Blocking and movement play a pivotal (literally, at times) role in the art of storytelling. Whether the camera does the moving or the on screen talent does, crafting a scene can be true art, and some are better than others at it.
When you commit to shooting your videos without zooming, you will become a far more active shooter, positioning and repositioning your camera for each shot, and you’ll find that your footage immediately looks much more interesting. So take your finger off that zoom control and lace up your sneakers. You might discover that less is more after all.
We often don't take the time to lay flat on the ground, or gaze up under tables, but there's a completely different world to be seen from low angle shots. Using low angles effectively in your story can be a challenge, but these tips for going low can help get your brain working toward even more creative uses. In no particular order, here are some ways to use your camera with very little clearance above a solid surface.
Ask any veteran editor about their number one obstacle and the answer is always time. Deadlines dictate the day and push creativity up against the wall. When it comes down to it, the difference between a good editor and a great one is speed. The one who has more time to better craft an edit is the one who uses more efficient video editing techniques. For the novice editor and intermediate editor with some experience, working faster and more efficiently is a constant quest. The truth is, with a little effort, a bit of knowledge and some time put in up front, you can learn to increase your edit speed.
You may have the latest eight-core-or-more computer sitting on your desk, with massive amounts of RAM and the fastest solid-state drives available, but if your graphics card isn’t up to snuff, your gaming or editing endeavors will eventually hit a snag and leave you hanging. Graphics cards used to be little more than devices for putting text and images on a screen where you could see them, and were given little consideration. Given their importance in today’s computing, however, they are definitely worth a closer look.
Video rental is one concept that I can firmly say is undergoing great change in my lifetime. I know I'll relate to many people that have shelves full of VHS movies, and engage some that have seen the progression of video on tape to where it is today. As for today's teens and children, a little perspective on where video rental has come from.