I bought your book, How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck and this morning I shot my first video – a documentary of a local pancake breakfast. The finished product was 1:46 and includes 17 cuts. If I hadn’t read your book it would probably be a lot longer and much more boring!
One question I have is sound. I was concerned that the sound from the individual clips would be discontinuous…but I overlayed some music that came with Corel Video Studio and magically it all seemed to work out really well. I don’t know if I just
Great video transcends equipment. You can shoot an awesome film on your cell phone, or a terrible video on a Panavision digital rig with a crew of 200.
Case in point: This video, shot on a Nokia N8 Mobile phone. It surely wasn’t edited on a mobile phone, but that doesn’t obscure the big idea: great video comes from the brain, not the machine in your hand.
This video has a terrific sense of style, a clear organizing idea, and great music holding it together. A complete tale in under 2 minutes. Watch:
Thanks, Gretchen, for the tip!… Read the rest
I used to work in TV news, so I use techiques learned there, like your 10 second rule, etc. However, in taking video of my son (just finished kindergarten), I find it hard to figure out when to turn the camera on and off for the 10 seconds due to the unpredictable nature of what he (or others around him) may do. I may miss the best stuff! Any tips on how to minimize footage and reviewing time while maximizing good stuff?
–Kirsten in Tallahasee
Knowing when to turn the video camera off is tough– especially when you’re the parent … Read the rest