When your video calls for an array of helicopters and soldiers protecting the world from body-morphing invading aliens, how do you explain to your crew what your shots need? By drawing up the plans using pre-vis software.
When you prepare for a lifestyle video shoot of a rugged trail hiker and your model shows up in an evening gown you clearly didn't communicate clearly. Telling talent what lifestyle clothes to wear is simple, of course, but the selection, patterns, colors and accessories aren't as easy to define.
You are a video producer, right? So why should you concern yourself with how to write a screenplay? Because a time may come when you have to get your ideas from paper to video, and you need to explain to a financial backer, crew and cast how your idea plays out.
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Interactive video is closer than it may appear. Interactive video depends on breaking the fourth wall. Inherently some viewers will be turned off because they like to just sit back and be presented a story. So before we go deeper, which kind of viewer are you?
Here’s the scenario: You recently replied to an audio gig posted on craigslist. It’s set to shoot next Tuesday and the producers just hired you. In your email information packet, they list three locations and the addresses. One is indoors, one is an urban downtown setting and the last is on a wooded walking trail just outside of town. A quick look at Google Maps verifies the locations and now you’re wondering what challenges each will bring, and how to deliver the very best quality audio. You need to do a location scout, only this time it’s for audio.
Movies terms define an action, a shot type, a character or a piece of gear, and all of these are meant to help the plot move along, or help the crew know which device to use next, or to help someone like a camera operator prepare for the next shot or scene. One unusual term is "McGuffin". The plot of many movies will maneuver around the McGuffin - so what IS it exactly, and why would video producers want a McGuffin appearing in their movie?