- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (September 10, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0240809351
- ISBN-13: 978-0240809359
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.3 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #742,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The key to Artis' style is his instant accessibility. He strives to give daunting, complicated technical and aesthetic concepts total and immediate clarity....he's as attentive to the subjective, intangible aspects of filmmaking (such as working with crews and interview subjects) as he is to the objective, technical ones....Most of this information is as applicable to fiction filmmakers as documentarians, making Artis' book a handy guide for a wide range of beginning independent directors and cameramen." - American Cinematographer
"Anthony Artis' "The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide" is a good primer for the entry-level documentary filmmaker, presented in a breezy, down-to-earth vernacular style."
-Thomas White, Editor of Documentary Magazine, a publication of the International Documentary Association.
"I vouch for this book...extremely helpful for the newborn documentary filmmaker." -Albert Maysles, Grey Gardens
"A superb addition to the 'how to' subsection of your library, Artis' tome is concise, while containing useful, accessible information on every aspect of documentary filmmaking, all with a doggedly hands-on attitude. Five stars." - Empire Magazine
"The book is a very easy, straightforward read with plenty of graphics to demonstrate proper and improper techniques.It is also extremely user friendly in its layout.. [It] will be helpful to you for many, many years to come." - Microfilmmaker Magazine
"The book has a luxury presentation that makes you feel like a successful filmmaker - or that you soon will be - from the word go...Carried out in full colour, which makes a relief from too many academic tomes, its 296 pages are chock-a-block with very useful illustrations. But the clincher seem to be the DVD which is all part of the package. You're a filmlmaker, after all. A visual artist. Why would you want to spend all your time reading when you can be watching and learning." - British Film Magazine
"Anthony Artis has consolidated years of practical, professional experience into the quintessential blueprint for documentary filmmakers. I have used the techniques in this book on my documentary and narrative film projects, knowing that budget should never stop a filmmaker from seeing his or her vision through. I highly recommend this book if you want to turn your limitations into assets. Now shut up and shoot!" -Pete Chatmon, Writer/Producer/Director PREMIUM and 761st
"Plain and simple, nuts and bolts on making documentary films. It's told in a conversational manner with no wasted or minced words and most importantly no BS! Few books of this type would mention how important it is to take care of your crew and how that can dramatically improve the outcome of your film. Definitely told from an insiders point of view with useful and practical info that won't go over your head." -Cliff Charles, DP, When the Levees Broke, ThePeoplesDP.com
"The practical approach promised in the title is delivered fully by the text. Artis exposes the pitfalls that can swallow a beginning filmmaker and offers straightforward advice to avoid them." -Jonathan Luskin, Flying Moose Pictures, San Francisco.
"The book is comprehensive and detailed. Indeed the most comprehensive practical (I do hate the word 'guerrilla', a filmmaker is surely at the end of the day just a filmmaker!) guide to documentary filmmaking I have ever come across! ... It has three principle outstanding qualities that you seldom find individually let alone together in the same book. The first is how comprehensive it is; the second is how intensely practical it is; and the third is how clear it is... But remember that this book will not tell you how to make a great film or indeed a good film. Or indeed even pretend to. But it will give you clear and practical guidance on how to make your film. And without such guidance it is hard to even get started. This book will help you do so much more than that!
-Nik Powell (Director of the National Film and Television School in London)
"...jam packed with useful information spelled out in a useful way. You can't ask for much more. This book gets a big recommend for aspiring documentarians and a solid recommend for other filmmakers, including aspiring narrative filmmakers, who will find plenty of the advice applies beyond documentaries." - Making the Movie
"While focused first and foremost on documentaries, this is an utterly indispensable resource for anyone who wants to get their films made, on any budget... Smart, fun, and on your side, Shut Up and Shoot is packed with good stuff you'll otherwise have to learn the hard way."
