On Saturday, November 8, 2014 I conducted a workshop at the Boston International Kids Film Festival at Tufts University, this is the follow-up I promised to post immediately after the workshop.
I put together a handout (PDF) for participants with a listing of software, gear, and resources for further study.
Here are some notes from the workshop:
The example video shown in the workshop (shot with an iPhone) was Coffee Branch iPhone Documentary (Stephen de Villiers, 2012, 3:00) .
What did you like about the video shown as an example? 1. Variety of shots, angles, and great composition, 2. close, intimate shots, 3. rhythm and pacing of the editing, 4. music, 5. short, focus on one person, one place, one idea. This is the key to effective short works.
What does the viewer see? What do they hear? What do they feel? This is what we think about as directors and editors.
Continuity editing: 1. The 180 degree rule, 2. Continuity between shots, 3. Cutting on action, 4. Screen direction, 5. the 30 degree rule, 6. eyeline and gaze vector match. With cinema meaning is created through the juxtaposition of shots (“montage”).
Composition: 1. get in close to your subject, 2. think of the meaning of everything in the frame, foreground and background, 3. rule of thirds.
To become an effective storyteller involves four Ls: Leadership, Listening, Learning, and Literacy. Literacy means being both a “reader” and a “writer” of moving images. I will expand on the four Ls in a future post.