Crossposting Book List:
Because this is the second time I’ve been asked about the books I’ve read for Media Studies:
Protip: media studies is more like studying the impact of the media with less emphasis on the production (though it can still be covered sometimes depending on the classes you take). So along with proper “Media Studies” classes, we end up taking a lot of PoliSci, Socio, Journalism, Pysch, and/or Law courses that go towards our degree. It’s not like a pre “media studies-ologist” kind of degree path, so there’s a lot of mixin’. :D
So I tried to label why I bought the books I did, lol.
Okay, recently I just bought:
- The Television Will be Revolutionized - this is for a television class taught by my fav professor, only I can’t fit it into my sched ;a; But the book looked good, so I’m ordering it anyway xD
- Obedience to Authority, A Shopkeeper’s Millennium, and The Price of Poverty are books I had to get for my (required) Evaluation of Evidence class. That I totally don’t want to take :C The first one is basically a really drawn out analysis of Stanley Milgram. And I mean, once you understand it, reading about it in depth doesn’t really do anything for you. :I (imo >_>)
At my community college (pre-declaration of major) I bought:
- The Screenwriter’s Bible for a film class. What it says on the tin, really. Pretty good reference, and it breaks down scripting formatting and how to do special thangs, like INSERTS, montages, blah blah blah. Good stuff.
- America on Film: Representing Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality at the Movies for an “American Cultures in Film” class. At this point, I feel safe in saying it was something of a pre-media studies course, haha. This is a pretty good 101 book.
- Privilege, Power, and Difference is another 101 book. I don’t even remember what class I bought this for, but I wannnnnaaaa saaaaaayyyy sociology?
During my first year @ UCBerkeley (declared) we had to read:
- Media and Society: An Introduction I don’t remember this book much, but I know I enjoyed it and highlighted quite a few things? Hahaha, I kind of amassed the knowledge and filed it under “MEDIA STUDIES” so I don’t remember what comes from what buuuut this was a good textbook vOv
- I also took a forms of folklore class and had to buy a shitton of books but none of them had to do with anything and everything was underwhelming and a waste of my life
but I’m biased because I so often side-eye anthropology to begin with SO I’M NOT GONNA LINK THOSE FUCK THAT CLASS 8’D
Semester after that (2nd one):
I also bought a bunch of books on animation/entertainment industry for funsies:
- Directing Animation - Lmao, did I read this? When did I even buy this? OH OH OH. YEAH OK I REMEMBER THAT. This is a pretty good breakdown of the various roles in animation. But it’s not very hopeful if you plan on an entrepreneurial path. But this author is something of a buzzkill in general xD
- Animation Development: From Pitch to Production - This is a good book. Kind of light reading, but it’s a good (soft) overview. My only “>:C” point is that this focuses really heavily on creating a comedy (and/or slapstick) show (primarily for kids). Which I probably should have figured out from the cover xD.
- Creating Animated Cartoons with Character: A guide to Developing and Producing Your Own Series... - WHAT A LONG ASS TITLE, JFC. Okay, this book is very much like the one directly above it, only I like this one better. There’s interviews throughout, which I found insightful.
- Your Career in Animation: How to Survive and Thrive - So like, this is by that buzzkill author. This is okay though. But I mean…his books are like “k.”
- Creating Characters with Personality - Meh. vOv There’s nothing groundbreaking in here.
- Directing Story: Professional Storytelling and Storyboarding Techniques for Live Action and Animation - Idk. This is one of those ~*MUST HAVE*~ books, so now I have it. Haha, it’s okay. Everyone swears by this guy, but I feel like I would’ve enjoyed all this info better during a lecture than having it smattered all over the page.
- Prepare to Board! - Lmao I haven’t read this at all whoops I forgot I bought it.
- The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers, Second Edition - Good reference.