New Book - Video Shooter: Mastering Storytelling Techniques

04.10.2013 14:06

Video Shooter: Mastering Storytelling Techniques,

Third Edition

By Barry Braverman




"A complete guide for anyone who shoots video, from hobbyist to professional,the pages are packed with the keys to compelling video storytelling. Combining the basic skills of solid shooting with clear discussions of the latest technology, Braverman presents a complete, easy to understand tutorial."

- Wayne Hess (Director of Photography, Pacifica, CA)


"Braverman remains focused on the simple pleasures of filmmaking while navigating the complexities of a constantly shifting digital landscape. Video Shooter is not only a good read but a great resource for today's independent filmmaker."

-  John Riber (Director, Media For Development International, Tanzania)


"The insights and knowledgethat Video Shooter offers blends perfectly the technical and the craft withhumor and opinion. It's like four years of film school and twenty years in the business with the mostinspiring and knowledgeable professor you'll ever know."

- Patrick Lee (Editor, CBS 60 Minutes, New York)


New York, September 27, 2013 - From Barry Braverman the 2nd Unit cinematographer of Moonrise Kingdom and Wes Anderson's original short subject Bottle Rocket comes Video Shooter: Mastering Storytelling Techniques, Third Edition, a new book from The Focal PressVideo Shooter is a uniquely humorous and insightful guidebook that goes beyond the equipment and shooting technicalities to instill a practical and deep appreciation for the craft of visual storytelling. In his book Braverman draws from decades of experience working on high-profile documentaries and feature films to explain the makings of a truly compelling cinematic experience and program. Order Video Shooter: Mastering Storytelling Techniques, Third Edition, on today:




To Braverman the sharing of his knowledge and the teaching of camera craft are a humanitarian calling. This new edition features lessons based on theauthor's experiences leading workshops throughout the world, from New Orleans to Cairo, empowering the world's people, young and not so young, to capture and relate the most effective video stories they can for the betterment of themselves and their communities.


Unique to the Third Edition, the book instructs the reader how to exploit the camera's capabilities to the maximum whether shooting with the world's most sophisticated 4K camcorder or a simple iPhone. The book is intended for video storytellers of all types, from event videographers to feature filmmakers, as it explores the discipline of 2D and 3D imaging and camera craft. This edition teaches the shooter how to maintain a clear point of view and eyeline, to consider the emotional impact of lens choice and color, and how to avoid generic shots and angles. The reader will also learn how close-ups can drive a story, and how composition, selective focus, and simple lighting help direct the viewer's eye inside the frame. Other lessons included in this edition are:

  • 3D storytelling and techniques fundamentals of image capture and stereo production with an emphasis on simple integrated one-piece 3D camcorders
  • Video storytelling with DSLRs how to get the best look out of these large sensor cameras despite the compromises
  • Post-camera imaging, filtering, stabilizing
  • Encoding and outputting a show to the Web or DVD
  • Insights into the working life of a video shooter - how to identify and land your ideal job, and work successfully with ego-crazed collaborators
  • End of chapter study guides with review questions for educators

Order Video Shooter: Mastering Storytelling Techniques, Third Edition, on today:


Check out the Video Shooter website and blog at:. Also, see Braverman's workshop techniques come to life in this NDTV Feature:



About The Author

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 'First Look' and CBS News SundayMorning.  Braverman is a member of Hollywood's cinematographer guild and regularly conducts multi-day camera and video storytelling workshops around the world, most recently in South Asia, the Middle East and Africa. As an author his new book VIDEO SHOOTER 3rd Edition (2013) from Focal Press will explore the art of video storytelling with the latest 2D and 3D cameras. He lives in Studio City, CA.



About Focal Press

For 75 years Focal Press has published books that support creative goals by offering leading-edge expert knowledge, techniques, and tools. They strive to provide exceptional, engaging, and practical content that helps their audience create without limitation.   





They are the leading publisher in the field of media technology, providing expert answers on filmmaking and postproduction, photography, audio and music technology, animation and gaming, media art and journalism, theatre, web and interactive design.


In 2012 Focal Press was acquired by the Taylor & Francis Group, and with their sister imprint Routledge, they offer a complete portfolio of products covering the theory and practice of media and the arts.