I have a brain that likes things logical, nicely ordered and in line. You follow the rules, you get the result. I can’t get my head around the order of shots, stories and putting it all together. Once a week we go to the grandparents house …(Read the rest)
Watch any film or TV show and you’ll see a series of very short shots (read why here). I argue that most people should get out of the habit of running the camera non-stop when shooting. And every so often I get a letter …(Read the rest)
While I liked the direct approach of your book, I have questions about the rules. 1) You say: Don’t ever use digital zoom. But there are situations where you can’t walk closer to your subject. Filming wildlife, concerts, Being at the …(Read the rest)
I talk a lot about how keeping your shots short makes your video more intriguing. This video, from Walk Off the Earth is the exception that proves the rule. We can learn a lot by looking at why it works. Most …(Read the rest)
An example from How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck (p. 106) I tell people to shoot short shots because (a) our brains process information so fast that long shots are likely to be boring and (b) most people don’t know how to do …(Read the rest)
This is the first in a series of the 12 most useful video tips that I know. Notice I didn’t say “most important”– that’s up to you to decide. But if you try these tips, your video will get way better, …(Read the rest)
One of the best arguments for shooting short shots in your videos: If you run the camera non-stop, watching your video later will take the same amount of time as it did to shoot. You’ll need an extra lifetime just to …(Read the rest)
Cutting makes us pay attention. Each cut to a new shot forces our brains to figure out what we’re looking at and what it means. We’re more engaged in what we’re watching because we have to work to understand it. Short shots make us participants instead of passive viewers.