-Bill Camarda, from the December 2007 Barnes and Noble Newsletter
Mr. Artis sets us straight from the start: "this ain't your mamma's film book; this is a book for people who want to make documentary films". He makes it emphatically clear when he adds: "This book is for people who are done talking about the films they want to make and who are ready to shut up and shoot".
--Rob Goald, Film Festival Today, Online
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I would advise anyone purchasing this book to get it. Better yet, get the updated copy because it has a whole lot more info and is updated to include today's Camera's (DSLR's) that are being used to make Documentary's along with Camcorders. I have recommended this book to just about everyone. I have a lot of books on making Documentary's but this is bar far the Best and Easiest to follow Guide there is out there. Number # 1 in my Book.
My biggest problem is that I bought the Kindle version, which is supposed to give you access to the content that is on the DVD on line. Well, I've never been able to get this to work, and without this extra content, the book is only worth half the price.
First, I was told to send confirmation of my purchase to Academic e-books, who then sent me toTaylor & Francis. I then created and activated an account at T &F. I appeared to be logged in fine, it showed me the name of the book and the number of files available to me. But I was never able to download the files. I kept getting a "server not responding" message. An email to Taylor & Francis has gone unanswered.
I emailed back to the Academic e-books support person who had directed me to create my account with Taylor & Francis. At least he replied. However, it was only to say "I've been trying to sort this out for you with our development team. There's not much more I can do at the moment I'm afraid.
Please wait for any further update,"
That was on Aug. 21, 2013. It is Sept. 11, 2013 and I have had no "further update" and still can't get the files.
So if you want to get what you think you're paying for - don't buy the Kindle version - because you will be severely shortchanged. The only reason I was willing to pay such a price for such a small book was because of all my supposed "extras".
Discussing specific technologies will always run the risk of being overtaken by innovations, The guide really shines when considering techniques and strategies, and when sharing hard-won experiences that will help newbies from repeating the same mistakes - the kind of things you can't learn by watching a couple of how-to videos on Youtube. And this is where I found the value. Learning your tools is simply a matter of time,patience and application. Learning to make compelling, entertaining and thought-provoking documentaries requires something else again,and this is the 101 introduction.
This is a book I've been carrying around so I have something good to read. I like to read when I have 'down time' and want to learn or be entertained. The fact that I don't want to leave it at home or at work, denying myself the pleasure of reading it when I'm not at that location, speaks to the fact that I'm getting a lot out of the book.
'Shut Up and Shoot' isn't perfect. The author has definite prejudices when it comes to sound and lighting. He's not a fan of LED lighting, which is the up-and-coming trend in video production (it's bright, very portable, rugged, long-lived, and cost-competitive), and he doesn't like boom mikes for interviews, preferring lavalier mikes (in spite of the fact that shotgun mikes on booms saves the problem of miking two or three people, checking sound, and so on). He also has deeper pockets than a lot of people, suggesting that wireless mikes need to cost over $500 or so, since cheaper wireless lav mikes 'are a waste of money' (well, what if you don't have that money?).
Despite my criticisms, I really, really liked this book. It shows you techniques and tricks that can make your production look like it cost a lot more than it did. He explains the advantages of using a mixer to record sound on your camcorder (saves the jiggling of the camera when you try to adjust sound levels). (However, he glosses over the thought that you probably should record sound on a field recorder instead of a camera entirely.)
This is the type of guide you're going to have to keep handy, since reading it and re-reading it will answer many questions, and give you many ideas on solving problems.
I'm never going to win any awards (and I'm not trying to), but I know that the tips on interviewing, for example, are going to help me immensely in the future. It's disheartening to realize I've been making rookie mistakes all along...
Highly recommended. I found myself carrying the book from room to room, thinking, 'I really like this book.' Praise enough. Buy this book if you are just starting out, or if you have some videos under your belt. It's a great starting point, and you're going to save money avoiding mistakes from the onset. Five stars for 'Shut Up and Shoot'.