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Turning Home Video into Pro Video > Turning Home Video into Pro Video - Pg. 57

As an iMovie-maker, you, unlike millions of other camcorder owners, no longer need to be concerned with the sequence or length of the shots you capture, since you can rearrange or trim your footage all you want in iMovie. Your main concern when flming is to get the raw footage you'll need: you can't touch the composition of a shot once you're in iMovie. Video Composition: A Crash Course Kinds of Shots You'll hear flm professionals talk about three kinds of camera shots: wide, medium, and close (see Figure 2-8): · When you're zoomed out all the way, so that the camera captures as wide a picture as possible, you're using a wide shot. Wide shots establish context. They show the audience where we are and what's going on. Wide shots make great establishing shots, but they can also reveal a lot about the scale and scope of the action even after the scene has begun. (There's a famous crane shot in Gone With the Wind that starts on a medium shot of Scarlett O'Hara and then moves up and wide as she walks through a compound flled with hundreds of dying confederate soldiers to reveal a tattered Confederate fag. Thanks to the wide shot, you can see the people she's passing completely, from head to foot. · Medium shots are useful because they eliminate many distractions from the background. By zooming in part way, you let your viewers concentrate more on individuals, and you establish a relationship between objects in the frame. People Figure 2-8: A wide shot captures the camcorder's biggest possible picture (top). It gives viewers a sense of place and direction. A medium shot (middle) begins to direct the audience's attention, but still captures some of the surroundings. And a closeup (bottom) is delightful for all concerned, especially if you plan to export your fnished iMovie production as a QuickTime movie. chapter2:turninghomevideointoprovideo 57