Get creative with your video storytelling

If you’re new to video, you’re probably spending lots of time just trying to master the camera, remembering how to shoot sequences and following the rule of thirds

Now, here’s one more thing to remember — finding an angle is important in both writing and shooting.  Too many journalists shoot everything at eye level and that can make a story feel flat.

Check out this piece from one of Michael Rosenblum’s students and pay careful attention to the use of unique angles.

Thanks to AR&D’s Bob Kaplitz who added the subtitles and suggests this is an excellent example of how minimal copy can enhance a story as well.

Here are a few tips for getting creative wth your video:

  • Climb up on something — a chair, the hood of a car or the bleachers in the stadium.
  • Get down on your knees or even flat on your belly to give us another perspective.
  • Think about using the foreground as a frame for the action — something still photographers have done for years.

2 comments for “Get creative with your video storytelling

  1. March 21, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Thanks Deb.
    This piece was done by Pat Lafferty, who had never touched a video camera before. If your readers want to learn how to do this, I invite them to visit

  2. March 26, 2011 at 5:38 am

    You added excellent points, Deb. The use of foreground, for example, provides excellent depth. And it’s something multimedia journalists often don’t think about.

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