Video Shooter: Storytelling with DV, HD, and HDV Cameras; DV Expert Series Paperback – Jan 15 2006
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About the Author
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.
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Be forewarned, though; some of the included DVD is worthless unless you are on a MAC. Versions of the links and compressed files for Windows would be nice.
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Inside the book is relatively little about the camera. Instead the book is about shooting video. It's lighting, framing, capturing the action that's important. He talks about features of the camera, but from a sense of what that feature means to the shooter, it's not a 'camera a has this, camera b has that.'
Mr. Braverman, above all emphasizes that the idea in shooting video is to tell a story. Much of his commentary goes beyond the technical details into how to capture the story. He talks about what the camera sees, and relates this to what the audience gets from the story. Here are the tricks of the trade from a master.
And with those opening words Braverman launches into a thorough exploration of both traditional filmmaking and digital video. It's literally a pair of high level courses in a single book and it is exceptionally well done.
Braverman knows film. Braverman knows digital video. Braverman knows the differences between the two. And Braverman knows not only how to tell a story in film or video, but how to write about it.
For anyone contemplating any serious work in video, this book is a must-have. Those aspiring to a career in video absolutely need it. But Braverman's book is equally useful to the serious hobbyist as well.
The book is lavishly illustrated with lots of how-to and "why you shouldn't" pictures. The writing is concise and natural, without any pretense toward preachiness. Braverman is very adept at mixing the very technical with explaining the art of visual storytelling. Lighting, camera selection sound, operation and shooting techniques. He covers it all. (I really do hope that Braverman authors a new edition every year or so just to keep apace of the changes in the technology.)
The man himself is worth the price of admission. Definitely a book anyone with an interest in telling stories through video will want to have.
Braverman provides an overview of all the fundamentals necessary to maximizing the quality of DV and HDV productions, including issues related to the equally critical areas of compression and burning to DVD. There are certain limitations inherent in the DV and HDV format, including excessive depth of field and a propensity to burn out detail in high light situations. Braverman helps the video shooter address and compensate for those deficiencies - even where the productions are limited to shooting video of the family. After all, if video isn't well shot, it's not going to be watched.
Looking forward to Braverman's next book.
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