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Chapter 7: Shooting Tips > 10 Key Movie Shooting Tips

10 Key Movie Shooting Tips

1. Remember to think shots, not shot. You will be compiling multiple shots as you edit your video. This is quite a bit different from the single shot photographers work for in still photography. (See Figure 7.1.)

2. Variety rules. In still photography, you might work a single subject to get the most from it, only changing small details as you refine your composition. With video, you need big changes among your shots, because shots that don’t vary much from scene to scene are hard to edit into an interesting series of sequences. Look for everything from close-ups to distant shots.

Figure 7.1 A video movie is made up of multiple shots or clips.

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3. Honor the 10-second rule. If you create a slide show from still images, you can leave a slide on the screen as long as you want. With video, you are limited to the length of the clip. If you don’t have enough video in a clip, you will find it can be hard to edit because the “sweet spot” of a clip could be too short. Always shoot a minimum of 10 seconds of video.


  

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