Howdy.Chapman had great



Chapman had great advice in keeping the time down on videos.

Something to keep in mind is that most viewers judge a video based off their experiences in seeing video, e.g. on television and in the theartres. That means that to keep their attention you either need a phenominal plot that’s constantly moving and telling a story for 90 minutes, or that you really need to pack it all into a 20-30 minute video. For home videos, I would definitely aim for the second option there. Keep it short to maintain attention spans.

Also, remember that video isn’t meant to simply document a chronological series of events. A video is meant to tell a story. That means that sometimes your video segments don’t have to all be in the order they were even filmed in, so long as it tells a story that people will remember and enjoy watching.

Let’s look at an example: your child is an exceptional soccer player, and you filmed a recent game where your son kicked the winning goal. The game was a tough game, which is obvious by the score being so close at the end. Through most of the game it was a goal for one side, a goal for the other side, etc, etc…

What makes the video more interesting though, is to emphasize how tough the other team was. The way to do this is to mix up the chronological order, and put more of the opponents’ scoring points at the front. Even though chronologically, the game stayed pretty balanced point-wise, the truth of the story is that this team was tough. So to express that toughness, you string those losing clips together at the beginning. Then, because it’s your video, and your son is the hero, you make a pivoting point in the video, when your son really gets down to business. Now we turn the tables, and play more and more of your teams’ winning shots.

For more dramatic flavor, at the end, you can show the opponents kick a goal, and then show that the score is tied. Finally, end the game with a clip of your son kicking the final shot, and your team winning.

Because you’re keeping it short, you’re taking out a lot of the game. Just edit out all but the important stuff, and it will be a lot better.

Because the video is short, builds drama and suspense, and has the positive outcome, it will keep the viewer’s intrest.

Other than that, the only other advice I can give you is to watch your audio as best you can, and avoid too many fancy transitions or effects. Cutting to the next clip is a lot less distracting than fades, spirals, and all that other stuff, and it’s better for you too. Less calories and all that πŸ˜‰

As far as wild stories from weddings, I suppose I have a few, but they all just sort of blur together anymore. It seems like every wedding has at least one thing happen that’s just unique.

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