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Chapter 3. Shooting > Assignment 6: Watch Some TV

Assignment 6: Watch Some TV

Now that you are well versed in the lingua franca of video storytelling, let's watch some TV. (Oh, tell your parents I said it was okay.) I recommend an evening prime-time program, but not a sitcom, newscast, or music video. Turn down the sound because it will distract you from the images and may also suck you into the narrative. Now, see if you can identify all the shots we've discussed. You'll notice various shots in almost any program although they are often easiest to spot in a drama.

Do you see OS shots? Notice the inserts of hands, clocks, bombs—you name it—that break up the wider shots? Probably the coolest other thing to notice is really how few angles cover each scene. There may be many edits, but we keep returning to one of just a few setups: the shot of him, the shot of her, the shot of them both, and back to the shot of him.


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