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Video Shooter

Storytelling with HD Cameras, 2nd Edition

By Barry Braverman, Barry Braverman

  1. ISBN: 9780240810881
  2. Publication Date: October 2009
  3. Format: Paperback
  4. Pages: 286
  5. Price:
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    • £32.99 (GBP)
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Description

Tired of the dry rudimentary guidebooks that ignore the art of telling compelling video stories? Video Shooter takes you to a new level of competence and expertise by presenting the camera as a potent storytelling tool. Sure, you will learn the basics of HD formats, the fundamentals of compression and color space, but only so much as these technical areas serve your craft, which includes more fundamentally camera placement and eyeline, choice of lens focal length and the power of the triangle in creating powerful compositions. Throughout the book you will come to understand the master shooter's guiding principle, that story is the conduit through which all creative and technical decisions flow.

Humorous and opinionated, the author provides insightful anecdotes and tutorials that help you learn the video shooter's craft. While the book focuses primarily on how to get the most out of your entry- and mid-level P2, XDCAM, and AVCHD camcorder, the principles and lessons covered such as shooting for green screen and understanding point of view apply just as well to video shooters and storytellers of any level.

As apprenticeships in the industry have largely disappeared, aspiring shooters and film students have had to seek alternative sources for training and guidance. In Video Shooter, you will find a master teacher offering perceptive lessons with a healthy dose of inspiration; these pages are as close to a living and breathing mentor as one can get in a printed form.

Hundreds of full-color photos and illustrations present the many lessons throughout the book.

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Author Bio

Barry Braverman is a veteran director of photography and digital media consultant expert with more than thirty years experience, including work on National Geographic specials, network television programs, feature films and music videos. A frequent collaborator of director Wes Anderson, Braverman photographed the original Bottle Rocket in 1992 and contributed to other productions including The Darjeeling Limited (2007). Braverman hosts the Video Shooter website and blog at www.barrybraverman.com, and offers frequent camera training workshops and classes at locations throughout the U.S. and the world. He lives in Studio City, CA.
Barry Braverman is a veteran director of photography and digital media consultant expert with more than thirty years experience, including work on National Geographic specials, network television programs, feature films and music videos. A frequent collaborator of director Wes Anderson, Braverman photographed the original Bottle Rocket in 1992 and contributed to other productions including The Darjeeling Limited (2007). Braverman hosts the Video Shooter website and blog at www.barrybraverman.com, and offers frequent camera training workshops and classes at locations throughout the U.S. and the world. He lives in Studio City, CA.

Reviews

"One of the strengths of this book is the author's tone, which manages to present both basic and complex material in a way that is easily understandable to the neophyte." --Gustavo Mercado, Hunter College

Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1 The Shooter's Point of View

Chapter 2 The Video Storyteller

Chapter 3 The Storyteller's Box

Chapter 4 The World in High Definition

Chapter 5 Command and Control

Chapter 6 Tweaking Your Story's Image

Chapter 7 Going with the Flow

Chapter 8 Your Window on the World

Chapter 9 Making Light of Your Story

Chapter 10 The Audio Story

Chapter 11 Supporting Your Story

Chapter 12 The New Shooter Storyteller

Index