- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; 1 edition (June 2, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0761163239
- ISBN-13: 978-0761163237
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 485 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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--David A. Goodman, Executive Producer/Head Writer of “Family Guy”
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My hope is that anyone, at any level, can open the book anywhere and get a great idea for their next video.
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Here are my take-aways to Plan-Move-Point-Shoot-Stop-Edit:
- Make sure that every video, scene, and shot has a clear intent of how you want the audience to react and be explicit
- Select a point-of-view (the "side"/opinion of a specific individual)
- Either script or build a checklist of an anticipated key shots
- Keep the light behind you; make sure the lighting matches the story
- Match location, background, and foreground to the story
- Make moves in large increments
- Focus on people's eyes to capture emotion
- Do not move the camera or use digital zoom before or during the shot
- Keep the focus of your image out of the middle square of a 3x3 grid
- Use an external mic (lavaliere or boom)
- Make every shot an action with a clear hero and a beginning, middle, and end.
- Make each scene answer questions from the prior scene and raise new ones
- If using two cameras, manually synch their AWB (automatic white balance)
- Keep shots under 10 seconds (if traveling, shoot two 10-sec shots per hour)
- Keep videos as short as possible; if doing a how-to, consider breaking into a series
- Edit out everything that does not need to be there
- Limit the use of graphics/text/titles; if used, make text/titles simple (ex: Helvetica) and effect-free
- Consider using a call-back to link the final shot to the initial shot
- Music & Sound: Test music that is on-story, counter-story; and unrelated and see what works; Add natural sound effects
- Rely almost completely on cuts with a rare wipe (to convey movement) and even rarer dissolve (to shift to a somber mood)
- Seek feedback and address all common concerns and think about unique ideas/concerns
[UPDATE: I updated this review from 2 stars to 5 stars on Jan 14, 2013. Though the book has a high degree of redundancy, it has truly transformed the way that I approach video.]
Steve Stockman is a master of his trade and doesnt bog you down with technicals.
He focuses on using visuals to tell the story and scene composition which is really what shooting good video is all about.
Easy to read. Straight to the point. And useful.
One of the few books in life that everyone should read due to it's usefulness in this digital age where most people walk around with a video camera in their pocket.
This project taught me that it's not about the camera or lenses that matters, but what is on the other side of the lens and the ability to tell a story.
Filmed with a Sony Cybershot DSC-WX150 that I've had for years.
The audio was all via sound effects websites because the in-camera audio was unusable.
Color graded, edited and rendered with DaVinci Resolve.
Here is a link to the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0761163239/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0761163239&linkCode=as2&tag=cervit-20&linkId=32ff84777dd7365730d443dc3983286b
Just using the tips of cutting each scene no more than few seconds made my video much better. I am already a photographer to start with, so I know all about lighting and composition and exposure and all the still image stuff. I watch movies to see what others do and things in this book really clicks. The author made it very clear: if you want to learn about equipment and software, this book has nothing for you. It's about making movies. With this, I can make good movies on my iPhone with Youtube Capture if I want to. Do you think the viewer really knows whether you are using a $300K NFL camera or an iPhone when you take a video of your world's cutest cat stretching? I think not.
I really hope I can go back to read the other 2/3 of the book, because there just may be so much more to learn there. But back to my opening statement *sigh*. In time...
p.s. if you are interested in seeing my first "movie", search on YouTube "Zhubei's Lin-Family Temple".
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