First let’s review…
1. Video is about ACTION.
2. Some basic shooting tips.
3. Good video is 51 percent audio.
4. 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.
5. 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.
Now…let’s look at some student projects from the past
For each, look for:
-What works? What does it do well?
-What could be improved?
-How does this work as a video story?