How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck

How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck: Official Book Trailer

This took a while, since doing a book trailer for a book about video that doesn’t suck is risky for obvious reasons.  But in the end, I decided that putting my money where my mouth was was a better idea than selling the house and moving to a hut with no phones or electricity in rural Kansas.  

My friends Jared and Chris at Redtail Media (production) and Jay Rose at the Digital Playroom (sound) did an amazing job.

11 thoughts on “How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck: Official Book Trailer

  1. Steve – I just rec'd your book last night andthink it is great. Everything I've read so far makes absolute sense and I am happy to say I already do a few things mentioned in the book. Your tips are going to help tremendously not only with my video taping (of friends and family – I'm just an amateur) but also with the final editing – keeping it short has always been a challenge for me but, in the past, when I have, the video is always so much more compelling!

    Thanks for a great book.

    Maureen, Massachusetts

  2. Steve, I just bought your book. I'm trying to put together an idea about a series of instructional online videos on a specific subject. I have zero interest in general movie-making, so I've never shot any video before.

    Your book is laugh-out-loud funny, and the jokes punctuate the advice in a way that makes it unforgettable (I will never edit a video without thinking about that 2:46 movie that might have been a lot better at around 2:20).

    Thanks a million, Steve, most especially on behalf of my students.

  3. I just finished your book and I learned so much! It's very clear and easy to follow. I really appreciate it as an aspiring filmmaker. You give amazing advice and I know I'm going to think carefully before shooting my next video. I can't wait to read it all over again!

  4. Funny. Before I bought your book today or saw this trailer, I went with my family to the aquarium in Long Beach, where it seems you shot parts of this. I also took my Kodak camera (but the waterproof one that I wanted to test with the stingrays).

    Anyway, I'm really enjoying the tips and the humorous style of writing. I'm a journalist and have been doing some video. I had done a lot of writing and photography, but my audience really likes the videos I've done so far and I need something to help me grow in it. I think this book will do me well.

  5. Hello Steve,

    I've been producing YouTube Videos on my Channel since 2006 and have over 100,000 subscribers. I picked up your book as a way to continue to expand my knowledge and improve, and I have to say your book is excllent. You hit so many great points in a very quick way. You write the book the same way you advocate filming and editing your video: in short interesting clips that get to the point fast and hit hard.

    Thanks for your tips and I will be reading through this book more than once.
    Andrew Furmanczyk :: "Lypur" on YouTube

    • Thanks,Andrew– really appreciate the testimonial from a guy who seems to have his video game well in hand. Checked out your channel– stuff looks great!

  6. Steve – a friend at work had your book and I asked if I could see it. 3 pages in and I knew had to get my own copy! It just arrived yesterday, Even though I mainly shoot documentary style weddings and dance recitals, your advice has changed the way I approach almost everything! I can't wait for the next wedding in a few months to produce a great video. Thanks!

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