Shot by Shot: A Practical Guide to Filmmaking

Shot by Shot: A Practical Guide to Filmmaking

4th Edition
by John Cantine
Susan Howard
Brady Lewis
ISBN 978-0-9637433-8-1

Shot by Shot: A Practical Guide to Filmmaking is an introductory textbook on film and digital video production that has been used in over 80 university programs for nearly 20 years. The new, updated 4th Edition has been extensively rewritten. The book is divided into 12 chapters:

  1. The Moving Image
  2. The Film Camera and Film Stock
  3. The Video Camera and Recorder
  4. The Lens
  5. Composition
  6. Continuity
  7. Editing Theory
  8. Editing Mechanics
  9. Pre-production
  10. Lighting
  11. Sound
  12. Distribution

The new, updated 4th Edition has been extensively rewritten. It includes new chapters encompassing HD video cameras and digital video recording, expanded editing chapters and a chapter on new exhibition and distribution opportunities, from film festivals to YouTube.

The two editing chapters (Editing Theory and Editing Mechanics) include digital editing workflows for film, video and hybrid projects. Every chapter has been revised to reflect the realities of 21st-century motion-picture production, whether using super-8 or 16mm film, SD or HD video or some combination of formats.

The 4th edition maintains the readability and easy-to-understand explanations that made the first three editions so popular and widely used. It also retains descriptions of traditional, analog film production methods for those who believe that these methods instill a discipline that serves young filmmakers well, whatever technology they have at their disposal.


Direct all orders and correspondence regarding Shot by Shot: A Practical Guide to Filmmaking to:

Ross Nugent
Pittsburgh Filmmakers
477 Melwood Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pa 15213

You may call 412.681.5449 x 201, fax 412.681.5503, or email


The price is $23.00 US. Orders will be discounted as follows:

2 – 29 books 20% discount
30 – 59 books 25% discount
60+ books 30% discount


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Orders are returnable for six months from the invoice date provided the books are not damaged in any way. For permission and/or clarification, please call 412.681.5449 x 201.


At this time 3rd edition books are still available and can be purchased for the same price as the 4th edition as long as supplies last.