BEFORE YOU COMPLETE THIS ASSIGNMENT, PLEASE REVIEW
This exercise has three objectives:
- Conduct a video interview with an interesting person
- Learn to shoot different shots (wide, medium, close-up etc …)
- Learn how to shoot B-roll
Create a 60-120 second video that tells a journalistic story. Consider its merits based on what you have learned about people, place, plot and purpose. You should be able to clearly answer this question: What is the point of this video?
You may create a standalone video or you may create one that is a component of your final multimedia package.
Consider the following approach:
- Go to the site where you are going to shoot and observe the scene and the activities that tell your story — without shooting. Spend about 30 minutes doing this.
- Imagine the story as a series of events or activities. What are they? Can you think of four or five of these events?
- Now shoot these events or activities as sequences (use the “Five Shot Method” for EACH sequence). One event may consist of SEVERAL sequences.
- Then — and only then — conduct the interview with your expert. Use the images in your head (from your shooting) to frame your questions.
- Don’t forget your b-roll.
- Use a tripod to shoot the interview if you have one.
- REMEMBER NOT TO MOVE THE CAMERA WHILE SHOOTING. If you want to change the camera angle or the shot, turn off the camera, move, refocus and begin shooting again.
- The interview should be brief, about 2 to 5 min.
- Make sure to capture nat SOT (natural sound on tape) on the scene. Don’t chatter while you are shooting — you will ruin your audio track.
Length of video: 60 – 120 sec.
Story: Must tell a coherent, journalistic story (hard news not necessary); must be interesting to watch and listen to.
Audio: Must have continuous audio, including at least one good interview, and NO ADDED MUSIC.
Titles and credits: Must have a title near the beginning AND credits at the end. Credits must include (1) YOUR first and last name; the words Oakland University; and (3) the month and year (you may include other words as well).
Also must include a caption of the interviewee’s name and position (if relevant).