Looking at students work is probably one of the most helpful things to do in terms of feeling like you can/can’t achieve that. It’s also easier then having to thumb your way through the number of weird and angst filled short films on vimeo.
They have been good to watch, don’t get me wrong, but there’s only so many short films about substance abuse that I can watch…
The Lenny exercise has opened my eyes up to the rhythm of editing. And filming. Whilst this was not a final piece, it goes to show how much of a difference shot construction and audio quality make.
Thinking about when you want cut to someone in the frame or entering/exiting the frame is important – they can begin out of frame, then move into frame however, this should not happen repeatedly, it gets boring, and it looks tacky.
The two mid-shots that were taken during the exercise proved difficult to cut up because the angle at which they were taken was too similar. I wanted to get some better looks at Lenny’s face, but they just weren’t there.
Also, the footage that we were given was very static in terms of camera movement. It was always people entering and exiting frame rather then the frame moving with them. I think, at times, we are encumbered by the tripod, feeling that the camera must remain on the tripod and therefore must remain still. (I guess one plus on DSLR’s is that they are easier to handhold – as long as you know what you’re doing with it!)