • Concrete Wedding Cake by John Heath.
  • Avid Uncut: Workflows, Tips and Techniques from Hollywood Pros by Steve Hullfish.
  • Dream Repairman by Jim Clark.

The Art of The Cut by Steve Hullfish > A worthy purchase for any editor looking to soak up some serious editorial wisdom from some of the world’s best editors, helpfully ordered by topic.

The Making of a Motion Picture Editor by Thomas A. Ohanian > A 560 page journey through the history of film editing in the past half-century or so, as seen through the eyes of the editors who cut some of American cinema’s most popular and influential films.

6 Books for Modern Storytellers >

  • Storytelling for Virtual Reality by John Bucher.
  • Jump Cut by Lori Jane Coleman ACE and Diana Friedberg ACE.
  • Developing Story Ideas by Michael Rabiger.
  • Film and Video Production in The Cloud by Jack James.
  • The Practical Guide to Documentary Editing by Sam Billinge.
  • How to Edit Videos That People Want to Watch by Rachel Bastarache Bogan.
How to be a DIT books

5 Books on How To Learn To Be A DIT >

  • Digital Imaging Technician by Robert L. Trim.
  • The Filmmaker’s Guide To Digital Imaging by Blain Brown.
  • Modern Post – Workflows and Techniques for Digital Filmmakers by Scott Arundale & Tashi Trieu.
  • Digital Cinematography – Fundamentals, Tools, Techniques and Workflows by David Stump ASC.
  • Data Management, Backup and Archive for Media Professionals by Marc M Batschkus.
Color correction books training manuals

5 Books on Colour Grading and Colour Science >

  • Color Correction Handbook 2nd Edition by Alexis Van Hurkman.
  • Color Correction Look Book by Alexis Van Hurkman.
  • The Art & Technique of Digital Color Correction by Steve Hullfish.
  • Color and Mastering for Digital Cinema by Glenn Kennel.
  • The DaVinci Resolve Manual (mostly) by Alexis Van Hurkman.

3 Essential Books on Avid Editing >

  • Avid Agility by Steve Cohen.
  • Avid Assistant Editor’s Handbook by Kyra Coffie.
  • The Avid Media Composer Cookbook by Ben Hershleder.

Make the Cut A Guide to become a successful assistant editor in Film and TV by Lori Jane Coleman ACE and Diana Friedberg, ACE.

5 Books to Expand Your Skillset as a Film Editor >

  • Into the Woods by John Yorke.
  • Design for Motion by Austin Shaw.
  • Production Pipeline Fundamentals for Film and Games by Renee Dunlop.
  • The VES Handbook of Visual Effects by Jeffrey A. Okun and Susan Zwerman.
  • Compositing Visual Effects in After Effects by Lee Lanier.

Cutting It In Hollywood by Mitchell Danton, ACE.

5 Free Books Every Editor Should Read >

  • The FCPX User Manual.
  • Adobe Premiere Pro User Manual.
  • Avid Media Composer Editing Guides.
  • DaVinci Resolve Manual.
  • Adobe After Effects Manual.

Books for Creatives

books for creatives

5 Books For Creatives Everyone Should Read >

  • Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky.
  • REWORK by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier.
  • Screw It Let’s Do It by Richard Branson.
  • The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp.
  • The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A Norman.

5 Books on Storytelling Every Creative Should Read >

  • Teach Yourself Screenwriting by Ray Frensham.
  • On Writing by Stephen King.
  • A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller.
  • The Writers Journey by Christopher Vogler.
  • Story by Robert McKee.
Jim Henson Biography

5 Great Books for Business-Minded Artists >

  • Creativity Inc. by Ed Catmull with Amy Wallace.
  • Getting To Yes by Roger Fisher and William Ury.
  • Jim Henson The Biography by Brian Jay Jones.
  • Make Art Make Money by Elizabeth Hyde Stevens.
  • Maximise Your Potential and Manage Your Day-to-Day by 99U.

5 Must Read Books for Freelance Creatives >

  • Different – Escaping the Competitive Herd by Youngme Moon.
  • David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell.
  • The Pixar Touch by David A Price.
  • The Social Animal by David Brooks.
  • Onward – How Starbucks Fought For Its Life Without Losing Its Soul by Howard Schultz

What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 by Tina Seelig

The Pixar Touch Review

5 Books About Ideas to Shape Your Creative Thinking >

  • Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson.
  • The Decisive Moment by Jonah Lehrer.
  • Little Bets by Peter Sims.
  • Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky.
  • The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki.

Best 5 Books on Marketing for the Digital Creative >

  • Velocity by Ajaz Ahmed & Stefan Olander.
  • Creating Customer Evangelists by Ben McConnell & Jackie Huba.
  • Baked In by Alex Bogusky & John Winsor.
  • How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. (A MUST READ!)

Top 5 Business Books For The Digital Age >

  • The Art of The Start by Guy Kawasaki.
  • Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh.
  • Free by Chris Anderson.
  • Banker To The Poor by Muhammed Yunnus.
  • Good To Great by Jim Collins.
business books for artists

Books on Hacking Inspired by Mr. Robot >

  • Countdown to Zero Day by Kim Zetter.
  • The Cuckoo’s Egg by Cliff Stoll.
  • Ghost in the Wires by Kevin Mitnick.
  • Future Crimes by Marc Goodman.
  • The Art of Deception by Kevin Mitnick and William L. Simon.

What’s your favourite creative read?

I’m always on the look out for my next great read, and so if you’ve got a favourite book (creative, post-related, business based or whatever!) that’s not on this list, then hit the comments section and let me know…


  • Awesome roundup here! I think people interesting in getting into this industry, or people already in needing some inspiration or overview of the industry, should DEFINITELY pick some of these up! Thanks for sharing these!

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