Tech skill area: Shot exploration

Days Activities- Learn the different shots and create a page of shot examples in web site

1. Learn about shots

A shot is a small piece of video. Each shot should last between 1-3 seconds long. Watch TV tonight and count how long each shot is and how many shots you see in one minute of footage. We want to move our work to a higher level than those seen on "America's Funniest Home Video". While you shoot for longer than 1-3 seconds of footage, you will eventually edit (cut) the shots into short clips to tell your digital story.

WATCH this video to learn different shot names and what they are used for:
make sure to watch all of the first set of videos on shots.

You can find more information about shots on this page:


Also take a look at basic shot composition rules here:

Use your new iWeb and create a new page named SHOTS and take notes on each shot they introduce in the video. For each shot NAME it, give a DESCRIPTION/REASON FOR USING THE SHOT, then from any Quicktime movie trailer found here: take a screen shot, -pause the video and (apple+shift+4)drag over the screen) to grab an example of each shot. Next place the pictures of each example of the shot next to it's name and definition/description.

Here is a list of the shots you will need to present on your iweb page:

Establishing - XLS Medium shot - MS Birds eye or low angle BE
Long shot - LS Close up - CU Worms eye or High Angle WE
Medium long shot - MLS Extreme Close up - XCU Over the shoulder




2. Composition rules Take a look at basic shot composition rules here: rules check out A through G, focus on composition rules. Add these to your iweb page of shots, give a few examples of good use of composition rules from the Quicktime trailers.

Evaluate a student shot video based on what you have learned about video shots and composition and knowing that all shots should be only 1-3 seconds in length, evaluate this student video, what is right and what needs to be fixed. Fill out this form shot evaluation form as you watch the video



3. Plan a Video using your new shot knowledge

In order to learn how to use shots effectively, creatively, and with variety you will create a video using each of the shots found in the video and on your notes. You will create a video, from this scenario. It should be about one minute long to tell this story: A student is working in class and hears their name over the loud speaker and then has to make their way to the office, it is your choice what happens in the office and how to end the video,

Here is an example of a shot video from a previous student


Take notes on any terminology you find that you want to know more about.

Print and use this shot list to plan your short video.

Work with two to three other students to PLAN and then FILM your footage. Your group must work together to make a plan. You will each use the same footage to CREATE YOUR OWN VIDEO, 3 students = 3 different videos.

Your personal choices of what shots to use will make them all slightly different. For each scene, film your subject 4 to 5 different ways (shot angles and distances that you learned earlier this week). For example, you could use a birds eye to show a student working at a computer, then an extreme close up of their hands typing, then a close up of their face... Work with your partners to create a shot list. Here is an example of a shot list video, the story does not need to be extremely complex, the purpose is to help you learn to use a variety of shots, the camera use and editing uses.

Once you have all shots planned on the shot list form, get approval from Saylor and you may begin shooting.



4. Camera use Please watch this video to learn how you are expected to treat your camera.

Always let Saylor know when you are leaving the classroom and where you will be. If you need to film outside of the building check in and out with the office secretary.

Shoot each of your 5 shots for each scene in your scenario.

Ask ahead of time if office staff is available to you to help you with your video. You may need to give her options of a few different days.

Shoot each shot 2-3 times. You may not get the shot right the first time. Play back each shot to check it for quality.

Shoot ~20 seconds of footage at first to test your camera. Are you getting a focused shot with good sound. If not, get help or another camera before you shoot a bunch that will be no good.

Check off shots on your list as you go. Make sure everyone in your group has a chance to handle the camera and create different shots.

Continue to create shots for video, check quality frequently. Also note time code of shots and check them off of your list. Make sure you have every shot on your plan!

Upload shots Only when you have all of your shots and make sure they are quality shots, you will upload them into the computer. Watch the following video instruction clips to get the information you need.


5. Editing

You will know more about the features and possibilities of your software if you first use the Apple Tutorials. Create a new page in your iweb portfolio - name it "EDITING". For each video tutorial below that you watch, place the name and 3 bullet points of information you learned. You should also take 1-2 screen shots (apple+shift+4) to highlight important features or tips.

Getting started with imovie You will place your own transitions!

Uploading video we will use the tape method, not card. We will use the firewire cords

Marking video favorites

Stabilize shaky video

Trimming edits Remember I am expecting clips to be between 1-3 seconds long. Only occasionally 4 second, no more! You must always use precision editor.


6. Rough cut (getting rid of bad footage)your video. Retape any bad video. Arrange your video to create the story you planned for.

Shot video editing

Make sure your video has 4transitions, 4 video special effects, 4 Audio effects or sound effects, title, and credits that include anyone who appeared in the video, who filmed it and who edited it. If there is any song, make sure you place the singer or band and song title.

Name each shot at least once in your video to show you know the shots by placing the name using the music video title tool.

Complete the editing of your shot video. When you think you are finished, have at least two other students evaluate it. Give your input to two other students on their work. Identify areas where they could have done better and discuss your ideas with them. Point out areas of the video you liked. Fill out and give them the form provided.

Once you have your peers evaluation, make any changes you want to based on their input. Once done, have me grade it based on this rubric. Shot Rubric


In iMovie, share your movie to the Media Browser. Once it is done, open your iweb portfolio web site and create a new video page. Drag your video into the video site.

7. Post your final shot video on your iweb site. Evaluate your own work, what you like, what you would do differently next time around.

Tell me when it is ready for final grading.


Essential Question
How can we best communicate via video

Learning Goals
_Learn video shot terminology, shot framing and reasons to use each

–find examples of each shot and build a page in their web site explaining each

_Understand why each shot should not last longer than 1-3 seconds

• Have a fellow student check your work

•Create a shot explanation page in your portfolio web site