FILM-CRAFT BOOKS

Auditioning: What They Say About You When You

Along with many other renowned directors and actors, acting coach McCusker (Pixar’s UP, Malcolm in the Middle, Nip/Tuck) interviewed Baumgartner for advice to actors on navigating this intimidating process. Baumgartner’s interview makes up chapter 9 of the book, and video excerpts are available on YouTube.

AUDITIONING: WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT YOU WHEN YOU LEAVE THE ROOM

Hollywood’s award-winning directors, busiest casting directors, leading showrunners, and successful actors share their expertise on landing the job in the unique art of auditioning. Acting coach Mary McCusker’s in-depth interviews with these industry experts, give specific insider tips for actors to apply in the audition room.

Auditioning Book
What is Charisma? Acting Tips From Director John Baumgartner

This is How You Make a Movie

Baumgartner served as technical consultant on Tim Grierson’s excellent book on the craft of film direction. Using popular films as examples, Grierson illuminates various film techniques through photos and insightful explanations, with vetting and clarifications provided by Baumgartner behind the scenes. The book is now available in four languages.

THIS IS HOW YOU MAKE A MOVIE

Using key scenes from some of the best-loved movies of all time, Tim Grierson explores everything from cinematography to the secrets of talking to camera. Deep focus is explored through Citizen Kane, forced perspective through Elf, and slow motion through Reservoir Dogs. Examples from blockbusters (Wonder Woman) to Oscar-winners (Rocky), silent-era gems (Intolerance) to recent art-house treasures (American Honey), give readers a glimpse of cinema’s breadth and potential.