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Storytelling the Stillmotion Way: Part 4

Riley Hooper
April 25, 2013 by Riley Hooper PRO
Hello beautiful pupils! We’ve made it to the final stretch of our series on storytelling with [Stillmotion]( In this segment, we’re challenging YOU to tell a story on video using the principles you’ve learned in parts [one](, [two](, and [three]( of this series. We’re offering some awesome prizes for the winners and runners up of this challenge (scroll to the bottom to take a peek, but hurry back!) so pay close attention! Now before you pick up that camera, the knowledgeable and generous folks at Stillmotion are going to walk you through this process one last time as they create their own sample video: [clip: 64673177] Your challenge, should you choose to accept, is to **use the 4 P’s to tell the story of somebody who is doing what they love**. ![]( Once you’ve chosen your topic, it’s time to delve into the discovery process, which we covered in part [two]( -A member of the Stillmotion team went over to Coava, the coffee shop they chose to make their video on. He got a sense of the setting, and talked to as many people as possible about their jobs and coffee. -The team also scoured the internet for articles, blogs, and reviews on Coava. -Through this research, the team came up with these 5 Keywords: **Relationships, Collective, Passion, Craft**, and **Precision** With these keywords, which represent the **Purpose** of the film, it’s time to start establishing the other three P’s: ![]( Guided by the keywords **Relationship** and **Collective**, the team chose to showcase a variety of faces at Coava, as opposed to showing just one perspective. ![]( -The keywords **Craft**, **Precision**, and **Journey** helped the team decide to tell the story of a bean — from roasting all the way to being poured. -Although not an explicit conflict, they chose to center their story around peoples’ perception of coffee, and to tell the story that coffee is much more than you think. ![]( -The team decided to shoot the video at the corner of the coffee bar where drip coffee is made because it fit all five keywords. -Not only was it relevant, the counter was also comfortable for the subjects, and production friendly with lots of great natural light. ![]( Next the team made a storyboard and shotlist. They used their keywords to develop a visual style and cut scenes and shots that didn’t fit the story they were trying to tell. They then used these materials to create a call sheet. ![]( Once again, the keywords, especially **Precision** and **Craft**, were at the forefront of the Stillmotion team’s mind when they selected gear: -Movement: [Tripod]( and slider for their precision -Camera: [Red Epic]( for slow motion to get inside the process -Lighting: [Profoto HMI]( and [Westcott Icelight]( for speed of use and comfort of patrons. -Lenses: Canon 50mm [Cinema Prime]( so viewer feels like they are in the scene and Canon 190mm [Macro]( to get inside the process. ![]( When it came to shoot day, the team stayed present, kept it simple, varied their shots and coverage, and wasn’t shy about putting themselves in the right place to tell the story. Here is their video: [clip: 64669074] ![]( it's your turn! To help consolidate this information and streamline the process, Stillmotion created some [super handy worksheets]( to guide your production! [![](]( And that's it! I think you're ready to accept the... ![]( **Here are the rules for the challenge:** + Use what you've learned in the Storytelling the Stillmotion Way series to tell the story of somebody who is doing what they love. + Your video should be one to two minutes in length. + If you add music, use a song you've created or something from the [Vimeo Music Store](, or [With Etiquette]( + Add your video to the [Storytelling the Stillmotion Way Challenge Group](Storytelling the Stillmotion Way Challenge): [![](](Storytelling the Stillmotion Way Challenge) Make sure you upload and post your video to the [Group](Storytelling the Stillmotion Way Challenge) by Monday, May 6th at 11:59 PM (EST). Remember that only videos made specifically for this Challenge will be considered. All videos must be approved by the Vimeo Staff before appearing in the Group, so **don't worry** if your video doesn't show up at first; we'll get to it! **And here are the prizes:** + The top 10 finalists will receive a $99 music license from our friends at [With Etiquette]( + Third place will receive a [Simplis Quick-Release Plate](, plus two [Universal Accessory Mounts]( from Cinevate, and a free [Vimeo Plus]( account for one year! + Second place will receive an [Atlas FLT Camera Slider]( from Cinevate, and a free [Vimeo Plus]( account for one year! + First place will receive an [Atlas FLT Camera Slider with Moco]( from Cinevate, and a free [Vimeo PRO]( account for one year! Now it's time to tell your own story! We can't wait to see what you come up with! *****UPDATE***** Our **grand prize winner** is [wvmmotionworks]( for their lovely entry, [footprints [a farm story]](Storytelling the Stillmotion Way Challenge). They will receive an [Atlas FLT Camera Slider with Moco]( from Cinevate, and a free [Vimeo PRO]( account for one year! [clip: 65521882] **Second place** goes to [Thibault Grégoire]( for the delicious [26 Club Sandwich](Storytelling the Stillmotion Way Challenge). Thibault is the lucky recipient of an [Atlas FLT Camera Slider]( from Cinevate, and a free [Vimeo Plus]( account for one year! And in **third place** is [Nicolas Levasseur]( for the artfully crafted [Levasseur Woodworking](Storytelling the Stillmotion Way Challenge). Nicolas will receive a [Simplis Quick-Release Plate](, plus two [Universal Accessory Mounts]( from Cinevate, and a free [Vimeo Plus]( account for one year! In addition, we'd like to congratulate the following 7 videos, which, in addition to the three winners, comprise our **top 10 finalists**. Each finalist is awarded a $99 music license from our friends at [With Etiquette]( [Tharg](Storytelling the Stillmotion Way Challenge) [connect.ability](Storytelling the Stillmotion Way Challenge) [An Artist's Heart](Storytelling the Stillmotion Way Challenge) [CHAR](Storytelling the Stillmotion Way Challenge)  [Ninpo Taijutsu I Sensei Orlando Mancina](Storytelling the Stillmotion Way Challenge) [The love of engineering](Storytelling the Stillmotion Way Challenge) [THe Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps](Storytelling the Stillmotion Way Challenge)
  1. 1.
    Use the power of storytelling to win terrific prizes in our latest Challenge!
  2. 2.
    Learn about the art of storytelling from the folks at Stillmotion, starting with the four P's of storytelling: People, Place, Plot, and Purpose.
  3. 3.
    Learn how to use research to develop keywords to guide the pre-production process in part two of our storytelling workshop series with Stillmotion.
  4. 4.
    Walk through the last steps in pre-production by creating a storyboard and call sheet and choosing gear, and finally learn some tips for the shoot day in part three of our storytelling series with Sti
  5. In the last installment of our series on storytelling with Stillmotion we challenge you to apply what you've learned to tell a story of somebody doing what they love.



