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Video planning & shooting


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A guide to planning and shooting video for the web.

A guide to planning and shooting video for the web.

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  • 1. Video Planning & Editing
  • 2. Kate Fox Associate: Sound delivery Student: MA Social Media, Salford University Researcher: BBC Multiplatform and formerly New Media Manager: Mersey Basin Campaign
  • 3. Agenda
    • Planning your film
    • Finding your contributors
    • Shooting
    • Framing your shots
    • Putting it together
    • Getting the word out
    • Meet the cameras
    • It’s Spielberg time!
  • 4. 1. Before you start
    • What is the message?
    • How will the video be used?
    • Who is your audience?
    • When will you need to film?
    • What activities will you be able to film?
    • Have you got enough filming time?
    • Don’t film too much!
    photo by John Dalrymple CC
  • 5. 2. Making a plan
    • Write a rough running order
    • Write a script / shot list
    • Visual storyboard if useful
  • 6. Example: Running order SAVING PLANET EARTH INTRO Chris explaining who he is Explanation of local area and the threat to the wildlife Why we need to look after them Name the 3 species COMING UP Soundbites and shots of Hen Harriers and Adders STORY 1 – RED SQUIRREL Intro in landrover in Kielder Forest Information Explanation of population and the new research – Dr Peter Lurz – Newcastle University Introduction of Kielder Forest Red Squirrel Project and purpose Tree felling day to explain where the squirrel hideaways etc are from Red Squirrel Day – 22nd August – Chris and general public at event Man with assault course – cut with Chris up a tree/swing rope Food required for squirrels – comparison with humans Chris building a feeding table? Example written by Sohail Shah
  • 7. Example: script / shot list SHOT VOICEOVER / SPEECH MCU - Client entering BROOK from street (Poss cut from external view of door used in Journey 1?) V/O When you arrive at Brook Manchester, just come straight in through the front door - there’s no need to knock or wait. WIDE - RECEPTION desk, smiling receptionist / CUTAWAYS - Other reception staff carrying out duties, surface of desk (leaflets etc) V/O The first thing you’ll see is the Reception desk - this is where you need to go and sign in. C/U Sign re non-disclosure V/O Don’t worry if you don’t want to tell Reception why you’re here, you don’t have to unless you want to. MEDIUM - Receptionist RECEPTIONIST (to camera): I’m SARAH, and I work on Reception at Brook Manchester. When you arrive, the first thing we need to know is whether you’ve been here before - if you have, we’ll be able to go and find your previous notes.
  • 8. Example: visual storyboard
  • 9. 3.Contributors
    • Pick the best speaker for the job
    • Are they animated and enthusiastic?
    • Are they happy? Will people warm to them?
    • Wardrobe - uniforms / bright colours - NO STRIPES!
    • Release forms
  • 10. 4. Shooting
    • Decide what you’re going to film before you start
    • Think of multiple shots for each activity
    • Film each shot for at least 10 seconds
    • Film people DOING something
    • Film a sequence of events
    • Record 5-10 seconds of ‘wiggle room’ before and after the activity
  • 11. 5. Filming tips and tricks
    • Avoid moving the camera - movement will look shakier on screen
    • Avoid zooming - move closer to the action
    • Use a tripod where possible
    • Think about composition & background
    • Be aware of background noise
    • Soundbites
    • Cutaways
  • 12. 6. Framing your shots
    • LONG SHOT - subject fills the frame from head to foot (good for action)
    • MEDIUM SHOT - subject fills the frame from head to waist (good for interviews / talking)
    • CLOSE UP - subject’s face fills the frame (good for emotion, but used sparingly)
  • 13. long shot medium shot close up rule of thirds
  • 14. Emscher Reports ‘ Ov Gorton’ ‘ Murder at the Baths’ LIVIA Project Mapping
  • 15. 7. Putting it together
    • Think about the purpose of your film
    • Plan what you’ll film before setting out
    • Script if you need to
    • When your shoot is complete, log what you’ve filmed and choose the elements that best tell your story
    • Edit (on-board software / external software)
  • 16. 8. Getting the word out
    • Youtube / Vimeo
    • (distribution & playlists)
    • Use your blog, Facebook page and existing websites
  • 17. 9. Introducing the camera playback record/stop delete connect to computer
  • 18. Now it’s your turn... image borrowed from