Video sequencing and editing

In this tuto­r­ial, the author tells us how 15 dif­fer­ent shots were edited into a sin­gle sequence. He goes through the shots, one-by-one, explain­ing each one’s pur­pose and what it does for the over­all story.

Some tips to take away from this video:

  • Sequences should have some sort of “opener” to get them going. In the case of this scene, the cam­era­man uses sta­tic shots of the flow­ers sold by the flower merchant.
  • Sequences should gen­er­ally start with a wide, “estab­lish­ing” shot to give view­ers a sense of the whole scene.
  • Use a vari­ety of medium and close-up shots through the sequence.
  • Close-up shots can be used as good tran­si­tional shots. (Think of these shots like the actor com­ing on stage to talk to and dis­tract the audi­ence while stage hands change the set behind her.)
  • Pans and zooms should have a pur­pose, a clear pur­pose. Don’t put them in because you can. Put them in because they help tell the story in some way.
  • Keep pans short, less than 20 seconds.
  • Each shot in the sequence should show the viewer some­thing new or dif­fer­ent that helps tell the story.
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