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Lesson 8. Shooting and Assembling a Very... > Getting Shots with Relationships

Getting Shots with Relationships

Instead of shooting a series of interesting shots with your camcorder, think of every shot as having some kind of relationship to at least one other shot. If you shoot someone from far off, your next shot should be the same person from closer. If you shoot someone from the front, think about also shooting them from the back. If you show someone reading a book, show the audience what they are reading. Whatever you do, get a minimum of two shots that relate; you will use these when you go to edit.

Having relationships between shots highlights one of the most significant differences between video projects and still-image projects. With a still camera, you pick it up and shoot once in a while. You might shoot bits and pieces throughout an event. With video, you want to pick up the camcorder and shoot one scene, getting proper coverage from multiple angles, and then be done with it. You're not going to try to shoot many bits of lots of different scenes, but lots of shots of one scene.


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