1. It’s about ACTION.
2. Some review from Online Journalism 1: How web video and TV video are different.
3. Watch an online video story presented four different ways:
4. Some basic shooting tips.
5. Good video is 51 percent audio.
6. Tips for video interviews
- Avoid yes/no questions
- “Describe for me.”
- Try to evoke feeling and emotions
- The subject should not look into the camera, unless they are talking to the viewers directly, or to another person remotely.
- Use rule of thirds. Split the frame up into thirds (tic-tac-toe style). Main subjects/elements should be in the thirds.
- Head and nose room.
- Have sun or main light coming over your shoulder.
- Get microphone close or use a lave mic.
- Be silent while they talk.
7. Tips for shooting b-roll
- Variety of shots and angles (wide, medium, close-up).
- Steady shots. Use tripod if available.
- Hold shots for 10-15 seconds.
- Avoid pans or zooms.
- Let action move across frame rather than moving with it.
- Have an opening and closing shot.
- Use clean editing and transitions.
8. Break it down sound bite by sound bite and shot by shot.
The video consists of:
23 shots (close, medium, and wide)
4 sound bites from 4 different people
- Sound bite 1 – 51 sec
- Sound bite 2 – 19 sec
- Sound bite 3 – 25 sec
- Sound bite 4 – 20 sec