Here we have some of the best books we can find on the subjects of film-oriented composition and color. Hans Bacher is a production designer with many years of experience and has worked on numerous Disney films, making him truly a professional on the subject. His extensive portfolio full of Blockbusters can be considered as one of the best resumes when it comes to these subjects. Check his webpage here.

Previous to this book he has written others, Sketchbook: Composition Studies for Film and Dream Worlds: Production Design for Animation. They are both excellent, full of the wisdom Hans has accumulated over all these years.

In this last book we can find an extensive and well explained guide to face any professional audiovisual production in relation to how to tell a story. From how to guide the viewer’s gaze to the psychology of color.
The content is really excellent and can be considered as a Bible of these topics.
We will see how to tell stories, learn to use the camera to compose images, the use of lines, shapes, colors, lights … Surely at some point we have all looked for a book that teaches us these topics. Here they are all collected, explained clearly and in detail.

The book is thick and the binding of good quality, full of full color images, with many sketches, illustrations, storyboards, diagrams …

Without a doubt one of the best storytelling books that we can find, and a must for anyone interested in the subject. Highly recommended.


  • Authors: Hans P. Bacher, Santan Suryavanshi
  • Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Product Dimensions: 29 x 2.5 x 22 cm
  • ISBN-13: 978-1786272201