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The Bare Bones Camera Course for Film and Video
Author's Preface: "This book explains, as simply as possible, how to shoot usable images on film, tape and other media. If you are, or plan to be, a cameraperson, I suggest you read your camera's operator's manual in addition to this book. When you understand both, you should be able to go out and shoot footage that works. If you're not interested in becoming a cameraperso ...more
Paperback, 89 pages
Published June 1st 1982 by Tom Schroeppel
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My edition of this workbook-like text is the 31st, which surely is some measure of its success. Any money Tom Schroeppel is making on this (and I hope it's a lot) is well-deserved: The reader is neither confused by excessive terminology or baffled by the over-complication of what (Schroeppel reveals) are beautifully simple techniques needed to make decent videos. The language is simple yet concise, diagrams and illustrations are reduced to the minimum of necessary detail (there are no photos whi ...more
Whenever anyone I know is interested in what I do (I'm a filmmaker), or interested in getting into filmmaking themselves, I always point them towards this book. Tom Schroeppel simplifies every aspect of film production, all without making the reader feel dumb or lost. While it is "bare bones" as the title suggests, there is nothing left uncovered, and you will leave this book knowing all the basics there are to know.
My books are based on my own years of experience as a writer, director, cameraman and editor. If you're interested in the history behind my books, filmmaker and teacher Paul Harrill did an interview with me on his Self-Reliant Filmmaking blog: http://www.selfreliantfilm.comMore about Tom Schroeppel...