Tips for shooting action videos for YouTube

Professional stuntman H-P Virkki has written and directed a book that gives tips for skateboarders, BMX-bikers, martial arts experts, and everyone who wants to shoot video clips that include action. That’s right, he has written and directed a book Stunts, Scenes and Safety which means that there are video clips in the book.

It is uncommon to have a book that features video clips, but at the era of ebooks it is possible. In this case, including video material in the book is a wise decision because readers can actually see live clips what was talked about in the book.

I had an opportunity to review the Apple iPad-version of Stunts, Scenes and Safety, but the ebook is available for the Kindle and as an EPUB edition as well. The iPad edition is the nicest to read, browse and view, because of its well-designed layout, photo galleries and included videos.

You can read the book even if you are not interested in shooting your own videos at all. Here and there, throughout the book, the author drops tips on how to prepare oneself if you are truly committed to trying your skills as a stuntman. Getting into the business is very difficult, but some people make it every year.

The key learning for me from this books was that scenes – especially scenes that involve action – require planning and practicing. If more than one people are involved in a scene, it requires careful coordination as demonstrated in the book’s skateboarding scene.

The author H-P Virkki and his book on Stage 32
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Fun in Finland

Summers are bright and green in Scandinavia – that much we knew already, but The Lighter Side of Finland claims that it is not all grey and gloomy in winter, either. The book is an entertaining description of this Nordic country that is renowned for its education system, racing car drivers, and Angry Birds.

For a tourist, the biggest attraction is the capital Helsinki, followed by Lapland, lake district in the East and South-West archipelago. This book, however, is not a travel guide (even though it includes a few travel tips as well), but a warm-hearted account of the culture, people, traditions, food and sauna etiquette.

It is a well-written book that is a pleasure to read even if your next travel destination wouldn’t be Finland, but if it is, and you are interested what makes the nation tick, this book is worth your time.

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