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Shooting Action Sports: The Ultimate Guide to Extreme Filmmaking [Paperback]

by Todd Grossman
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December 13, 2007 0240809564 978-0240809564 1
This full-color illustrated guide takes you through all aspects of video production, focusing on action sports. From planning and preparation to editing and postproduction, you'll get a solid understanding of the changing technology, camera techniques, and basic to more-advanced shooting principles that can be applied to almost every scenario you encounter. The countless examples of camera tricks and techniques used at major events apply to any kind of shoot.

Equally as important, you're encouraged to go beyond merely recording the scene and learn how to think like a professional cameraman. Predicting and anticipating is perhaps the greatest talent a cameraman can acquire. It means keeping both eyes open and see not only what is happening around your frame, but also what is about to happen in it. Master the techniques and tools of the trade so you can create compelling and creative work.

Includes tips on how to:
* Choose a format
* Develop your own style
* Plan for a successful project, including funding and distribution
* Capture the shot in any environment
* Shooting tips and techniques for skateboarding, snowboarding, wakeboarding, surfing, freestyle BMX, and more

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"Grossman is a young master of shooting action sports; and that vast knowledge is all here in his book. He will take you through the field with unique clarity, insight and innovation."
-Rob Cohen, Director, The Fast and the Furious, xXx, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

"An impressive how-to guide for the modern sports cinematographer. Grossman's secrets to cinematic success are knowledge jewels that should be pored over repeatedly by the aspiring filmmaker."
-Craig Caryl, Founder, Logic Skateboard Media,

"Grossman's real life experiences and wealth of film knowledge create a fun and thoroughly engaging read."
-Simon Duggan, ACS, Cinematographer, "Live Free or Die Hard"

Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (December 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240809564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240809564
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,742,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I teach video production and purchased this as a resource for my students. They love the book and have enjoyed that it explains all steps of the process.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A VERY CLEAR & CONCISE GUIDE TO SHOOTING ACTION SPORTS January 21, 2010
Todd Grossman shoots action sports like no one I have ever worked with before! I have produced over 200 hours of extreme sports programming, and this is a must-read for anyone who wants to work in action sports. This is a well-written, very clear and concise breakdown of how to master shooting action, with amazing insight that can be used for videos, television and/or film. I have recommended this book to everyone I work with, and to any and all aspiring sports camera operators and directors!
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5.0 out of 5 stars aspiring Xtreme film makers must December 23, 2009
Any aspiring Xtreme film makers out there that spend their days shooting skaters, boarders and anything else that has you chasing extreme sport action should get this amazing book.
Todd Grosman has a wealth of knowledge in this area and comes so highly recommended that block buster Action Director Rob Cohen uses him on all his films to shoot his Making of Documentaries.
In a nut shell Todd knows what he is writing about because he actually uses these techniques to make him one of the best in the business!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book for filming January 8, 2014
By maryann
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This book is a great reference book for filming action sports. Really helped me to understand great techniques in filming.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT READ! March 12, 2010
An insightful and fun must-read for anyone in the industry! Grossman skillfully pieced together a great learning tool and refresher recommended for filmmakers of all levels not only in action sports but in all fields.
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