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Tom photo Yes, I'm the Tom Schroeppel who wrote The Bare Bones Camera Course for Film and Video and Video Goals: Getting Results With Pictures and Sound. These practical, easy-to-understand books are based on my own experience as a working professional in film and video. They're used as basic texts by hundreds of schools like the University of Southern California, Syracuse University, Vassar College, Boston University, New York University, Vanderbilt University, Stanford University and others. So far, I've sold more than 175,000 copies. (If you're interested in the history behind my books, filmmaker and teacher Paul Harrill did an interview with me on his Self-Reliant Filmmaking blog.)

Click here to buy The Bare Bones Camera Course in Japanese.  Click here to buy The Bare Bones Camera Course in Turkish.



Due to failing health, in March 2015 I sold all rights to my books to Allworth Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, distributed by Perseus.

The 2015 3rd edition of The Bare Bones Camera Course for Film and Video is updated and expanded. Click here for more information.

    Bare Bones Camera Course for Film and Video
    ISBN 9781621535263
    $14.95 paperback
    Perseus Book Distribution
    800-343-4499
    Email: orderentry@perseusbooks.com

To request an examination or desk copy of the 2015 Third Edition of The Bare Bones Camera Course for Film and Video contact Perseus Academic Sales. Call 800-343-4499

Direct all volume orders to Perseus Book Distribution.



I'm also the Tom Schroeppel who wrote AVScripter, a DOS/Windows program that formats ASCII text files into two-column video scripts. Originally released as shareware, it's now free.  For current users, I have some AVScripter tips for Windows users.

Free stuff you can print out:

While training documentary videomakers at the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation, I developed some one-page checklists for producers, camerapersons and editors. You're welcome to print out and distribute these copyrighted pages, as long as you don't alter or charge for them:

I've also posted excerpts from some scripts I wrote for actual clients. You may find them useful as models.

For a speech I once gave, I prepared a handout entitled Tips for Creative Problem Solving From Concept to Screen. You can print it out and distribute it, as long as you don't alter or charge for it.

Finally, for you teachers, I've prepared some camera training assignments and a couple of quizzes referring to The Bare Bones Camera Course book you can print out and use however you wish.


 Other resources I've found a number of web sites, people and organizations personally useful. They're listed here.
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To contact me:
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                        Mail:   Tom Schroeppel
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