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GoPro Creative Director of Media Bradford Schmidt and Senior Editor
Brandon Thompson Co-Author Guide to GoPro

Peachpit Publishes GoPro: Professional Guide to Filmmaking

"This is the book we wish we’d had five years ago, when we first started
making videos for GoPro." —Bradford Schmidt and Brandon Thompson

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF – November 21, 2014 – Written by GoPro Creative Director of Media Bradford Schmidt and Senior Editor Brandon Thompson, GoPro: Professional Guide to Filmmaking is a guide to the HERO4 and all GoPro camera models. This book is packed with hundreds of beautiful photos and interactive links to videos created by professional athletes, filmmakers, and inspired users from around the world. It is the only book to cover the art and technique of filmmaking by the team at GoPro.

GoPro has become a global movement of visual expression and users of the cameras are able to self-document and share their interests and experiences like never before. This book demonstrates how to tap the true potential of the GoPro camera to capture immersive and engaging content from an unlimited range of perspectives.

Besides containing numerous inspiring photos and links to jaw-dropping videos, this book explores GoPro's history, all of the different camera modes and settings, standard and experimental mounts, shooting principles, editing techniques, turning footage into a compelling story, and sharing that story with the world.

"This book is an invaluable window into Bradford and Brandon's creative thinking and summarizes years of experience and insight. Hopefully it serves as a spark for you just as the authors have for GoPro." —From the Foreword by Nicholas Woodman, Founder of GoPro.

GoPro: Professional Guide to Filmmaking is now available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Peachpit, and other retailers worldwide. For more information, visit

About the Authors
Bradford Schmidt is a founding member of GoPro's media department. Bradford first met GoPro founder and CEO Nick Woodman on a surfing trip in 2002, while riding on a wooden chicken ferry in Sumatra. The two bonded through their love of surfing, travel, and photography. Over the next seven years, Brad helped Nick develop what would become GoPro, testing prototype mounts and cameras and filming footage for sales, marketing, and trade shows. In 2009, Bradford moved to Half Moon Bay, California, to create GoPro's media department and start a YouTube channel that would rise to become one of the most powerful content-driven brands online.

Brandon Thompson joined GoPro as the second member of the media department, and specializes in video post-production as a Senior Editor. Brandon's work for GoPro has received over 50 million views on YouTube, and has been shown in forums as diverse as Super Bowl halftime commercials, Xbox Live, Virgin Air flight programming, and film festivals.

About Peachpit
Peachpit offers unique learning experiences in the fields of photography, graphic design, Web design and development, digital video, and more. Peachpit is part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO), the international media company. Pearson's primary operations also include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. Learn more at and

GoPro: Professional Guide to Filmmaking
By Bradford Schmidt, Brandon Thompson
November 21, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-321-93416-1


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Laura Ross, Senior Publicist
Peachpit, Adobe Press