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A timed exercise to practice shooting lots of different angles with your video camera. The rules:
1) Find a subject
2) Set the timer (in this case, 6 minutes)
3) Shoot 50 shots-- a new shot every few seconds. Move, point, shoot, stop.
4) No judging as you shoot. It doesn't matter whether the shots are good or not. The point is the practice, not the result.
This is what it looked like when I did it. I threw the clips together in iMovie without editing and added Chris Arena's song, also without editing, just for fun (thanks Chris! chrisarena.com)
For more on this see my book "How to Shoot Video that Doesn't Suck" p. 140. For LOTS more on shooting great video, go to stevestockman.com.
From my book "How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck", Page 77:
The easiest way to plan a video that’s more complicated than “point at party guests” is by using a shot list.
A shot list is exactly what it sounds like: a list of all the shots you might want in your video. I brainstorm shot lists for every project. I bring them to the set and literally check off they things I want to shoot as they happen. When I get tired, or time runs out (and time always runs out), I go back to my shot list to make sure I’m getting the important stuff done.
In the book you’ll see the shot list for the “Opera” spot that I wrote and directed. Here’s the final product.