Stop talking about making movies...JUST shut up and shoot!

This new filmmaking guide will show you how - step-by-step!

If you want to:
 Avoid the most common filmmaking mistakes

 Make your video look and sound more professional

 Get a jump start on the rest of your filmmaking peers

 Learn more practical real-world info in a few hours, than most film classes cover in an entire semester

 Have a full arsenal of proven strategies to help you stretch your film budget and better manage your production

...then this just may be the single most important letter you’ll ever read.  

Why?  Because the product I’m going to tell you about has been delivering all of these things for filmmakers everywhere since the moment it hit the market a few short months ago and it’s only building up steam and I’m gonna show you proof.

But first, I want you to understand this: I am NOT some money-grubbing video hack recycling out-dated generic info for outrageous prices to unsuspecting would-be filmmakers. Nor am I one of these guys who made a single lame little film that never saw the light of day and is now claiming to somehow be able to give you everything you need to take on Hollywood with a dollar and dream.  That’s a load of crap and I hope you aren’t one of the many filmmakers who’ve been ripped off by these fly-by-night hacks.   

I am a passionate life-long filmmaker and educator who loves teaching and helping other filmmakers.  Long before I ever made a dime at it, I volunteered to teach New York City high school students and have since instructed hundreds of aspiring filmmakers, young and old, in seminars, workshops and classes for some of the most-noted filmmaking institutions in the world including NYU’s - Tisch School of the Arts where I still work full-time to this very day.   

Film and TV projects I’ve made have been screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, Slamdance, and on MTV and The Education Channel. A feature film I produced was covered on the front page of both The Hollywood Reporter and Variety when it took the top prize at the prestigious 2003 IFP Film Market in New York City.  

I am currently the Production Center Manager and an adjunct professor at NYU-Tisch School of the Arts, one of the most renowned film schools in the world, where I instruct grad and undergrad students on everything from lighting to audio to camerawork and other practical production strategies for pulling off their creative vision regardless of their budget or previous experience level.

Even with a family and full-time job I actively devote a huge chunk of my time to helping up and coming filmmakers. As a service to the indie film community I provide tons of helpful original information in the form of a free filmmaking blog, podcast, email newsletter and I’ve even donated thousands of dollars of this product to several filmmaking non-profits organizations that serve teens.  

I don’t make a dime off of any of these labor-intensive endeavors. I do them because this is my art, craft, and passion and I want to share the many things I’ve learned (and am still learning) and do my best to inspire you to pursue and persist at filmmaking. I love what I do and I do what I love. 

Unlike the money-grubbing video hacks peddling whack digital downloads across the Internet, I actually want you to succeed, so I’m not gonna B.S. you with some unrealistic pie-in-the sky promise playing on your filmmaking dreams just to get you to open up your wallet.  In fact, I’m gonna be downright blunt with you, because every new filmmaker needs to come to this realization...

It’s technically, mentally and financially challenging.  It requires creativity, art, writing, science, business, psychology, even physical stamina.  You need to properly prepare to make a film just to have any hope of being successful.  There is a lot to know and it’s not all easy info to find, understand or apply in actual practice.  And anyone that tells you otherwise is deluded, has no real filmmaking experience or is just trying to sell you some crap- (or possibly all three)!

However, that dose of reality doesn’t mean that you can’t still realize that dream.  It just means that you need to properly prepare with sound realistic filmmaking advice to confront the multitude of very real obstacles to creating a successful film project - even in this digital computer age. 

You can greatly increase your confidence, competence and chances of success and overcoming the odds with clear real-world instruction, advice, practical tips, technical know-how, and by tapping into the wisdom and techniques of the many successful filmmakers that have gone before you.  That’s what I deliver with this product, nothing more and nothing less than...

100% real-world illustrated practical instructions on the tangible and intangible things that can help you make your film and video projects with less mistakes and better end results regardless of your budget.

So now that we’ve got all that straight, here’s just some of what you’ll get when you order The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide...


296 glossy full-color pages featuring 500+ clear full-color photos and diagrams in a real soft-cover book. 

