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Shooting better video, Introduction to 5 shot method

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Pro's and enthusiasts alike can benefit from shooting 'sequences'.

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Shooting better video, Introduction to 5 shot method

  1. 1. Visual Storytelling: The five-shot method and beyond You don’t need to be a pro to use it!
  2. 2. Common video issues (for videos you want to share) Video too long (in love with the footage) You MUST edit videos either in camera or with some editing software to make it consumable Cuts too long Video not stable (all handheld) Trying to shoot in inadequate light Too far away from subject
  3. 3. It’s not just you… (so let’s back up a bit) Why is teaching and learning video hard?
  4. 4. Ten years of training journalists and students: video storytelling is the toughest thing to teach
  5. 5. Problems Uncle Ralph video (home movie) Bad framing Unusable pans/moves Not enough closeups No clear concept for each shot Bad audio makes the best footage shot with the best camera money can buy, look amateur
  6. 6. Why? Multitasking Complexity of technology Intrusiveness Slow/no feedback loop in shooting/editing
  7. 7. Story research/developme nt Shooting Editing/Recuttin g Low Face-to-face Instruction
  8. 8. Reading/writing closely linked Watching and creating video is not Usually more art than science Need more science
  9. 9. BBC 5 Shot method Pioneered by Michael Rosenblum, NYT Television, NY1, BBC, CurrentTV
  10. 10. Five Shot method Closeup on hands Closeup on face Wide shot Over the shoulder Unusual/side shot
  11. 11. 11 Venice Pier Gets its Fill
  12. 12. Five Shot basics Start with best shot Get audience to ask questions/be curious Hold the shot: no pans, zooms, moves
  13. 13. Why it works Sequence always cuts together Usable B-roll all the time Mystery draws viewers in
  14. 14. 15 Closeup on hands Closeup on face Wide shot Over the shoulder Unusual/side shot
  15. 15. Adam Westbrook “What’s the difference between amateurs and professionals? Pros shoot sequences.” http://adamwestbrook.wordpress.com/2011/10/24/10-common-video-storytelling-mistakes-and-how-to-avoid-them-adam-westbrook-online-video/
  16. 16. Why it’s useful Compels journalist/storyteller to get close Provides known game plan Frees up time for story decision making Web video demands closeups
  17. 17. Additional shots  Interview  Reveal shots  Establishing shot  Tracking shot
  18. 18. Extra Credit - Hero’s Journey
  19. 19. Tools for Evaluation People other than those in the video (or who helped work on it) will watch the entire video (outside audience appreciation) People will learn something or comment. If you watch your YouTube Analytics people make it through the majority of your video People share your video
  20. 20. Keep in mind… Not meant to be rigid formula Know when to break rules Under stress, fall back on basic training: closeups, faces, holding shots, line of action
  21. 21. REMEMBER! With GOOD SHOOTING TECHNIQUE you can create professional style video with iPhone, P&S camera
  22. 22. Future Possibilities Build the 5 shot method into device Hands Fac e OTSWide Unusual Closeup on face WHO is doing it? • Frame with rule of thirds • Give “talk space” in front of eyes/nose. • Can cut off top of head, but not the chin. • SHOW TWO EYES! FRAMING EYES NOSEROOM e- workbo ok REC Analyze Module: BBC 5 Shot
  23. 23. Materials Field checklists http://andrewlih.com/blog

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