Monday, May 21, 2012

My LAT Book Wall Revised Video

I thought about what worked and what did not in the rough edit version based on the 5-shot method. The general idea of adapting it to an edit decision list I worked really well for me.

I didn't have that sinking helpless feeling. This is the revised video:

In Service of the Story, Not the Tools

I could quickly pick out those clips that matched the requirements of items to focus on in a news like or event video. I felt  the video needed a focus point. I selected a clip I recorded of the Book Wall where folks wrote the name of there favorite books.

I used that clip as the foundation or establishing shot. I didn't have a close up of a hand so I went with someone using her had to write on the wall.  Everything else fell into place once I had a feeling the narrative embedded in the video.

It ain't perfect. If I had recorded video in mind with the method it might have been a bit stronger but hey, you do what you can where you can.

I don't want to be a master of a technique and botch the narrative. I don't think that is the point. Having a structured approach to making sure you get the story ain't a bad idea. Better to have and not need than to need and not have.

What Did I Use?
  • Camcorder - Kodak Zx10
  • Video Editing Software - Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD 11
  • On its last legs HP Pavilion Dual Core Desktop Computer

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