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How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck: Advice to Make Any Amateur Look Like a Pro by [Steve Stockman]

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How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck: Advice to Make Any Amateur Look Like a Pro Illustrated Edition, Kindle Edition

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"Like two years of film school in 248 pages"-Steven Pressfield, author of "The War of Art" and "The Legend of Bagger Vance"

"Stockman has packed a veritable film school between the pages of this highly informative, yet entertaining book.  Very highly recommended."
  -Videomaker Magazine

"Great tips from a video expert."-
PC World 

"Whip-smart and funny. Teaches readers how to think about film and reveals the why and when behind techniques; there is next to zero tech or tool talk."
 -Library Journal 

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I tried to write this book so that anyone, at any level could open it almost anywhere and get a great idea for their next video. 

If you're brand new to video, this book will start you thinking about how to communicate with an audience.  Your videos will be more fun to watch-- for your friends, your relative, and even for you.  It will help you make video you'll be really proud to share. 

More experienced videographers will find chapters on critical principles like storytelling, structure, emotion and composition-- plus exercises you can practice to improve your video skills. 
If you're a pro already, you'll still find enough advanced ideas to make it worth the price of admission.  Hell, when I flip through the book I find things I wish I'd remembered on last week's shoot (I'd like to think it's because there's so much good stuff here, but it could just be failing memory.) 
The "Look Inside" preview will give you a good idea of what to expect.  Check it out.  Hope you like it!

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0051NHJFU
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Workman Publishing Company; Illustrated edition (June 2, 2011)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ June 2, 2011
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 8235 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 257 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 1,518 ratings

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Steve Stockman is a producer, writer and director of over 200 commercials, short films, web series, music videos, and TV shows. He Executive Produced three seasons of BREW DOGS on NBC/UNI's late Esquire Network, DOGS OF WAR for A&E, the Food Network series $24 IN 24 and the hit Discovery Channel series DEVILS RIDE. Steve wrote, produced and directed the award-winning 2007 MGM feature film TWO WEEKS, starring Sally Field, Ben Chaplin, Tom Cavanagh, Julianne Nicholson, Glenn Howerton and Clea DuVall.

"How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck" is the world’s best-selling cinematography book, available in 9 languages and an updated (2017) edition from Workman Publishing.

Visit Steve's blog at for more great articles (and videos!) about video. Follow him on Twitter too-- @SteveStockman. For workshops and speaking opportunities, please contact

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