The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide is just a starting point for a film education. You’ve still got a long way to go to true filmmaking enlightenment. First you must understand this: Learning the craft of filmmaking is a lifelong process. It doesn’t stop after you finish a given book, class, or project … There’s an ever deeper and evolving world of visual storytelling, technology and techniques to learn and comprehend. (There’s a reason why most of the people at the top of the film game have gray hair–it takes that long to master it.)
Some things you read don’t make sense until you shoot, but some things you ...