Here’s how to think in shots—how to move-point-shoot-stop-repeat, instead of planting yourself in one spot and pressing “Record” for five minutes. Why never to shoot until you see the whites of your subject’s eyes. Why to “zoom” with your feet and not the lens. How to create intrigue on camera. The book covers the basics of video production: framing, lighting, sound (use an external mic), editing, special effects (turn them off!), and gives advice on shooting quite a few specific situations: sporting events, parties and family gatherings, graduations and performances. Plus, how to make instructional and promotional videos, how to make a music video, how to capture stunts, and much more. At the end of every chapter is a suggestion of how to immediately put what you’ve learned into practice, so the next time you’re shooting you’ll have begun to master the skill. Steve’s website (stevestockman.com) provides video examples to illustrate different production ideas, techniques, and situations, and his latest thoughts on all things video.
“Like two years of film school in 248 pages” – Steven Pressfield, writer 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 really useful.”
“Great tips from a video expert.”
“Whip-smart and funny… teaches readers how to consider film and reveals the why and when at the back of techniques; there is next to zero tech or tool talk.”
“His simple-to-follow guide takes readers step by step through the film- and video-making process”
–David A. Goodman, Executive Producer/Head Creator of “Family Guy”