Video Shooter: Mastering Storytelling Techniques

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CRC Press, Oct 15, 2013 - Performing Arts - 330 pages

Tired of the all the digital filmmaking guidebooks that give you only the nuts and bolts of how to use a camera? The third edition of Video Shooter takes the how-to knowledge a step further by showing you how to craft a story in your video. Barry Braverman is an experienced shooter and filmmaker whose is highly regarded in the field. This book covers everything from framing a shot, to lighting, to the type of camera (and tripod) you should use, and perhaps most importantly--how to translate the use of all this equipment and techniques into a story. The author is a veteran cinematic storyteller, and he shares practiced film-style techniques for use on your own DV cam.

Humorous and opinionated, the author provides anecdotes and full-color illustrations that help you to learn the tricks of the trade. He gets right to the point of what you need to know to get good shots-and on a budget.

New to this edition:
* more up-to-date techniques involving HD technology
* more coverage on the multi-skillset required of today's filmmakers (who are asked to act simultaneously as Director, Director of Photography, Cinematographer, Sound Recordists, etc.)
*Website including craft tips, equipment review/blogs, and a teacher's corner to support use of the book in film studies/digital media class (includes student work completed in class using the text)


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About the author (2013)

Barry Braverman is a veteran director of photography and digital media consultant expert with more than thirty years experience, including work on National Geographic specials, network television programs, feature films and music videos. A frequent collaborator of director Wes Anderson, Braverman photographed the original Bottle Rocket in 1992 and contributed to other productions including The Darjeeling Limited (2007). Braverman hosts the Video Shooter website and blog at, and offers frequent camera training workshops and classes at locations throughout the U.S. and the world. He lives in Studio City, CA.

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