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Video Journalism Resource Books for Filmmakers

Video Journalism Workshop Book
Reference Books for the Video Journalism Workshop

I am down at the Video Journalism Workshops December session in Washington DC to help film the course. Tomorrow all the students show up and we begin. My role is to film everything and also to hold a workshop on Saturday on the social media aspect of making making video.

The workshop is run by Bill Gentile. Bill pulled together a really nice selection of reference books for the students to look at and I thought I would pass these on as a nice library for anyone making short documentaries or video stories. All of these books are available at

  • Setting Up Your Shots, Great Camera Moves Every Filmmaker Should Know, by Jeremy Vineyard, this is the coolest book on lining up your shots
  • Cinematic Storytelling, The 100 Most Powerful Film Conventions Every Filmmaker Must Know by Jennifer Van Sijll, tons of great examples, very clear
  • Directing the Documentary, by Michael Rabiger, it one of the standards for any documentary filmmaker
  • Photo Idea Index, Explore new ways to capture and create exceptional images with digital cameras and software by Jim Krause, this entire series of books is excellent

And a couple of other good reference books

  • The Non-Designer’s Design Book, Design and Typographic Principles for the Visual Novice, by Robin Williams, simple write to the point
  • Don’t Make Me Think, A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, by Steve Krug, a must have for any web designer.