Creating a documentary or other non-fiction video content often requires hours of research, painstaking attention to detail, and ultimately a desire to find and expose some truth. Sources are double-checked and wording is chosen carefully in an effort to portray the content honestly while, perhaps, delivering a pointed message.
Years ago, I was on a team of shooters on a wedding reality series produced for a regional lifestyle network. We shot mostly documentary style, unstaged actuality. But we were made very aware by the network not to include any copyrighted visuals or sounds in the show.
Searching your favorite online or paperback dictionary, you might discover that the word isn’t listed, or the closest word is you can find is: Cinematograph. Which is defined by the Merriam-Webster online dictionary as: a motion-picture camera, projector, theater or show.
Lighting with reflectors is easy once you understand the basics. Put your subject in the frame, figure out where the light source is coming from and reflect some of that light back onto your subject. It really is that simple.
Mise-en-scene is the atmospheric collection of visuals that are used to create a frame. Everything from the choice of camera angles, to the blocking of the actors, to the placement of props on the set serves to help create this ephemeral feeling that makes your style uniquely yours.
The written word is still the primary vehicle of choice for mass communication. However, words are no longer bound to the printed page. Numerous forms of digital communication are dependent on typography. Video is no different. Image and sound are at the heart of video, but the explosive growth of motion graphics is still dependent on the centuries’ old art of typography.