Beginning video techniques


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Beginning video techniques

  1. 1. SHOOTING VIDEOThe good, the bad and the ugly
  2. 2. A lot to remember Establishing shots Close-ups ambienceClear audio lighting composition press play movementtransitions background headroom Shhh, be quietplan action B-roll Rule of thirds zoom angles Extra battery Ken Burns effect storyboard Voice over Camera shake Anticipate action Have a purpose framing
  3. 3. Planning• Storyboarding – Write/draw shots – Write rough script – List sequence of events – Nail down your focus
  4. 4. Preparation• Practice!• Know your camera• Bring a spare battery• Think ahead – anticipate action• Ask interviewees to look at you, not the camera• Set up your shots (composition and framing) – pay attention to background – Think about foreground, middle ground, background
  5. 5. Performance• Don’t waste tape• Hold your shots• Get everything you need – Think about your storyboard; think about intro, transitions, ending Review your video. If you’re not 100% satisfied, shoot it again. Now, for composition techniques …
  6. 6. “If only you could see me now” Celine Dion• What’s the purpose? – Allow enough illumination for camera to process image – Tell us what the images on screen look like, including depth – Set the mood
  7. 7. “I’m all shook up” Elvis Presley• Amateur camera shake• Intentional camera shake
  8. 8. “Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’” Blues Brothers• B-roll is secondary footage that you use to flesh together your video (often during an intro, transition or ending)
  9. 9. “Do you hear what I hear” Christmas carolRECORD CLEAR AUDIO: Don’t make any sounds you don’t want to be heard on video.
  10. 10. “More more more” Billy IdolOther techniques that apply to both photography and videography:• Avoid headspace/dead space• Shoot wide, medium and tight• Use the rule of thirds• Experiment with different angles/perspectives• Action is better than inaction
  11. 11. “You gotta let it go” Andy McCoy• As with photography, consider the path of moving subjects and generally leave space in front of them• With video, letting the subject leave the frame rather than following the subject usually works best, especially for transitions
  12. 12. “Too much of something is bad” Spice Girls• Pan and zoom sparingly, slowly and WITH A PURPOSE• If you want to zoom in, physically move the camera closer rather than using digital zoom
  13. 13. Remember…It’s all about your intentionsThis PowerPoint presentation can be reproduced as long as credit is given to Karen McIntyre