Capturing the excitement of the roll out: the mind map and the shotlist.

I am going to play producer and director for a few minutes. To capture the necessary footage to tell a story of fun and excitement, we need to get a variety of shots (aka coverage) that help us tell what is happening, where is it happening, why is it happening, and how are people feeling during this event. Believe it or not, there’s a grammar to help tell the story.

  • Wide shots tell the story of location and context. It answers where is it happening
  • Medium shots tell the story of action. It answers what is happening.
  • Close up (or tight) shots tell the story of detail and emotions. It answers how are people feeling and what exactly am I looking at. This shot seems to be the hardest to get for many videographers because it involves getting close, real close.

So, with that said, let’s jump into what I need from you directors and technicians for the roll out. I have included a mind map of the shot needed. If you read through it, it will begin to make sense. The key here is to show excitement. Why? Because this event is for the people who will benefit most from the devices– the kids. Here’s an example of a shot list in context.  This is given to the documenting team to collect the needed footage.  Also, there is a common language that is created to help know what is needed and what is being collected.  Believe me, the editor will thank you for this later, too!IMG_0080-1.JPG [ open up this mind map so you can see the detailed information ]

On the left is the deliverable– the end product, after editing. On the right, are the shots needed and below that are some quick questions I need to help you all piece together the video.

This consistency allows me to help edit one big video that celebrates all of the schools celebrations. Again, agreeing on the language helps me find what I need to make one nice, clean, consistent video.

During the importing, logging process, pre editing process (using Final Cut Pro or iMovie), you can help me by identifying the shots:

1. The type of shot.

  • W = Wide shots.
  • M = Medium shots.
  • C = Close up shots.

2. The content.

  • Location.
  • Action.
  • Detail/ emotion.

3. The Specifics.

  • Where exactly.
  • What exactly.
  • Who exactly.

This is an ideal “logging” process. We can share the notes between us to compare and learn from each other.

Ok. I’m done playing producer for now. Good luck!!!!!


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