Lesson Learned. Boom!

Zach Ashcraft

excellent - I have the perfect subject! Can't wait

TJ Garrett

AWESOME SERIES!! Have really learned alot from it! One suggestion tho.... :) It would be SUPER AWESOME if you allowed us to put our own branding on the downloadable sheets!!!!!

Cinevate PRO

That Atlas 30 slider in part 4 may very well be the most used slider on the planet :-) Maybe the most travelled too. Beaches, submerged in swimming pools, salt water and something like 4 years of Stillmotion hard use.... I just wish we could compress that testing process and replicate it in our R&D lab!



Homework isn't boring anymore! ; )


Must be in english or is fine if we simply add subs?

jc Kobeh

Does anyone know if they shot at a 16:9 ratio?
My cameras don't let me choose anything but 16:9 or 4:3, so I have to think of where my composition is while shooting ti render properly in 2.40:1 or any other.
I want to know if there are pros out there who do this?


If you're shooting DSLR, Magic Lantern has overlays to help frame widescreen shots. Otherwise, using strips of tape on your LCD might be the best option for masking your composition for a widescreen aspect ratio.

peyton skelton PRO

JC if you want to do 2.40, you can always try to frame your shots that way in 4:3 (make 2.40 marks on your viewfinder) then crop to that in post. Actually instead of cropping i usually add black bars top and bottom to achieve the "crop"

Tortoise Films

So inspiring! Buzzing with ideas. Just a quick one, did you mostly guide the voice over script or was it a case of working from ideas and sound bites the contributors presented you with? Thanks!

Brett Faucett Plus

This was a fantastic series and so helpful. I had one request to do some training on how to do the audio portion of a video. Audio seems incredibly important and is often overlooked. Do you have a tutorial to go along with this series that talks about audio?
Thanks for all the hard work!

You guys rock!

Chris Kompst

Enjoyed your tutorials, but not sure I can pull something together this time. Joining so I can see what people come up with.

Elements of Reel Plus

Why did I not see this challenge this past week!? Can't wait for the next one, ill be keeping a close eye next time.

Juri Handl

I just finished watching this lesson and noticed that today was the last day to contribute a video. :( Sadly I watched it to late.

Daniel Crowe

Any chance of sharing a copy of your call sheet? Thanks so much for the tutorials!


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