T351 Week 2 Lab
- Turn in critiques from week 1 & review last week’s exercise
- Camera followup / advanced tips
- Look at examples from previous classes
- Storyboard & action sequence (30 point exercise)
Review last week’s tips
Remember to check for the proper exposure. While you can rely on the
camera’s auto iris feature, you must know how it works.
Think about how it looks at a scene and be aware of its limitations.
For example if you were shooting a person against a light background
(the sky for instance) it would close the iris down too far. You can
zoom in to your subject so that they fill most of the screen, set your
iris, and then zoom out. This may cause your background to be overexposed.
Learn to use the zebra strips and how they can be set. Remember to recalibrate
the viewfinder brightness and contrast if necessary by switching to color
Before shooting always:
- Proper recording format is selected (typically 1080i for network TV).
- Gain is set to 0 or "low". You should see "0dB" in the LCD viewfinder.
- Shutter is set to 60. You should see "60" on the LCD viewfinder.
- Either white balance or use the proper preset (indoor or outdoor). On cameras with filter wheels, be sure the proper filter is in place.
Allow for at least 5 seconds of pre-roll before your action starts and
a few seconds of post-roll after your shot concludes. You will need this
for the edit.
- Physical Continuity - props & clothing change from shot to shot.
If your talent has sunglasses on in one shot, they need to be on in
the next shot.
- Have one crew person watch for these potential problems.
- Time Continuity - if a clock, candle or position of the sun appears
in more than one shot, the time must be consistent with the scene.
- Keep references to time out of the scene. Try to shoot scene under
similar lighting conditions.
- Technical Continuity - shots don’t match in image quality or
- Make sure filter is set, microphone is working, etc.
- Event Continuity - The same person in two consecutive shots and has
changed “magically” from one action to another.
- Have the frame clear before and after each action to provide time
to cut. Cut on action and overlap your shooting.
- Spatial Continuity - the 180-degree axis has been crossed.
- Check your storyboard and draw an imaginary line once you have
arrived on set.
Storyboard / Action sequence exercise
See the on-line assignment for specifics.
Strive for high quality video and continuity in
all senses of the definition. Be sure to record natural audio.
NOTE: We will edit and assemble these next week. You have lab today
to shoot them. After lab is completed, you should log your tape and pick
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