The Shut Up and Shoot Freelance Video Guide: A Down & Dirty DV Production

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Building from the bestselling success of The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide, The Shut Up and Shoot Freelance Video Guide gives readers the "down and dirty" mindset that makes filmmaking easy. Beloved author and filmmaker Anthon Artis offers a mentality that forces filmmakers to be creative with their resources - it's all about doing more with less. Unlike other filmmaking guides, this book steps right in and gets filmmakers shooting NOW - it's a one-stop-shop written by a guerrilla filmmaker, for guerrilla filmmakers. The second in the "down and dirty" series, this book builds from the techniques offered in the first book, bringing more intermediate and advanced concepts to the table. New features include corporate video, music videos, weddings, interviews and tips from other pros, and much, much more.

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Editorial Reviews

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"It's hard not to get taken in and amped up by the book's relentlessly can-do spirit, even though a lot of the advice is really basic. But still, here's a book brimming with practical advice, not just for beginners but for anyone who finds themselves suddenly having to expand their skill set in order to make a living in the world of video production."—StudioDaily

"'Film school in a book' is a phrase often tossed around that doesn't usually live up to its promise. Many how-to books are simply confusing because they either over-explain a topic or simply talk over the heads of the intended audience. The Shut Up and Shoot Freelance Video Guide successfully educates in a manner that is easy to follow and comes equipped with several helpful photographs and diagrams to illustrate the point. Anthony Artis manages to cover a lot of ground at a brisk pace that informs without coming across as condescending..Anthony Artis has created a perfect companion piece to his highly regarded previous effort The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide with this new volume that limits the overlap of information to instances only when necessary. As if he didn't provide enough guidelines within the pages of this book and you need additional help or suggestions, the author includes a link to his website that will benefit serious videophiles and casual hobbyists alike. Check it out."—

"Unlike many of the books out there in the same genre, we usually find bits and pieces of information shared over a variety of different books and not at all like 'The Shut Up and Shoot Freelance Video Guide'. This book contains a very well-balanced blueprint that can lead the beginner to success, as well as, refreshing the minds of the advanced filmmaker. His tell all, guerilla style, filmmaking cookbook is sure to inspire many filmmakers with a fun, fresh and insightful approach on the art of filmmaking."—LA Splash Magazine

"For filmmakers of all experience levels, this guide to freelance video production provides information on technical and creative aspects of shooting video for a variety of small scale projects. Beginning with three general chapters on imaging, audio, and lighting, the work explores specific scenarios such as marketing and promotion videos, music videos, weddings, and live events, providing readers with detailed explanations of technical considerations as well as key aspects of storytelling appropriate for particular situations. Color photographs and illustrations, special notes, and tips are included throughout, and access to additional online resources, including checklists and cheat sheets, is provided."—Reference and Research Book News

"This is not my first time learning from Artis. I have another one of his books on my shelf that helped guide me on a project I shot last year. It's the Shut Up And Shoot Documentary Guide. That book only focuses on what you need to know in order to shoot documentary films. There is a lot of crossover information between the books but not enough to make it not an essential addition to your book collection. These books together will give you everything you need to tackle any job that may come your way. In short... as a filmmaker you need these books. Go buy them now."—

"This ultra-friendly visual field guide for freelance filmmakers picks up where Artis's first book, 'The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide' leaves off and gives you more detailed practical production strategies and solutions not found anywhere else. I love the book's indexing and non-glare pages that make it a snap to read or scan for an important Do or Don't when putting a video together. Artis latest book covers topics such as: Marketing Videos, Music Videos, Wedding Videos, Music Performance Videos, Live Event Videos, Corporate Videos...and more!"—Shopower Reviews

"Shut Up and Shoot by Anthony Q. Artis is probably the best book we have ever read when it comes down to real world nuts and bolts about how to plan, shoot and produce a video. Whether for broadcast, for web video or for corporate use, this is the book you have to read. This sample chapter is all about shooting live music acts - always a challenge if you want to capture high quality audio and video in not very video friendly environments."—Netvideo-Articles Blogspot

"'The Shut Up and Shoot Freelance Video Guide' is an easy-read crash course in the real world ins and outs and hundred little details of creating video works for hire."—Exclusive Magazine

"It's a very nice text covering the basics to the more complex aspects of film; explaining things in a nice manner than can be easily ingested, some textbooks you only touch in a pinch or when you really need to search for an answer where as Shut Up and Shoot is written in such a way that you can browse it or read it like you would a fiction, its comfortable and incisive I say go out and get it!"—TheFocusProject

"When I took a look at the book, I was first impressed by the nice matte softcover, the quality of paper, and the useful diagrams and images. The content was easy to understand and it has already given me ideas how to shoot my own videos and get better at it. At the same time, Anthony makes it look fun."—Jennie Yuen Art

"Hundreds of little details of creating video works that may capture a director or producer's eye while working in the Big' Easy.I love the book's indexing and non-glare pages that make it snap to read or scan for an important Do or Don't when putting a video together."—The St. Bernard Voice, 1.6.12

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240814872
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/5/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,562,309
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Q. Artis (prn. /ant-nee art-iss/) originally hails from Baltimore, Maryland, and has made his home in New York City for most of the last 15 years. There he has honed his skills as a straight up digital guerrilla. He has worked professionally in positions as diverse as producer, gaffer, cinematographer, and narrative projects and survived more low-budget shoots than he cares to admit. His feature films and TV shows have screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, the IFP Market, Slamdance, Cinequest, as well as on MTV, The Independent Film Channel and The special-FX make up, sound mixer, and location manager just to name a few.

Anthony is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Since graduating, he has crewed and produced a variety of television, documentary Education Channel.

Most notably, he produced the feature film, Shelter which won first prize for Emerging Narratives at the 2003 IFP Market along with many other awards on the festival circuit. Anthony can be seen in full guerrilla action as Associate Producer, Gaffer, and 2nd Unit DP in the feature documentary, Paper Chasers, which chronicles the hip-hop music industry and the down and dirty making of a low-budget guerrilla doc.

Through the years Anthony has organized numerous student film festivals and trained hundreds of aspiring guerrilla filmmakers for major institutions, including New York University, New York City's famed LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, and Baltimore County Public Schools.

Anthony is presently the manager of the Film and TV Production Center at N.Y.U.'s Tisch School of the Arts where he coordinates the technical training and production equipment for all film and TV students. He most recently launched the Down and Dirty DV Podcast on iTunes and is currently producing an instructional series of guerrilla filmmaking books, DVD's, and boot camps. He remains an active guerrilla filmmaker, educator and "artrepreneur”.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Image Control
Chapter 2 Audio Techniques
Chapter 3 Lighting: Getting Ya Shine On
Chapter 4 Marketing and Promo Videos
Chapter 5 Music Videos
Chapter 6 Weddings
Chapter 7 Live Events
Chapter 8 Handling Ya Business

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    Once again

    This book got good reviews on Amazon where it sells for $22. Humph.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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