Originally Posted by justinisfilming
1. Directing Actors by Judith Weston
2. Making Movies by Sydney Lumet (I'm just starting out to read it)
3. On Directing Film by David Mamet
Go to your local library and you'll be amaze on how many filmmaking books you'll see. Plus, they're free! So spend a few hours in the library and feed your brain with knowledge that's actually helpful! I don't like reading myself, but if it's a filmmaking book, I'm hooked! =))
All 3 are excellent for getting the approach right. Michael Wiese Publications also do a good set of books that dissect scenes, sequences, shots, etc. they're really good for getting you to dissect scenes yourself. I also really like The Visual Story by Bruce Block. It's a more technical look at how to construct movement, space, etc..
You'll definitely need more than one book as there are so many things to cover in directing.
One of the first exercises I had at film school was to redirect a famous scene but not with the same shots as the original. It was only 1 minute scene but that was tough. Try it. We started with Hitchcock's Birds.