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Videography is a lot like still photography. Think about lighting, composition, movement, flow etc. Use a tripod and set up a shot. Or at least hold it at waist level cradling it steadily in your hands or against yourself. This is what Laura and I did for most of the shots.


In the video did a lot of medium or overall shots, so that Matt would recognize the places. Laura used zoom for some more detail rather than cutting to another scene up close. Both can be use, but cutting looks a little better.

Zoom / Panning

Sometimes zoom can be useful although it is not used very much. Panning, side-to-side movement, should be extremely slow so as not to give the viewer motion sickness.

Three kinds of shots

Overall - a broad picture of everything
Medium - a little closer to the action but not exactly in their face
Detail - a great shot that shows interesting facts or features about the subject, maybe their hands, shoes or screaming face. Vary these shots to make a video interesting. Plan out which clips should be which before hand to save time.

Be fluid

Let movement flow in and out of the scene.

Most Hollywood action-packed scenes stop the movement and cut to the next scene without a car or something going in and out of the scene. This gives the illusion of more action, quicker, faster scenes.

At artsy film festivals it is the opposite, scenes aren’t clipped and quicker, it allows movement, therefore letting the meaning or thought processes to sink in.

So how do you want your movie to be done?

Rule of Thirds

This is only a guideline in the design world.

If you dive a paper horizontally three times and then verticall twice, it should be divided into thirds. On the cross-sections should be the subject to make for a more interesting composition rather than dead center.

This is true, but can be broken. It also holds up with fluid movement. When someone enters and leaves the scene it can be from a third-point or an interesting angle.


Noon light is harsh and the open shade is better, but may need some filler-light. You can purchase spotlights online, or be creative and use something to direct light onto the subject as needed. Check out the tips page for ideas

Make sure the subject is not in the shade while the camera is in the sun or vice versa. In the editing phase you can always adjust the colors or lighting. But, be aware of the surroundings!

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