This is my final prelim montage.
In this task we filmed several videos which were then cut and edited together to create a montage of the typical school day. We used techniques such as match-on-action, eye-line match, framing and close-ups. I used this task to learn how to: properly frame shots, shoot from a variety of distances and hold a shot study.
- I included a fade out transition at the end so that the video didn’t end too abruptly.
- I used some good framing shots – to the side of the stairs for a close-up of feet going up/down.
- I used a good range of close-ups, mid-shots and long-shots.
- Some shots may have worked better from different distances – for example, filling up the water bottle could’ve worked better from a different angle or as an extreme close-up.
- I could have improved my framing – for example, in the shot where the male actor is leaving the building, I could’ve recorded the footage from outside of the building to show him walking towards the camera.
- My establishing shot at the beginning was very fast – I should have slowed this shot down a bit to give the audience a greater understanding of the location of the video, I also should have ensured that the name of the school was visible in this shot.
During the making of these preliminary tasks I have learnt lots about video editing. I have learnt that the 180-degree rule is a key rule for continuity editing, it ensures that the audience understand what is happening and there is no confusion. I have also learnt that shot reverse shot is an important camera technique for showing a relationship/interaction and match-on-action is an important technique for showing an interaction with another human/an object. I have also learnt that premier pro offers a frame-by-frame button to give greater accuracy to the user. These new skills will definitely be useful when I am creating my music video because they give me the basic camera techniques and skills for the editing programme that I will be using so that I can ensure my music video runs smoothly and communicates its story effectively.