- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; 1 edition (June 2, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0761163239
- ISBN-13: 978-0761163237
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Here are my take-aways to Plan-Move-Point-Shoot-Stop-Edit:
- Make sure that every video, scene, and shot has a clear intent of how you want the audience to react and be explicit
- Select a point-of-view (the "side"/opinion of a specific individual)
- Either script or build a checklist of an anticipated key shots
- Keep the light behind you; make sure the lighting matches the story
- Match location, background, and foreground to the story
- Make moves in large increments
- Focus on people's eyes to capture emotion
- Do not move the camera or use digital zoom before or during the shot
- Keep the focus of your image out of the middle square of a 3x3 grid
- Use an external mic (lavaliere or boom)
- Make every shot an action with a clear hero and a beginning, middle, and end.
- Make each scene answer questions from the prior scene and raise new ones
- If using two cameras, manually synch their AWB (automatic white balance)
- Keep shots under 10 seconds (if traveling, shoot two 10-sec shots per hour)
- Keep videos as short as possible; if doing a how-to, consider breaking into a series
- Edit out everything that does not need to be there
- Limit the use of graphics/text/titles; if used, make text/titles simple (ex: Helvetica) and effect-free
- Consider using a call-back to link the final shot to the initial shot
- Music & Sound: Test music that is on-story, counter-story; and unrelated and see what works; Add natural sound effects
- Rely almost completely on cuts with a rare wipe (to convey movement) and even rarer dissolve (to shift to a somber mood)
- Seek feedback and address all common concerns and think about unique ideas/concerns
[UPDATE: I updated this review from 2 stars to 5 stars on Jan 14, 2013. Though the book has a high degree of redundancy, it has truly transformed the way that I approach video.]
I have since produced two movies of family events using the tools learned from this book and have found them to be much more enjoyable to watch. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in movies and movie editing.
I've made a lot of good videos. Much of this book I already knew, for example, how to use external microphones to get good sound. But a new project had me stumped. I read the book and recognized several problems with my project, and how to solve them. Video-making literacy, on the one hand, isn't something you can learn from watching videos. There's too much stuff happening in a video -- lighting, editing, acting, etc. On the other hand, video-making is a learnable skill. And video-making follows the 80/20 rule: You can get 80% of the results that the pros get, knowing 20% of what they know. This book teaches you exactly that.
Shooting short clips makes editing so much easier and the end result is entertaining, not boring to watch. Frees up time to add sound effects and music when you have a lot less video to muddle through.
I now watch movies differently and notice the cuts, camera positioning/movement/non-movement to see what does and does not work. Really enlightening for someone who has never studied film in an educational setting.
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Some of the 'seasoned' pros should read it as well. Maybe they could make better movies.