How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck

  • by Steve Stockman
  • Narrated by Steve Stockman
  • 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck is a quick and easy guide that will make your video better instantly - whether you hear it cover to cover or just listen to a few chapters. It's about the language of video. How to think like a director, regardless of equipment (amateurs think about the camera, pros think about communication).
It's about the rules developed over a century of movie-making - which work - just as well when shooting a two-year-old's birthday party. Written by Steve Stockman, the director of Two Weeks (2007), plus TV shows, music videos, and hundreds of commercials, How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck explains in 74 short, pithy, insightful chapters how to tell a story and entertain your audience. How to shoot video people will want to watch.
At the end of every chapter is a suggestion of how to immediately put what you learned into practice, so the next time you're shooting you'll have begun to master the skill. Accompanying the book is a website with video clips to illustrate different rules, techniques, and situations.
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 framing, lighting, sound (use an external mic), editing, special effects (turn them off!), and gives advice on shooting a variety of 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.


See More Like This

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Brilliant, educational and interesting

I'm so glad I downloaded this. Heaving with great info on video production. I really liked the way the book is read and the humor the writer uses is really good. This thing is absolutely rammed with decent quality and actually useful stuff. I'll be listening to it again and taking notes (I listen to in the car so it's a bit fiddly to write and drive. Police get a bit funny about it you know?).
He covers technical stuff as well as softer subjects and behind the scenes. It's probably one of the most educational Audibles I've listened to in a long long time.
Thanks so much for writing this.
Have a fantastic week ahead!
Read full review

- Luke

One gripe

That the mentioned chapter numbers don't match what's shown in the player. Otherwise, this is a really good book for people wanting to start shooting brilliant videos. Beforehand, this book does not cover the technical aspects of needed equipment or in depth set-up etc., but the ins and outs of the actually shooting and story line (the contents) of making a captive video for your audience. Chapters are straight to the point and kept short to keep your attention. I recommend this audio book highly.
Read full review

- crooz77

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-12-2013
  • Publisher: Custom Productions, Inc.