DUE: 9 a.m. Monday 8/10
Now that your camera workshop is done, find an event, location or situation you would like to cover. Go to that event or place and shoot at least 30 minutes of video. The shots listed on the checklist below should be done first. After you have completed the checklist, practice more of the shots until you have shot at least 30 minutes. Then you will go home, log your video and sound, and write a short news package based on what you have collected.
Use a tripod.
Hold each shot for at least ten seconds.
Check your audio; make sure you can hear the NAT SOUND and INTERVIEWS.
Make sure your auto-focus is OFF.
Don’t shoot into the sun.
3 Wide shots that give viewers an overall sense of a scene.
3 Medium shots that focus in on a part of the scene from the wide shot.
3 Close-up shots (also called tight shots) that give a detailed view, such as a close-up of a face, a sign, a person’s hands,.
2 NAT SOUND FULL, such as horns honking, music playing, an exchange between two people, chanting at a rally.
3 Different angles of the scene you are shooting. Pick up the tripod and move to a different location.
2 Zoom in or out (wide shot zoom to close-up; or close-up zoom to wide shot). Make sure to keep the shot steady for 10 seconds at the start of the zoom and 10 seconds at the end.
2 Pans (from right to left; or left to right). Make sure to keep the shot steady for 10 seconds at the start of the pan and 10 seconds at the end.
3 Interviews of at least 5-10 minutes in length. Use a tripod and headphones (to monitor the audio). Do NOT just set up the camera and pull people in front of it. Shot the interviews with different backgrounds and angles (standing versus sitting) even if you stay at the same event or location.
3 sets of broll (cover video) – one for each interview subject. This is video of that person doing something that pertains to the story, walking, whatever. You will use this video to introduce the person or for covering audio edits. DON’T JUST INTERVIEW PEOPLE. ALWAYS TRY TO GET COVER VIDEO OF THEM.
Shoot a sequence that pertains to the event or location where you are covering. Begin with an establishing wide shot, then get closer for shots that show the action. For instance, if you were shooting a farmer’s market, find a character to follow. Start with a wide shot of the farm’s booth, shoot medium shots of the customer or seller (or both), then close-up and/or medium shots of the customer picking out vegetables or fruit, the seller weighing them, close-ups of the merchandise, shots of the customer paying, etc.
Try some experimental shots. Put your camera in unusual places – or the ground, way high up, child’s eye view, etc.
NOW WRITE THE PACKAGE:
Once you are done shooting, log the video and sound and write a news package using the material you have collected. The total length should be 1:30 to 2 minutes. You calculate the length of the piece by using your logs to time the length of soundbites and natural sound AND reading your reporter narration tracks out loud and timing them. Add the time for the soundbites, natural sound, and narration together to get the total running time (or TRT).
You should also write the anchor lead-in to your short package.
Email your script to your instructors in a Word doc using the split-screen broadcast format you were shown in class. Make sure your name is in the doc file title (example: TomSmithPkg) and that you put your name, the date, and the slug for your piece at the top of the script. A slug is one or two word label for your story (Examples: Circus or Bad Accident or Budget Talks or Dogcatcher).
IMPORTANT: Save all your video and sound to your external hard drive. Your instructors may request to see what you shot or may ask to use that material in class when they discuss the scripts.
This assignment is due by 9 a.m. Monday morning (8/10/15).