Bonus DVD w/ more than 1 hour of instructional audio and video content plus more (not just bogus commercials and trailers this is actual useful content to help you learn the craft)

A collection of convenient fully-printable filmmaking forms, production checklists and sample releases.

printable technical cheat sheets for easy reference on-set including Jump Start Charts for easy reference to the Panasonic DVX-100 and HVX-200 cameras and the Shure FP33 Mixer.

a printable ready-to-use fill-in-the-blanks documentary budget template


This isn’t one of those cheesy low-budget fly-by-night digital downloads…this is a glossy full-color soft-cover book, packaged with a professionally produced Bonus DVD that features a one-of-a-kind video DVD tutorial on recording better audio that has received univerSal praise for it’s clarity and usefulness.  

 This product is so well-polished that  British Film Magazine described it as having “a luxury presentation that makes you feel like a successful filmmaker – or that you soon will be – from the word go.”  

This entire book and DVD package has been professionally edited, designed,  laid out and perfectly-bound by the world’s leading publisher of technical film and TV books,Focal Press . -  In other words, it’s the real deal not the fakie flakie crap that’s been passed off as filmmaking instruction by a handful of money-grubbing hacks for far too long.
Let me be perfectly clear. This is not your average film book.  It’s not a book of filmmaking history, theory or amusing anecdotes.  Nor is it the same tired old collection of useless general film tips that you can read anywhere in a dozen other books and websites. 

This is a book and DVD of purely practical advice and technical instruction from the deep trenches of guerrilla filmmaking.  It’s everything that anyone making a film or video most needs to know to get professional results on a limited budget. 

If you’re busy trying to launch a film, I know that you don’t have the time to read between the lines, so I took more than 2 years out of my life to catalog and illustrate the filmmaking process and write The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide to break down the things you most need to know.  It took me 2 and a half years to write, but more than 15 years to learn the things I’m serving up on a silver platter in this fully-illustrated filmmaking guide. (Did I mention that there are more than 500 photos and illustrations?)

This is a comprehensive, straight-up, no-nonsense reference guide to the most practical aspects of digital filmmaking.  When I say practical I mean real-world relevant information that you can use and apply immediately to improve the results of your filmmaking.  And if you’ have yet to make a film, there simply isn’t a better self-starting point than this book.


So much of this valuable advice and technical information is not clearly spelled out in a single text anywhere on the bookshelf or in any one online source.  You have to go to one source for useful camera info, another source for budgeting advice, and yet another source for practical audio info- on and on, until you’re completely overwhelmed by a stack of expensive bloated film books, magazine articles,  and fifty different webpages bookmarked that you can’t even remember which bookmark goes to what in the first place. (Sound familiar?)    

In the Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide, I spell it all out - lighting, camera, audio, pre and post-production from   A-Z and make it plain and simple with useful full-color pictures, valuable tips, and simple terminology that anyone can understand, regardless of your experience level.  And it’s all laid out logically by technical and production topics, even color-coded to make it all easy.  I would call it the “iPod of filmmaking products”, but I’m afraid I’d get sued, so I won’t actually call it that (even though that’s how easy it is to learn filmmaking from this product). 

Now when I say spelled out, I mean I’m giving you easy-to-digest illustrations, diagrams, charts, brand names, prices, and step-by-step procedures, in other words real and useful specifics on...

