6 Top Tips When Shooting For Sequencing

Sequencing is the order you put shots together to tell a story, rather than having one continuous shot.  Sequencing makes a feature more interesting than a single shot from one angle, and allows you to break a shoot into short segments, making it more manageable to film (and edit).  To get the shots you need for good sequencing, it is essential to have plenty of cut-aways and GVs for editing the piece together.  The shots you use and the techniques used in the shots, such as “pull-to-reveals,” also help to tell the story of the feature.

  • Always get general shots of the location that an interview or sequence is being filmed, to give context.
  • Be sure to film anything that you mention in a voice-over or piece-to-camera.  If you mention a bus, you should get a shot of one.
  • For internet video, there should be as little camera movement as possible – no pan, no zoom.  Cut to reveals instead of zooming out or tracking with the camera.
  • To reveal something in context, you can start in close and zoom out, or cut to the reveal.
  • You can gradually zoom in on interviews, to increase the connection to the subject, or cut to a close up.
  • Always get cut-aways of the subject – if you are doing an interview, get cut-aways of their hands, their feet, of them working.
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About Ash Bhardwaj

A storyteller, travel writer, journalist and film-maker. I am a regular contributor to Huffington Post, The Telegraph and the Sunday Times Travel Magazine. I spent much of 2013 working on Walking The Nile, Levison Wood's attempt to walk the world's longest river. I founded Digital Dandy, a video storytelling company, in 2012 to produce content for brands and businesses.
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