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5.0 out of 5 stars Bore No More, March 7, 2012
This review is from: Pocket Posh Guide to Great Home Video (Paperback)
It's not often that you can give the perfect gift; one which combines a thoughtful understanding, a practical leg up, and a slap upside the head. Remember last year at your Cousin Ferd's house, the evening they made you sit through that interminable video of their cat's bath/child's graduation/grandchild's school play/Caribbean vacation, etc, etc, etc? Well, this book is the perfect gift for those people. Sherman has done a remarkable job of simplifying what it is that makes a good video, and how to tell a story in pictures. And he should know, because he's told us many stories over a long and distinguished career as a documentary filmmaker, as part of an illustrious cohort of Hampshire College students who basically re-invented the documentary film for our time and our marketplace. This remarkable group has won more Emmys, Oscars, and other awards you haven't heard of than you can imagine, and the thing that really separates them from the pack is their flexibility, and the ease with which they wear various hats while working on one another's projects - as Cinematographer, Director, Sound Guy, Producer, Editor, and so on. This is all to the good because in order to make an interesting video or short film it's not so much about how you point and shoot the camera (although that's part of it) as how you tell a story. So the person who wishes to capture a moment (with their cell phone, cam-corder, or whatever) needs to wear all those hats at once - and in order not to make their final product more soporific than Lunesta, they better know how the pros do it, in simple easy terms. And voila! That is just what Sherman has accomplished in this slim volume. And at this price? C'mon - you should buy them by the crateful and hand them out at the next family reunion.
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