Tom Schroeppel's Home Page
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.
to failing health, in March 2015 I sold all rights to my books to
Allworth Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, distributed by
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
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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.
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
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.
I've found a number of web sites, people and organizations personally
useful. They're listed here.
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To contact me:
West Price Avenue
Tampa, FL 33611-3720
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