How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck: Advice to Make Any Amateur Look Like a Pro 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0761163237
ISBN-10: 0761163239
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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

"His simple-to-follow guide takes readers step-by-step through the film- and video-making process"

―Kirkus Reviews

“Stockman skipped past all the technical crap about how to use a camera and cut right to the chase: how do you shoot a video somebody else will WANT to watch? The only thing missing is a time machine so I could reshoot fifteen years of sucky birthday party and school play videos.”
--David A. Goodman, Executive Producer/Head Writer of “Family Guy”

From the Author

My hope is that anyone, at any level, can open the book anywhere and get a great idea for their next video. 

IF YOU'RE BRAND NEW, 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 relatives, 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, 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 (Because there's so much good stuff here, I'd like to think-- but it could just be failing memory.)
 
Check out my blog (stevestockman.com) for more on shooting video that doesn't suck!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent no nonsense guide for film novices
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book when you're a novice like me
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5.0 out of 5 stars ...and the book doesn't suck
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple to follow and doens't descent into technical jargon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic practical guide
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5.0 out of 5 stars Film like a pro, well maybe :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, must have for the novice videographer
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1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY
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5.0 out of 5 stars simple, excellent advice
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect advice for home video making.
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