Video assignment



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:

  1. 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.
  2. Imagine the story as a series of events or activities. What are they? Can you think of four or five of these events?
  3. Now shoot these events or activities as sequences (use the “Five Shot Method” for EACH sequence). One event may consist of SEVERAL sequences.
  4. Then — and only then — conduct the interview with your expert. Use the images in your head (from your shooting) to frame your questions.
  5. 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).