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The Timeline / Process for Making a Video

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  • The Timeline / Process for Making a Video

    Ok, so is this ok? Does it make sense, or am I completely off here?

    1. Get the concept sorted in your head of what you want to do
    2. Put up ads at colleges or institutes with video / tech / art / drama students who want some experience editing videos, you can use their software, and the drama students can star in the video
    3. Hold auditions for the actors in the video (for instance, I have a concept with a quite definite type of guy in my head...I would need to audition for this character)
    4. Find a location, get all people required there, and shoot the video
    5. Edit the video
    6. Post it on Youtube, or wherever else, give credit to all who were involved

    Is this enough? lol *clueless*
    All things must pass...

  • #2
    #4, "Shoot the video"

    You should have many tools to make this process work:
    1, a script
    2, a story board
    2, a shot list - here's an example for shooting a conversation between 2 people -

    Master/establishing shot, wide, reveals where conversation is taking place
    Medium 2 shot with both actors in frame
    over the shoulder shots from one actor to the other.

    Above is generally the minimum that will be shot for a drama and is often expanded to include ECU - extreme close up for reaction shots etc...

    also bear in mind the 180 degree rule from another thread.
    above is generally shot with one cameras moved to different positions with multiple takes.

    There are plenty of variations on the above and it's OK to sometimes break the rules, for instance a moving camera circling the conversation can be a very dramatic and effective technique. Or a moving camera leading 2 people walking and talking ( the West Wing made an art form out of this.

    To my mind, the shot list is the most essential thing because there is nothing worse than not having the footage you need when editing a video. With a shot list you can cross your shots off as you go. Without one you will inevitably forget to shoot things and have to find ways to work around that in post production.

    The story board and shot list also serve to organize the piece in the director's mind and break it down in to what will be needed in order to edit a cohesive video together.

    Even if I am covering an event I will have a shot list to make sure I get what I need.

    Coverage: this term refers to the amount of footage you shoot. If you can, shoot a ton more than you think you will need. Your videos will be much better for it.

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    • #3
      That's really good, thank you! I didn't even think of that...all the other stuff's taking up space in my brain I think.

      Something else I was wondering about is style of shooting / camera, etc. I'm from Australia and I find the style of shooting they use for TV shows and also many movies here is the same, whereas in America, the style is different, and it's more PROPER, like more a total movie feel, whereas here, it's not the same. I don't want that. I want the total American movie feel.
      All things must pass...

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      • #4
        You're probably referring to the speed at which "film" is shot, which for the cinematic look is 24p and 30p-60i for sitcoms.(although many use 24p as well, just depends on the situation)
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