Shot List: The Opera Spot (p. 77)

From  How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck, Page 77:

The easiest way to plan a video that’s more complicated than “point at party guests” is by using a shot list.

A shot list is exactly what it sounds like: a list of all the shots you might want in your video. I brainstorm shot lists for every project.  I bring them to the set and literally check off they things I want to shoot as they happen. When I get tired, or time runs out (and time always runs out), I go back to my shot list … Read the rest

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Set the Shot and Hold It: Beyonce (p. 111)

From How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck, Page 111:

If you watch professionally shot film, you’ll be surprised how often the camera stays still. Practice keeping the camera locked.  That way the action in the frame becomes the most important thing.

A static camera doesn’t mean a boring video.  Most of this recent Beyonce video consists of static camera shots of Beyoncé and two other women dancing. What camera moves there are are infrequent and deliberate– and lead to another static framing.  Most simply keep the women in frame as they dance. Yet the video, like the … Read the rest

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