How to hook up a mixer - pg. 139

What colored gels to use and when - pg.108

When and how to use lighting accessories - pg. 99

What film equipment you need to get started - pg. 42 

Which microphone to use in various situations - pg. 134

What to look for when hiring crew - pg. 46 

What to look for when buying or renting a camera - pg. 34

Interview preparation and warm-up - pg. 204

How to shoot a live event - pg. 176

How to hustle money back into your budget - pg. 25

When to use camera auto-functions - pg. 80

Which boom position to use and when - pg. 129

How to shoot handheld - pg. 84

How to avoid getting your equipment ripped off - pg. 59 

How and why to adjust video color bars - pg 89

Interviewing celebrities - pg. 209

Common 3-CCD camera specs and prices - pg. 36

The most common budgeting mistakes to avoid - pg. 22

How to manipulate your shutter speed and when - pg.77

How to feed your crew well on a budget - pg. 50

How to “automatically” log mini-DV tapes - pg. 220

Getting started in Final Cut Pro - Bonus DVD Pages

How to get shallow depth of field in 5 different ways - pg. 175

How to work a film festival - pg. 236

How to mount a lav mic - pg. 132

How to steal locations and not get busted - pg. 63

Five different ways to get a “film look” from video - pg. 78

How to raise the money and approach investors - pg. 15 

8 set-up “Lighting Cookbook” w/ diagrams and photos - pg. 114

Where to find online filmmaking resources - Bonus DVD Resources

Which type of cables are used for what gear - pg. 147

Who does what on the crew - pg. 43

How to shoot in rough neighborhoods - pg. 67


...And that’s just part of the full bounty of real and valuable filmmaking information contained in this package. These are just practical straight-up answers that every filmmaker will need to know sooner or later- all explained clearly, in plain English, step-by-step.

That’s just the useful information that I’m providing, but even after 15 years in the game, I don’t know everything (far from it), so I reached out to gather more practical wisdom and advice some of the most respected, experienced and talented filmmakers and experts in the industry to ask them to fill in my blanks by giving you their candid advice in pages entitled Been There, Done That, that are dispersed throughout the book by topic.  

Who are just some of the diverse respected and talented filmmakers who have contributed their vast  filmmaking wisdom and knowledge to this book?  Here’s a partial list:


Albert Maysles - The Godfather of Doc 
Director/Cinematographer - Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter
Albert Maysles is a living filmmaking legend. He’s one of the pioneers of the Direct Cinema movement who’s shot docs on such icons as the Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Castro.

Sam Pollard - Academy Award  Nominee
Producer/Editor - 4 Little Girls, When the Levees Broke, etc.   
Over 30 years Sam has won a Peabody and Emmy Award. He has edited many of the films of director Spike Lee.   Sam is also a dedicated production and editing professor at NYU. 

John Canemaker - Academy Award Winner
Animator - The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Coversation
John is an world-renowned animation historian and Executive Director of Animation of NYU’s legendary Tisch School of the Arts.  He won an Oscar for Best Animated Short in 2005.

Rose Rosenblatt and Marion Lipschutz
Producers/Directors - The Education of Shelby Knox 
Rose and Marion are long time doc filmmakers whose work has been on PBS and Court TV. The Education of Shelby Knox, won Best Cinematography at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. 

Adrian Belic - Academy Award Nominee
Co-Producer/Co-Director - Genghis Blues
Adrian and his brother Rocco, shot their documentary, Genghis Blues, on a Hi-8 video camera in the rugged mountains of Tuva. It was as down an dirty as it gets and it was Oscar-nominated.  

Susan Buice and Arin Crumley
Co-Producers/Directors/Podcasters - Four Eyed Monsters 
Susan and Arin have emerged as serious thought leaders in the world of indie film. They are self-taught and challenging the traditional notion of film distribution with innovative new models.


Many of these name-brand indie filmmakers have been nominated for (and even won) Oscars and won more major awards, festivals, and accolades than I could hope to list. Like I said, this book is the real deal. And they are all giving perfectly candid, concise and practical advice on everything from funding to storytelling to ethics throughout this book.  Their hard-earned words-of-wisdom are full of  valuable insights and inspiration that will help give you a leg up and learn things the easy way- from someone else’s experience.  


In the 15+ years I’ve been making film and TV, I’ve wasted many precious hours (actually days) of my life reading between the lines of some overwhelming film book, trying to find and decipher the few kernels of real information that were actually relevant to helping me make my project…I rarely found the practical info I needed and hardly ever in a single book.  This book delivers it all in one neat compact package.

In The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide I’ve gone through great pains to make the complicated and confusing process of filmmaking easy and clear for you to understand and more importantly, execute.  

