- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: Focal Press; 3 edition (September 4, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0240825179
- ISBN-13: 978-0240825175
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,164,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A complete guide for anyone who shoots video, from hobbyist to professional, the pages are packed with the keys to compelling video storytelling. Combining the basic skills of solid shooting with clear discussions of the latest technology, Braverman presents a complete, easy to understand tutorial." Wayne Hess― Director of Photography, Pacifica, CA
"Braverman remains focused on the simple pleasures of filmmaking while navigating the complexities of a constantly shifting digital landscape. Video Shooter is not only a good read but a great resource for today’s independent filmmaker." John Riber― Director, Media For Development International, Tanzania
About the Author
Barry Braverman is a cinematographer with over thirty years experience in television documentaries and feature films. His credits include Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom (2012), The Darjeeling Limited (2007), as well as National Geographic TV Specials, HBO ‘First Look’ and CBS News Sunday Morning. Braverman is a member of Hollywood’s cinematographer guild and conducts regular 2D and 3D camera workshops around the world. He lives in Studio City, CA.
Check out the Video Shooter website and blog at www.barrybraverman.com.
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There is an old say: Those that can, do. Those that can’t, teach. Author Barry Braverman blows that old theorem out of the water. This is a guy who’s already bought the ‘been there, done that’ T-shirt, and has the chops to share that knowledge with students of the craft to help them avoid the potholes he’s already stepped in. Not just another by-the-numbers textbook, Video Shooter is chock full of wit, wisdom and whimsy that compels you to keep turning the pages. But just because Braverman injects his tome with a healthy does of humor, doesn’t mean he doesn’t take his craft seriously. This is a guy to is deadly serious about giving young shooters the tools they need to tell the story.
You’ll learn about shooting in both 2D and 3D. You’ll learn more about point of view, sight lines, color palettes, light control, wide-angle lenses and close-ups than your mind can absorb. Braverman covers a lot of ground in a limited number of pages, and some of the material is quite technical for a novice video shooter.
If you’re looking for a little light reading before you turn out the light at night, this is not the book for you. If you’re one of those people who thinks having a fancy camera makes you a qualified video shooter, this book is not for you. But if you really want to expand your concept of what makes a visually compelling image, Video Shooter: Mastering Storytelling Techniques is an indispensable tool.
I was so taken back when I open this new book and saw the tiniest print I have ever seen a book published with (literally like 8 pica font) The font size of captions for the photos is larger) I have contact lenses and I have to (also) wear reading glasses to keep my eyes from growing tired under the strain of reading the text. Even more aggravating is that I am reading the same recycled stories that were in his previous book. Essentially there was a title adjustment, a reduced font size of the same text from the other book, a few new passages and images crammed amongst way too much text from his other book used again... this for a pretty hefty price!
In your own words, Barry... Exclude, Exclude, Exclude! Trust that enough people read your other books that you can stop retelling your same old stories for the sake of information that is new and relevant. If you absolutely must include your old war stories please spring for a few extra pages so your book's text is tolerable to look at.
I've come to expect that a book on technique will develop itself in a logical way with each concept building on the prior until a foundation is laid, and then adding additional concepts. Instead, the author seems to have gathered random ideas, classified them into chapters and then not organized them further. Along the way, he uses many acronyms without explaining what they mean, or ideas that only an experienced user will understand, and never explains them.
I am not the most experienced videographer but I hoped to get something from this book. I kept at it, hoping that by the time I reached the last chapter it would all make sense. It didn't.
The format of the book reflects its lack of organization. Each chapter has a number of subheadings separated from what went before by a rule and the headings were often terrible puns as when the small paragraph on fill lights is captioned "Having Your Fill". Moreover, the continuity of reading is disrupted by the hundreds of illustrations sprinkled randomly across the pages, often making it difficult to follow the text. They are often less than two or three inches wide and hard to make out. Moreover many do nothing to demonstrate the point of the accompanying text, while others are visual puns that I didn't find funny or useful, and still others include text over the image, as if previously used in a Power Point presentation, that are not appropriate for an illustration in a printed book.
I'm sure Braverman knows his business. Perhaps very experienced videographers will understand some of the highly technical matters he discusses, although if they are that experienced, I can't see that they need this book. The less experienced videographer should not spend time wading through this disorganized book
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Highly recommended, highly educational.