I’m a fan of movement. You should be a fan of movement. I like to have as much movement in a story as possible. Often, I base my edit decisions on movement. If I’m choosing between two shots, I’ll choose motion over a better-composed shot with no action happening in the shot.
We are a visual medium.
Give your viewer as much to look at as they possibly can handle. Our story for this post is It’s Bad.
This is a spot news story edited in about an hour. There are practices you can learn here and apply to any edit. The idea of motion isn’t a new one. Next time you are editing a story, think about the exact frame you are choosing as your IN point and the action in that edit.
There are a lot of static shots. The standard video for stories like these is;
and spectators watching
We know what the video is going to be like in any type of story like this. So often in stories like these, I see edits chosen with nothing going on.
Only 6 shots with no movement, count them.
Pay particular attention to the next few shots and what I choose as the IN point.
[:07] IN point when S.W.A.T member puts on his helmet
[:08] – IN point when another S.W.A.T member move his head
[:09] – IN point when a police officer takes a step
[:11] – I wait until just before you see many S.W.A.T members moving forward
I’m trying to keep the story moving. This may sound obvious but watch a newscast and look at how often there is nothing is going on within a shot. I strive to have something going on in as many shots a possible. Even little things like;
[:15] – Crime tape blowing in the wind
[:20] – Cops walking from frame right to frame left
[:38] – Officer’s arm moving in the left-hand corner of the screen
I’m waiting for something to happen before I set the IN point.
Watch It’s Bad again. Now that you know what to look for, notice how much all the little things like a bit of movement adds to the story. Next time you edit a story like this think about it
Think about what’s in the shot
Is there something going on you can show instead of just a static shot
Wait for something to happen and then set your IN point