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“I’m from Poland. Sorry, for my English. I read your article about Arrival after seeing the movie. I was wondering about three-act structure of this movie. Could you tell me in which minute – in your opinion – are the act breaks for act I, II and III? I’m have a trouble to do this. For me:
I act ends at 41 min – after Louise return from the spaceship – “kangaroo” scene
II act = 92 min – after they get in contact with aliens
III act is about stopping China from attack on aliens
What do you think?
I bought your book last Saturday and have already read most of it! I have a question about creating a story for a book-signing that I shot on Saturday to promote my friend’s new book.
Using your story formula, I know my hero is the author. But what’s the story? Should the video tell the story of how she breaks into a new genre of writing? Or should it focus on the story of her book? I’m confused.
Can you help me get to step two with my video?
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How do I know if I’ve shot enough footage? I hate to waste money and time, but I’m nervous I won’t get what I need for the edit.
PS: Absolutely love your book! I’ve read it cover-to-cover twice now and starting my third time through.
Directors always shoot more than they think they need. Which means some of it will always be wasted. That’s how it’s supposed to work. It’s so normal that there’s even a name for this waste. It’s called the “shooting ratio” and it simply means the ratio between how much footage goes on screen, … Read the rest
Recently I picked up a multi-rotor drone to carry my HD camera.
I’m having fun flying my drone, but now my videos feel all the same: running along a straight line, go up and take a 360, fly really low almost touching the bushes. Pretty pictures, but not really good video.
Any ideas on how to script/arrange/film better videos for subjects as simple as “last weekend with friends”?
Basic drones are mostly good for scene setting and beauty shots. Think fireworks from inside the blasts; an establishing montage of New York City between segments on a TV show; or … Read the rest
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I shoot videos and landscapes when I travel overseas. Obviously, I cannot shoot to a script or have much of a plan, since this is an unplanned vacation.
How would I construct a story from random scenes in Berlin, Warsaw, Vienna, Budapest, etc? Usually I end up with a string of shots without any story. This is not what you recommend in your book.
My friend Wendy will be travelling with me, but how could I include her in the video? Shots of her looking at the Danube from Buda and from Pest don’t seem to have much interest. Shooting
Throughout your book you talk about cutting, trimming, deleting, editing until you’ve removed all of the bad, redundant, boring parts of your project.
What happens when you cut out all of the bad stuff and then you realize that you don’t have enough good material to complete the project? Are there strategies to make sure you shoot enough great material to edit?
It’s too late to fix my first project (a music video), but I’d sure like to make sure it doesn’t happen on my next one.
Knowing how much to shoot may be the second biggest issue a … Read the rest
I make educational videos for computer enthusiasts on YouTube, but I have to do everything myself. Lighting, sound, script, talent, editing, posting, video description, video thumbnail, marketing… Problem is, without a crew, shots have to stay static. I can use digital zoom, but it gets ‘blocky.’
I had a friend help me with this video (one static camera, one my friend is holding). What I can do to make a better video?
Nice video, Carey. I rushed right out to buy some old parts and built a cool gaming computer for my guest bathroom. Okay, I … Read the rest
I’ve never used a video camera, however my daughter will be getting married this October and I will be filming for the VERY first time. I’m scared stiff ! ! !
Can you please advise me on the best way to capture this special moment.? I would be so very grateful to you.
Wait, you’re shooting video at your daughter’s wedding?
First piece of advice: please re-consider.
Weddings are an emotional ride for any parent-of-the-bride, and whether you wind up blubbering like a 2-year old, dancing on tables or falling-down drunk, holding a video camera will … Read the rest