Book Recommendation: The Shut up and Shoot Documentary Guide

The titles says it all, SHUT UP AND SHOOT…camera footage of course. Anthony Q. Artis gets down and dirty in this book and tells you the basics that you need to know in order to get out there and film that documentary idea you have been mulling about for years.

This book is mostly focused on documentary work, but it is an excellent read for any beginner videographer that just wants to learn the basics of what goes into making a video. The  author covers pre-production, production, post-production, and distribution in a way that makes it simple for anyone to understand. This book is especially for those with a limited budget and how they can work around that in order to make the video happen. Q. Artis also uses many examples of what you can do when you don’t have the top of the line gear and you need to improvise with something else in order to get the shot. He doesn’t only talk about the technical side of things, it also includes how to handle problems with interview subjects, telling a story, choosing a location, and assembling a crew.

I finished the book recently and highly recommend it for someone starting out and wanting to really get a good grasp of the basics. The author, Anthony Q. Artis is coming out with another similar book focusing on freelance video work and I definitely will get my hands on it.


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