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Tired of the dry rudimentary guidebooks that ignore the art of telling compelling video stories? Video Shooter takes you to a new level of competence and expertise by presenting the camera as a potent storytelling tool. Sure, you will learn the basics of HD formats, the fundamentals of compression and color space, but only so much as these technical areas serve your craft, which includes more fundamentally camera placement and eyeline, choice of lens focal length and the power of the triangle in creating powerful compositions. Throughout the book you will come to understand the master shooter's guiding principle, that story is the conduit through which all creative and technical decisions flow.
Humorous and opinionated, the author provides insightful anecdotes and tutorials that help you learn the video shooter's craft. While the book focuses primarily on how to get the most out of your entry- and mid-level P2, XDCAM, and AVCHD camcorder, the principles and lessons covered such as shooting for green screen and understanding point of view apply just as well to video shooters and storytellers of any level.
As apprenticeships in the industry have largely disappeared, aspiring shooters and film students have had to seek alternative sources for training and guidance. In Video Shooter, you will find a master teacher offering perceptive lessons with a healthy dose of inspiration; these pages are as close to a living and breathing mentor as one can get in a printed form.
Hundreds of full-color photos and illustrations present the many lessons throughout the book.
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Chapter 1 The Shooter's Point of View
Chapter 2 The Video Storyteller
Chapter 3 The Storyteller's Box
Chapter 4 The World in High Definition
Chapter 5 Command and Control
Chapter 6 Tweaking Your Story's Image
Chapter 7 Going with the Flow
Chapter 8 Your Window on the World
Chapter 9 Making Light of Your Story
Chapter 10 The Audio Story
Chapter 11 Supporting Your Story
Chapter 12 The New Shooter Storyteller
Posted July 12, 2010
Like the title states, storytelling is the thrust of this book. Barry's knowledge in this field is encyclopedic, but his experience and insights are the most valuable ingredients here. His books (both the first edition and this 2nd with its timely updates) are like Bibles to me, invaluable as references, pored over constantly, dog-eared and bent, comfortable old friends along for the shoot, just in case you need a second opinion on what will become instinctual skills. All you have to do is read, absorb, then go out and practice! Imagine having this sage in your back pocket whenever you have a question, whether it's something simple like how to frame a shot, or something more technical, like time code or color balance, camera operation or mixed-format editing. Those things and more are all here, and if you've ever priced a one-day course in production at a trade school, it's cheap at twice the price.
Short version - YOU HAVE FOUND IT. YOUR ADVENTURE BEGINS TODAY.
Honestly, this is the one you've been looking for. You will not be disappointed. Barry is 'the guy'.
Posted February 4, 2010
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