Editing is only the means of trimming and combining multiple elements to make a more coherent story. Elements might include video images, still photos, music, narration, titles, and special effects. Not every project includes those elements, plus some might include more. No matter what the big event and where it’s filmed, there should be a specific beginning, middle, and end in your video.
Before you can begin to edit, it’s important to have footage that produces the editing process as easy as possible. If you’re editing from elements you have already, you won’t have just as much treating the finished project, and you’ll make compromises depending on the sun and rain you might have. For instance. if you wanted to make a family video of birthday parties of the ten-year-old son, and you didn’t purchase your camcorder until 5yrs ago, you do not have birthdays one through five on video. But you could have still photos, and you may have access to your brother’s home video from the earlier parties.
If you’re lucky enough to be filming new footage just before editing any project, then this article will probably be of greater value to you. Keep in mind you might be telling an account with your video. In addition to the beginning, middle, and end, most stories convey 5 “W”s – Where, When, What, Who, and Why. The first scene you should get is but one that establishes the Where. We’ll stay with the birthday theme because of this lesson, as it’s something the majority of us have an understanding of.
Remember when shooting a video you already know you are going to edit later, it’s a wise idea to shoot about five seconds before the shot you may need, and permit the camera to roll approximately five seconds as soon as the shot ends. This gives you “handles” at the start and end of each and every shot it is possible to later trim to blend your shots more efficiently.
Begin the birthday video with a wide-angle shot on the outside in the home or restaurant. This will establish the “where”. A short stationary shot is ideal. If you feel you are able to not survive without having a pan or zoom, make it a single action, improvements are modest, that ends using the venue in plain, steady sight. Take up to what you’ll need now, but don’t use anything but one inch of your finished project. Remember that plenty of panning and zooming drives the audience crazy. Hold the camera steady and permit the action with the people to produce the motion.
When combining shots, assembling your project will flow more fluidly when you alternate wide-angle shots with close up shots, medium shots, etc. Sometimes it is possible to not avoid similar shots consecutively, but alternating them will hold the viewers’ attention better. Remember, it is all about creating an account people will need to watch. On this note, here’s another hint. Keep your shots under ten seconds each. Unless someone is standing up giving a delivery, nobody wants to view exactly the same thing for days on end. If you don’t believe this, take note of the number of camera shots you can find in a given TV show.
OK, now you might have your outside establishing shot. That is your beginning. For your middle shots, you could catch a number of close-ups and medium shots of guests arriving. Get several from different angles and different perspectives. Get several externally moving in, and some from inside the doorway. Then maybe a closeup from the birthday child looking let’s start on impatience. A closeup from the cake and several presents piled on the table make good shots at the same time. Now you might have your “who” and “what” and “why” and “when” shots. Didn’t think you possessed the “when” shot yet? Sure you did. The clothing about the guests arriving tells the growing season, in case you’re up north. Short sleeves mean summer, heavy coats mean winter. You get the idea.
As the party progresses, be familiar with sound also as visual. Most from the sound will likely be chattering guests. The conversation might be non-relevant in your video, so be prepared to cover the sound of these short shots with music later in post-production. But also be on the lookout for anyone’s sound bites that capture the essence of the day. Something like the older brother saying “My little brother always acts like he’s four. I can’t believe he made it to ten already”. Or aunt Sally saying. “I’m so proud of you. A concert pianist at age ten!” OK, somewhat ambitious on that one, but you have it, right?
The key to the big event is the blowing out of the candles around the cake. Try to position yourself to capture this shot from the point where you’ll be able to see the birthday boy’s face as well as the cake simultaneously. As he or she opens gifts, do not forget that this can be a part of the day that doesn’t numerous others will desire to watch again, so keep in mind you may be editing most of this out later. As people start to leave and say their goodbye’s capture several of these moments. If you are lucky, someone will say “See you next year once you’re eleven”. You just got your end shot.