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Video Shooter: Mastering Storytelling Techniques, from Focal Press and written by Barry Braverman, takes you beyond the technicalities of sensors, lenses, and tripods, to a practical and inspired appreciation for the craft of the camera. Braverman draws from decades of personal experience on high-profile documentaries and feature films to explain the makings of a compelling visual storyteller.
With wit and humor, this 3rd edition Softcover book explores the discipline of the 2D and 3D image-maker, from the need to maintain a clear point of view and eye-line, to the emotional impact of lens choice and color palette. You'll learn to avoid generic shots and angles, and apply the principle of exclusion to maintain rigorous control of the frame. You'll understand how close-ups can drive a story and how composition, selective focus, and simple lighting direct the viewer's eye inside the frame. Most of all you'll learn not to make it too easy - by challenging your viewers, you'll elevate the value of your work and your reputation as a craftsman.
Barry Braverman is a cinematographer with over thirty years experience in television documentaries and feature films. His credits include Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom (2012), The Darjeeling Limited (2007), as well as National Geographic TV Specials, HBO's 'First Look' and CBS News' Sunday Morning. Braverman is a member of the Hollywood Cinematographer Guild and conducts regular 2D and 3D camera workshops around the world. He lives in Studio City, California.