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The Bare Bones Camera Course for Film and Video

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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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May 09, 2014 dc craig rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 19, 2007 Matt rated it it was amazing
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.
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Mar 13, 2013 Laura Ann Tull rated it it was amazing
Nice simplistic over veiw of the basics of a film shoot, from the 180 rule to the basic lighting set up. Well done. I would highly recomend this to any person considering starting a film career or shooting a movie or documentary.
Sep 06, 2014 Dennis rated it it was amazing
An excellent primer
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Jun 26, 2015 Judy Naylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great, clear explanations. Illustrations are very helpful. I really enjoy using this book.
Jul 29, 2015 James rated it it was amazing
The economy of the book is amazing - direct and clear and packed with well organized information. Illustrations looks like they were drawn by a child, but they work and it's kind of charming.
Jul 13, 2011 Maria rated it really liked it
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Short, sweet, practical when beginning. Loved it in my early/mid teens.
Jul 27, 2014 Rachel rated it really liked it
A great refresher for video and photography concepts, especially lighting and composition. Quick read and the simple format and images get right to the point.
Feb 19, 2008 Snuf rated it really liked it
This book is a must for inexperienced film makers. Covers all the basics with easy to follow chapters and kindergarten style diagrams.
Jan 01, 2016 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Excellent book which covers the basics of video production. My students can expect to see examples from this book brought into the classroom.
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