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The Bare Bones Camera Course for Film and Video 2nd Revised Edition

4.8 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0960371815
ISBN-10: 0960371818
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 89 pages
  • Publisher: Tom Schroeppel; 2nd Revised edition (June 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0960371818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0960371815
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bob on January 15, 2002
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Tom Schroeppel is an experienced film editor. Originally written for film cameras, the 2002 edition has been updated to apply also to video cameras. It's amazing how, in this short book, he is able to explain in simple language and illustrations almost everything you need to know in order to make a film or video. If you read your video camera's manual and this one book you will have all the tools you need to make excellent videos. I bought this book in the USC bookstore - it's used in a film class.
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By John Mayo on November 25, 2000
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I recently picked up this book at a college bookstore, and I read it in about two hours. This is a fabulous book to get all the basic information needed to start making movies. It's littered with helpful diagrams and good examples. Buy it now!
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By A Customer on December 4, 1998
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The bare bones camera course is an amazing book. There is no fluff, just good, honest, workable techniques; all well explained. I wish i had come across this years ago.
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If you are looking for a super thorough, technically in depth manual to filmmaking, this is not the book. It is, however, chock full of the basics...and if push came to shove, you could certainly make a decent indie flick off the principles and basics covered in the book. In fact, this was a required text book in one of the film classes I took in College. Like the book suggests, Bare bones...but full of marrow!
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Excellent Do-It-Yourself style book that explains things as if you were a child, or maybe a teenager. This is the type of zero-BS manual that could be your prime textbook in your first film-making class or semester of film school, to be read just before picking up the camera and beginning shooting your first narrative film.

As someone who orders a lot of books and then reads and highlights the first chapter, then puts them on a shelf, I was glad that I was actually able to read this entire book. Most of it is very useful information, and best of all no extra padding. Shows a lot of respect for the reader's intelligence.

Definitely one of the best books I've found on making films, out of at least fifty I've read. This is the actual logistics, for instance how to move the camera and how to transition between shots, AND extremely simple explanations of why that way works when other ways don't work as well.

Great hand-drawn illustrations and visual explanations, sort of a 1980's style, though the information is more up to date.

Should be essential reading for anyone who wants to get involved in film-making or wants to understand how films work. Highly recommended!
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Unlike many training books The Bare Bones Camera Course for Film and Video does not attempt to suggest what camera you should buy, nor does it tell you how to shoot Aunt Alice's 80th birthday party. This book, in its 89 pages, is a beautiful example of a subject that has been pared down to the essential information needed to learn it----and the subject is how to operate your video camera to get the best images you can.

The book's table of contents lists eight sections:

· Basics (such as camera functions, lenses, depth of field)

· Composition

· Basic Sequence

· Screen Direction

· Camera Moves

· Montages

· Lighting

· Doing It (how to plan for a shoot)

Each section is covered concisely, and there are over 200 simple, but effective, black and white line art illustrations to accompany the topic being discussed. This book is perfect for the person who wants to concentrate on improving their video camera operating skills.
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This book was the text used in my first production class in college while pursuing my Journalism degree. This book and that class made me realize early on that I wanted to be behind the camera instead of in front of it. That was 1992. I'm now a Production Manager and Senior Editor making training videos for the US Army. We have 23 field shooters, most of which came to us with little to no experience. I've been at my job for 10 years now, and to this day, this book is the first thing we give to our new videographers in training them. It is written in a simple and to the point manner. It's not flashy by any stretch of the imagination, but when you need to convey simple principles like the "rule of thirds", depth of field, focal length, and other basic principles-- this book is indispensable. If you can still find a copy and need a quick, easy to read and digest guide to the fundamentals of harnessing light with a lens, this book is still on the top of my list.
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Bare bones get straight to the point! If you were to compile a book of only highlighted text after reading through a 1000 page book on how to set lights, lenses, and cameras, this book would be the resultant! It's hard to eliminate a single sentence from this book. This book is great learning tool for beginners and a great resource for pro's!
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