Filmmaking is a visual medium. So why do so many film books have hardly any pictures in them?! My educated guess is because it’s expensive and a hell of a lot of effort to shoot and design a bunch of custom photos and illustrations.  But that’s exactly what it takes to explain things more clearly, so I’ve stacked this book with 500+ clear illustrations, photos, and diagrams and added a one-of-a-kind straight-to-the-point high-quality video DVD tutorial on recording better audio. 

Long after you begin to master the craft, the Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide will serve as a continual illustrated reference guide to the thousand little technical and procedural details you need to recall to pull off a film. 

Not only that, but this book will help you avoid the most common filmmaking mistakes and give you the technical know-how, insider tips and confidence to capture your vision regardless of your budget. It’s an easy and humorous read and written to inspire and motivate you to pursue your vision regardless of your budget or experience level.


I’m not just hyping this book up.  I know it sounds too good to be true, but the truth is that I’m simply telling you what the film magazines, critics, professors, filmmakers and students have already said in writing about The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide. 

Check the quotes throughout this web page.  Go ahead and click the links to the reviews below. Google them if you want. There’s not a fake one among them.  These are real reviews and quotes from real and notable online and print publications and people in the film industry.  

When it’s the real deal, you don’t have to fake it.  The community the product serves will endorse it on their own... 


The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide got a: 
10 out of 10 review from Microfilmmaker Magazine (click here). 
5 out of 5 stars from Empire Magazine (click here) 

and very favorable reviews from:
British Film Magazine Review (click here) 
Film Festival Today (click here). 


In addition to that, it’s gotten more positive reviews and endorsements from active blog writers in and around the filmmaking community, such as Making The Movie, Irascible Ian, and The Blog Columnist.    


Not only that, but in just the few short months that it’s been out on the market, it’s been instantly adapted as required or recommended reading by a number of established and up-and-coming film schools and colleges across the world including:

New York University - Tisch School of the Arts - New York City

Chatman University - California 

DCTV (Downtown Community Television) - New York City

S.A.E. (School of Audio Engineering) - London

Colorado University - Boulder

Judson College - Alabama

S.A.E. (School of Audio Engineering) - Amsterdam

Fort Lewis College - Colorado

Lafayette College - Pennsylvania

Morgan State University - Baltimore

This partial list includes some of the most prestigious names in film education on either side of the globe and they have adopted this book in the classroom for one reason and one reason only- it’s helping their students to make better films.   

How do I know it’s actually helping their students?  Because I get emails every week from joyful filmmakers, students and video professionals telling me how much the book has helped them.  I don’t want you to just take my word for it (or even the magazine and reviewers word for it.

I want you to take the word of the many happy customers who already own The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide. Here are just some of the many emails and testimonials that I have received from the 3500+ filmmakers at all levels who invested in their film careers by buying this book and DVD...


Like I said at the start of this letter, I actually want you to succeed.   I could easily charge a lot of money for this product and still have plenty of happy customers, but I don’t want to price out the people I know want and need this book the most- aspiring filmmakers with limited resources. 

I know very well that if you are a guerrilla filmmaker you don’t have a lot of money to put anywhere except up on the screen, so I’m giving you an outrageous outrageously low price with a money-back guarantee. 
This price is much lower than other filmmaking products on the market and even 20% lower than the retail price printed on the book. Not only that, but there is absolutely no-risk for you whatsoever, because just like the filmmaking instruction, the guarantee is no B.S.

I’ve said all I can about this product. I’ve shown you all the knowledge and practical info you get.  You’ve seen the glowing reviews from the film magazine critics. You’ve seen the list of film schools already using it in the classroom . You’ve read actual emails and testimonials from customers.  You’ve seen the straight up money-back guarantee, so you know that there’s no risk. If you are truly serious about filmmaking and looking for a better learning resource, there’s nothing more to say or to do except buy this book and Shut Up and Shoot!  

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...I’m very proud of this product and I personally sign each and every copy.  I put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into it to make it a truly helpful resource for filmmakers.  I sincerely hope you enjoy and learn from this product as so many others already have.

Happy Guerrilla Filmmaking!

Peace, Love, and Video,
Anthony Q. Artis
Creator, The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide

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