Shooting live events with a single camera | Pro Video Tips | lynda.com

Shooting live events with a single camera | Pro Video Tips | lynda.com



of all the various things you can shoot to pay the bills often the most fun and engaging are live events in the best case scenarios these gigs can be easy money in your pocket with minimum set up little audio hassle and only a few hours of shooting compared to other types of productions and once in a while in the very best case scenarios you can even get a great seat to a coveted show however in the most challenging and more common scenarios live events can be fraught with unpredictable problems complex audio setups and coverage nightmares for the uninitiated and unprepared shooter so today on pro video tips I want to deal with one of the more tricky live event challenges and that's how to successfully pull off a single camera coverage of a stage performance or speaker the hardest part of covering a live one-time only event like a performance is getting enough interesting and appropriate shots to cover all the action to do this the easiest way I highly recommend doing multiple camera recordings for any show or live event whenever it's possible however many of us with more limited resources are fortunate we can scrounge up one good camera least of all several cameras plus camera people so many times it just ain't possible to pull off a multicam shoot with the budget clientele or production circumstances we have to deal with to be clear here covering a live event with a single camera is not something that's easily done it's not impossible and it's been done plenty before but I want to be clear before we get into this that it's not easy the two biggest challenges you'll face in covering live events shows and performances with just a single camera is first making a not look like a single camera shot from a single viewpoint and the second problem is covering all the main action adequately you essentially have to know exactly where to have the camera at any given time and learn to edit the sequence in your head as you're shooting it this mental skill of editing in your head as you shoot is better known as shooting for the or shooting for the edit and the best way to learn to do this is through studying shooting and editing similar sequences this is one of those filmmaking skills that you're really only going to understand fully after some trial and error shooting and then editing that material together after the first time or two you attempt to shoot a live show with a single camera every shot you really need when editing will become painfully obvious during the editing process as you're trying to make the sequence work make it a habit when editing such footage to take postmortem notes on the shots you should have gotten or should have held longer to make the sequence cut together effectively the very act of thinking them out and writing them down will help make sure you remember to get those shots the next time out once you burn yourself a time or two by not shooting things that would have taken you an extra 30 seconds on location but later cost you several hours to work around or remedy in post you'll definitely start to pick up the vital skill of shooting for the cut much more quickly however my whole point in sharing these pro video tips with you is to save you from learning film lessons the hard way so in this episode I'm going to explain and demonstrate how I actually shoot for the cut by talking and walking you through the process of shooting a live performance of a song with a single camera

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