Synopses & Reviews
The GoPro camera revolutionized filmmaking not only in terms of its compact and wearable format but in the way it has opened up new ways for people to communicate, to share information, and to capture their lives and dreams. In short, it’s not just a camera for athletes. It’s a camera that can move and shape communities altogether.
For those who wish to explore all the ways you can film your multi-sport adventures or simple day-to-day events, wherever your interest lies this book unlocks all the secrets to capturing those moments in ways unique to you and your creative spirit.
Using riveting photographs and stories throughout, the book guides readers through all the phases of creating video. They’ll learn about the various advantages of the GoPro camera and how to plan for and execute shots. They’ll learn about lighting and mounting the camera for different looks and effects. Once the shots are in the can, readers will get best-practice techniques on editing, including shot and music selection, pacing, story arc, transitions, composting and effects, and putting the final story together before sharing it with the world.
A celebration of beauty and athleticism? A contemplation on mortality? An ode to decadence? What will you create?
Written as a guide to the HERO4 and all GoPro camera models, this book is packed with hundreds of beautiful photos and interactive links to videos created by professional athletes, filmmakers, and inspired amateurs. It is the only book to cover the art and technique of filmmaking by the team at GoPro.
As a reader, you'll learn about GoPro’s history, all the different camera modes and settings, standard and experimental mounts, shooting principles, editing techniques, turning your footage into a compelling story, and sharing that story with the world.
Whether you're an advanced athlete or simply love to create videos, you'll get all the inspiration and instruction you need to capture and create your own legendary moments.
WHERE INSPIRATION MEETS TECHNICAL CRAFT, this guide to professional filmmaking with a GoPro is packed with hundreds of beautiful photos and interactive links to videos created by professional athletes, filmmakers, and inspired GoPro users around the world.
As the only book to cover the art and technique of advanced filmmaking by the team at GoPro, you’ll get a unique insider’s look at GoPro’s history, all the different camera modes and settings, standard and experimental mounts, shooting principles, and editing techniques. Compelling stories from users such as Kelly Slater, Shaun White, and Kevin Richardson offer a rare view into an incredible world of athleticism, artistic beauty, and storytelling.
Whether you’re a professional filmmaker, top athlete or an aspiring enthusiast, you’ll get all the inspiration and instruction you need to capture and create your own engaging edits to share with the world.
“This book is an invaluable window into Bradford and Brandon’s creative thinking and summarizes their years of experience. Hopefully it serves as a spark for you just as the authors have done for GoPro.”
From the foreword by Nicholas Woodman, founder of GoPro
About the Author
BRADFORD SCHMIDT AND BRANDON THOMPSON are founding members of GoPro’s media department. Bradford first met GoPro founder Nicholas Woodman in 2002, on a wooden chicken ferry while on a surf trip in Sumatra. The two bonded through their love of surfing, travel, and photography. Over the next seven years, Bradford helped Nick develop what would become GoPro, testing prototype mounts and cameras and filming footage for sales, marketing, and trade shows. In 2009, Bradford moved to Half Moon Bay, California, to create GoPro’s media department and start its YouTube channel. Soon after, Brandon joined him as the second member of the media department. Since then, the two have worked together to tell countless GoPro stories; in the process, helping GoPro become the content-driven brand it is today.