Video Directing 101: Intercom Communication

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As with any leadership position, one of the most important aspects of video directing is communication. A director’s first audience is his support personnel and camera ops, and then the world. Simply stated, without clear, consistent and easily understood communication, the video director will not be able to direct.

Here are some ideas for effective communication over intercom (or headsets). Once again, these ideas are geared towards the Church market, but are applicable in other situations as well.

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Video Directing 101: Pacing

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Directing a live event is like a multi-layered dance. The people on the stage are leading the dance. The video director is following. In the same manner, at another level, the camera ops are following the lead of the video director.

That is the imagery you should bring to the task. As the leader of the dance changes pace, you as the director, or camera op, should follow suit.

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Video Directing 101: The Establishing Shot

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What is an establishing shot?

The word establish means to set up or show. In video terms, the establishing shot sets up the scene or shows where the scene is taking place. The establishing shot provides context for the viewer.
You’ve seen this in every TV show and movie you have ever watched.

Consider a sitcom like Seinfeld. If you watched the show you know that one of the main places of action was the coffee shop. Can you here the popping bass notes as the camera zooms into the coffee shop for just a few seconds before we join the cast already inside at their favorite table? That’s the establishing shot. Keep thinking! Continue reading.