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

Anthony Q. Artis
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Book Description

November 21, 2011 0240814878 978-0240814872 1

The Shut Up and Shoot Freelance Video Guide is an easy-read crash course in the ins and outs and hundred little details of creating video works for hire. This ultra-friendly visual field guide for freelance videographers picks up where The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide leaves off and gives you more detailed practical production strategies and solutions not found anywhere else on:

* Marketing videos
* Music Videos
* Wedding videos
* Music performance videos
* Live event videos
* Corporate videos...and more!

Covering everything from dealing with clients, production strategies and step-by-step guidance on planning, shooting, lighting and recording the most common video-for-hire genres this book sets out to help you rise above the competition and make more money by doing quality work.

Anthony Q. Artis will instill you with the "down and dirty” mindset that helps you to creatively maximize your limited resources regardless of your budget.

Lavishly illustrated in full-color with real-world step-by-step visuals, The Shut Up and Shoot Freelance Video Guide is like a film school education in the form of a video cookbook.

You don't need loads of money to make professional-looking videos - you need to get down and dirty!

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* Video and audio tutorials, useful forms, and case-study video projects from the book.
* Crazy Phat Bonus Pages with Jump Start Charts, online Resources, Releases, Storyboards, Checklists, Equipment Guides and Shooting Procedures

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Editorial Reviews


"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

About 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”.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (November 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240814878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240814872
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Anthony Q. Artis is a 19-year veteran of the film and TV industry and the author of "The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide" , "The Shut Up and Shoot Freelance Video Guide", and co-host of "The Double Down Film Show" podcast.

Anthony produced director Benno Schoberth's indie feature, "Shelter", which won the grand prize at the 2003 IFP Feature Market as well as several other festival awards. He was also Associate Producer and Gaffer on the hip-hop documentary, "Paper Chasers" (IFC) which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and he was a Segment Producer for the popular MTV reality series, "Flipped". Over the years he has worked professionally in positions as diverse as producer, cinematographer, gaffer, special-fx make up, sound mixer as well as location manager.

Apart from professional film and television production, as CEO of Down and Dirty DV, LLC Anthony has created dynamic attention-grabbing video projects for a variety of clients and institutions. Additionally, his company has produced a slew of original guerrilla filmmaking seminars, DVD's, and educational products, including "Indie Film Boot Camp", an intensive 8-hour workshop of filmmaking instruction, now available as a deluxe 6-DVD set.

Anthony currently teaches lighting, camera and audio seminars as an adjunct instructor at the N.Y.U. - Tisch School of the Arts Kanbar Institute of Film and TV, where he also manages the production equipment for all Film and TV students.

In short, Anthony Q. Artis is: Straight up. Guerrilla.

Customer Reviews

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource. December 14, 2011
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Ant writes in a playful and engaging way but always delivers when it comes to good, useful information. Check out the Double Down Film Show he co-hosts on If you have a kid that wants to be a filmmaker this would make a great gift or if you want an up-to-date look at guerilla video production circa 2012 this book deserves a look.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE bible for videographers March 12, 2012
By zefred
So many tips and tricks in this book that you wont be able to say "I didn't know" once you've read it. The bible to always carry around with you when you're shooting. All the newer cameras are in it . Awesome! It's a complete filmschool in itself.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from Anthony Artis February 6, 2012
By Doc
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This book is a new freelancers bible. Easy to read plenty of pictures and diagrams. If your thinking of starting a business or some sort of video work check this book out. Anthony takes you from buying a camera to getting a website for your video business and everything in between. I highly recommend this book if your just starting, before a camera get this book!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what you expected. July 6, 2012
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I have learned a lot from this book, the read is great. Its more of a conversation rather than an instruction manual which is good, cause the author is talking directly toward you, I highly recommend,

Edited 05/13

Still use this book, great for reference, would definitely recommend, I have the documentary one as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book, poorly formatted ebook February 18, 2013
By Kahriq
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First of all, let me say that I love this book. It's extremely helpful and gives a lot of information in a clear and relatable way. BUT, I should have gotten the print version. Whoever formatted the Kindle version of this book did a horrible job on at least a third of the images and diagrams; some are too small to see while others run off the page and can't be read or seen. STAY AWAY FROM THE KINDLE VERSION
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful October 18, 2012
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This well written book talks about all the aspects of producing a video on a low budget. Although it does not go into great depth, it does get you up and and running quite well.
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What a delight! I am overjoyed to have discovered that the Shut Up and Shoot Freelance Video Guide is vastly different than (and equally riveting as) the Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide. Although there are occasional parallels, the Shut Up and Shoot Freelance Video Guide offers unique material pertaining to any repeated topic. For instance, the lighting set-up diagrams are revisited, but with new structures not previously outlined in the Documentary Guide.

Artis's book starts by covering a wide spectrum of illustrations, including digital file charts (p. 27), camera guides (with relatively current models listed) (pp. 7-19), gain range charts complete with illustrative photos (pp. 33-34), peaking diagrams (p. 39), focal length diagrams and illustrations (pp. 46-47), and much more. Artis' even dedicates discussion on green screening techniques (with additional coverage on chromate green screening).

Later in the book, Artis dedicates an entire chapter to audio, covering various microphones, boom operation, wireless microphones, mixers, and the digital audio sweet spot. He even diagrams different audio set-ups dependent on (1) one or more types of mics available for the shoot and (2) the number of subjects (people) in the take.

The highlights of the book were threefold for me: first, the book focused chapter by chapter on various freelance projects, including promotional/marketing videos, wedding videography, live event videography, and music videos. These discussions oftentimes came with any of the following: example outlines, example script formats, illustrative storyboards, lighting and audio tips, project details, detailed budgets, and numerous other tools and tips.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best book on the subject February 2, 2013
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This is the best of the 10 or so books I have on the subject. The author is hilarious, the book is current (2012), very informative, and written with the very practical issues of video in mind. He covers all the important issues to a reasonable extent. If I were to have only one book on video - this would definitely be the one. Also be sure to watch his tutorial. Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide to get started in video
Bought this as a textbook, but I think it would be widely applicable to anyone who is interested in video production. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Erik Fritts-Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars good info for new shooters
This is a good book for people getting into video. Anthony presents solid information in a clear style that's easy to grasp and applicable to many situations. Read more
Published 9 months ago by David J. Patterson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Information
I rated this four stars because I liked that it gave important information about how to do good quality business, audio, lighting, and camera.
Published 9 months ago by Alaura Larrett
4.0 out of 5 stars To say this is `the bible' is a long shot. However, it's a nice...
Many video production books are a thousand miles wide and only an inch deep. This one is a bit narrower but a bit deeper. Read more
Published 11 months ago by N. Schale
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book
This book has a lot of good information. and its an easy read, no torn or bent pages, everything looks good. thank you!
Published 12 months ago by Patrick Conlan
2.0 out of 5 stars Worked for the dude in when he was writing this.
I worked for this guy while I was a Film Student at NYU. Word was he was getting the dude in the repair shop to write down general video recording tips for Sony's PD-150 camera... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mr B
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read
I did not like to font usage of the text. Pages/graphics are cluttered. (especially with the page edge design)
Good content over all.
Published 19 months ago by FSB
4.0 out of 5 stars Real-world content, enjoyable read
If you're a no-nothing with a new cam and want to avoid foisting MEGO-inducing home movies of your ballerina grand-daughter on your neighbors, this book contains the advice you... Read more
Published 19 months ago by John Mulvihill
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