Before we start on today’s stuff, let’s take some time to assess where you are with the following:
- How are you going with your interview (MoJo story 2)? Are you on track?
- Let’s review last week’s assessment task for the vertical video story (MoJo story 3).
- Now let’s work on your vertical video story idea (i.e. your script, shot list, and storyboard).
- There are apps for everything, so do some research to see if you can find any that will help with storyboarding or shot lists. Because we love you, we’ll give you one as a tip: Shot Lister. Free on iOS … but not free on Android, soz (annoying, and platformist!) If you find apps that are helpful, please share! 💜
- Once your script, shot list, and storyboard are looking ok, take the stills you need (please see Simple Video Stories Part 1 for full details).
TODAY: Simple video stories part 2
Video stories (even simple ones) rely on a sequence of strong shots to effectively convey what’s happening.
A shot sequence is a series of shots that together tell the story of an action or event unfolding.
The video you’re making is in effect a shot sequence. In this Poynter article, the writer recommends being really specific: instead of “making a cup of tea”, think “filling the kettle with water”; “opening the cupboard to get a mug”; etc.
They also recommend a variety of shots to keep the action engaging, including:
- a diverse mix of angles
- varying distances from your subject
- different compositions
- favour the close-up (detail makes a video story interesting!)
The 180 Degree Rule
- Something to rest your phone on – camera movement is distracting in video unless it’s intentional
- You won’t need mics – we’ll overlay music, narration, atmos, or SFX later
- Look again at your shot list and storyboard, and then your stills. Do you have a variety of camera angles? Do you vary wide, or establishing shots, with close-ups?
- Make a rough floor plan of your shoot from above. Make sure you understand how the 180 degree rule applies to your planned production
- If you’re planning to use hand-held movement in your video (panning, tilting, reveals) practise first. Slow movement is better than fast, unless you’re creating what’s known as a ‘whip transition‘
- Shoot your story starting with the first shot in your shot list. If you’re feeling creative, try different distances from your subject, compositions, and angles with each one, but don’t go crazy or you will make your editing job more difficult
- Regarding shot duration, it’s better for shots to be too long. You can cut a shot that’s too long, but you can’t add video you don’t have
- File your shots carefully, using a file and folder structure that matches your shot list. Being organised will make editing a million times easier. Hannah’s would look something like this:
- For next week, create a title slide and an end slide (credits) for your video, using a Canva Instagram story template. Some tips for using text in videos:
- keep text minimal and make it readable – simple fonts used in high contrast ways (i.e. white on black or black on white) work best and are easiest to read on a mobile
- don’t place text or other design elements too close to the edge of the frame – different phones come in different shapes and sizes – you don’t want your stuff to disappear off the edge of someone’s smaller screen