Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Video sequences, video interviewing techniques

Lam Thuy Vo, a multimedia reporter for NPR's Planet Money show, and USC Professor Andrew Lih led probably the most helpful session I attended at the Online News Association Convention in San Francisco: the Fast Track Video Workshop.

They demonstrated a video sequence that's the template for the Web video on the BBC's website. Shot sequences, they said, are a sure-fire way to tell a visual story. They showed how easy it was by demonstrating the technique in front of a room full of people using volunteers from the audience.

Lih has turned the BBC Five-Shot sequence into a checklist that he makes his students take along when  they do video assignments.

He and Vo also demonstrated some do's and don'ts for Web video interviews. Lih has a checklist for that, too, and was good enough to share both with session attendees.

And now I'm sharing them with you:


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