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.