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Teaching Visual Storytelling: The Five Shot Method and beyond

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Teaching Visual Storytelling: The Five Shot Method and beyond

  1. 1. Teaching
Visual
Storytelling:
The
 five‐shot
method
and
beyond October
28,
2011 Andrew
LihJournalism
Interactive http://andrewlih.com Teach‐a‐Thon Twitter:
Fuzheado

 Email:alih@usc.edu Associate
professor University
of
Southern
California Annenberg
School
for
Communication
and
Journalism
  2. 2. Why
is
teaching
and
learning
 video
so
hard?
  3. 3. Ten
years
of
training
journalists
and
students:
video
storytelling
 is
the
toughest
thing
to
teach
  4. 4. Problems Uncle
Murray
video Bad
framing Unusable
pans/moves Not
enough
closeupsNo
clear
concept
for
each
shot (Bad
audio
too)
  5. 5. Why? MultitaskingComplexity
of
technology Intrusiveness Slow
feedback
loop
in shooting/editing
  6. 6. Low
Face‐to‐face
 InstructionStory
research/ Shooting Editing/ development Recutting
  7. 7. Reading/writing
closely
linkedWatching
and
creating
video
is
not Usually
more
art
than
science Need
more
science
  8. 8. BBC
5
Shot
method Pioneered
by
Michael
Rosenblum,
NYT
Television,
NY1,
 BBC,
CurrentTV
  9. 9. Five
Shot
methodCloseup
on
hands Closeup
on
face Wide
shotOver
the
shoulderUnusual/side
shot
  10. 10. Venice
Pier
Gets
its
Fill 10
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  12. 12. Five
Shot
basics Start
with
best
shotGet
audience
to
ask
questionsHold
the
shot:
no
pans,
zooms,
 moves
  13. 13. Why
it
worksSequence
always
cuts
together Usable
B‐roll
all
the
time Mystery
draws
viewers
in
  14. 14. Closeup
on
hands! Closeup
on
face ! Wide
shot ! Over
the
shoulder! Unusual/side
shot! 14
  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
to
get
close Provides
known
game
planFrees
up
time
for
story
decision
making Web
video
demands
closeups
  17. 17. Additional
shots Interview Reveal
shotsEstablishing
shot Tracking
shot
  18. 18. Evaluation USC
masters
and
undergrad
 multimedia
classes Use
any/all
cameras Students
gain
good
habits
faster Usable
editable
footageCompatible
with
day‐of‐air
video?
  19. 19. EvaluationNot
meant
to
be
rigid
formula Know
when
to
break
rulesUnder
stress,
fall
back
on
basic
 training:closeups,
faces,
holding
shots,
 line
of
action
  20. 20. EvaluationCan
create
professional
style
video with
iPhone,
P&S
camera
  21. 21. Future
PossibilitiesBuild
the
5
shot
method
into
device e-workbook Module: BBC 5 Shot 2 Closeup on REC 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! Analyze FRAMING EYES NOSEROOM 1 2 3 4 5 Hands Face Wide OTS Unusual
  22. 22. MaterialsField
checklistshttp://andrewlih.com/blog
  23. 23. Teaching
Visual
Storytelling:
The
 five‐shot
method
and
beyond October
28,
2011 Andrew
LihJournalism
Interactive http://andrewlih.com Teach‐a‐Thon Twitter:
Fuzheado

 Email:alih@usc.edu Associate
professor University
of
Southern
California Annenberg
School
for
Communication
and
Journalism

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