Multimedia Storytelling JOUR 203

Video Week 1: Intro to Video Journalism Shooting Basics

Discussion
Storm stories?

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Today’s Goal
Basics of framing interview shots to conduct ‘man-onthe-street’ interviews.

Homework
  Video Assignment #1 (50 points): Shoot 3 man-

on-the-street interviews on a topic of news value. Must be a social or policy issue where people have different opinions (such as: “Who are you voting for for president and why?”). No interview should be more than 1 minute (aim for that at least), but you’ll turn in the unedited interviews for grading. Upload them to the blog, all in one post. I’m looking for how well the shot was framed and lit, as well as whether the content is engaging. Name the post: Your Name Man on the Street

Deconstructing a News Video

Video for Print Journalists
  Small cameras can

make big news.

  Example:

Covering campaign trail for Newsweek

When to use video …

When to use video …
  Does the subject involve unusually visual or action-based

material?

When to use video …

When to use video …
  Does the subject involve unusually visual or action-based

material?

  Does the story evoke emotion or involve people talking

about emotional issues?

When to use video …

When to use video …
  Does the subject involve unusually visual or action-based

material?

  Does the story evoke emotion or involve people talking

about emotional issues? explain unless shown?

  Does the story involve subject matter that is difficult to

When to use video …

When to use video …
  Does the subject involve unusually visual or action-based

material?

  Does the story evoke emotion or involve people talking

about emotional issues? explain unless shown?

  Does the story involve subject matter that is difficult to   Would a juxtaposition of images make a stronger

statement than words?

When to use video …

Good Videos Have a Focus
  No need to tell an entire print story in a video.

Short is best!

Preparing for a Shoot
  Pre-report

Preparing for a Shoot
  Pre-report   The interview is not the time to think up questions

(plan story points)

Preparing for a Shoot

Preparing for a Shoot
  Adam Ellick: “i did a 3 hour print interview the first

time i met the main guy. that gave me the wide foundation to decide how to craft the vid narrative. then we met up when things happened to him- like the embassy funding scene. it also took several days without the camera with get permission to talk to the girls. we had to go through their grandfather, who was cool, but still lives according to local customs. so it was basically a part time project for a month. some weeks less than a hour. other weeks, 3-5 days.”

Preparing for a Shoot
  Bring extra batteries and make sure you have

room on your data card!

Interview Basics
  Don’t let the equipment get in the way

Interview Basics
  Don’t let the equipment get in the way   Don’t have the subject stare directly into the

camera

Shooting Basics
  Don’t have subject stare directly into the

camera.

  Leave headroom, but not too much.   Don’t zoom.

Shooting Basics
  Don’t have subject stare directly into the

camera.

  Leave headroom, but not too much.   Don’t zoom.   Avoid panning.

Shooting Basics
  Don’t have subject stare directly into the

camera.

  Leave headroom, but not too much.   Don’t zoom.   Avoid panning.   Use a tripod when possible.

Shooting Tips

Shooting Tips

Framing: ‘Look Space’

Framing Shots
  We want to see 2 eyes.

Framing Shots
  We want to see 2 eyes.

Shooting Tips
  Leave “headroom” … but not too much

Shooting Tips
  Leave “headroom” … but not too much   Think about the background

Need 2 Volunteers

Practice
In‐class group assignment: Man-on-the-street interviews
Work in groups of two, and conduct one man-onthe-street interview about the presidential election. Suggestion: Interview at least two people but only upload the best one to the blog. Title the blog post: Your Names In-Class Interview

Homework
  Video Assignment #1 (50 points): Shoot 3 man-

on-the-street interviews on a topic of news value. Must be a social or policy issue where people have different opinions (such as: “Who are you voting for for president and why?”). No interview should be more than 1 minute (aim for that at least), but you’ll turn in the unedited interviews for grading. Upload them to the blog, all in one post. I’m looking for how well the shot was framed and lit, as well as whether the content is engaging. Name the post: Your Name Man on the Street

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