Documentary Filming and Editing Techniques

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Harvey, Jul 12, 2007.

  1. Harvey

    Harvey Guest

    Harvey, Jul 12, 2007
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  2. Harvey

    jef_boy Guest

    Hello, I am just a newbie, but you say in the video that professionals
    rarely zoom. However, I noticed in a recent hit documentary that they
    zoomed a lot during interviews to highlight the person's emotions.

    What exactly is wrong with zooming? does it create a headache for the
    viewer. Sometimes, i like to see the details.
    jef_boy, Jul 18, 2007
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  3. Ah yes. Harvey is correct, pro's hardly zoom, unless it is for a
    specific effects. The reason behind this is that you can't zoom with
    you eyes either, so the only wat to see somthing closer, is to move
    in. This has to do with keeping the perspective "real" as well.

    In current tv, the editors have become so lazy and stupid, that they
    don't know how to cut properly anymore, so they leave the zooms in.
    One day somebody did this, and someone else saw it, and thought it was
    a cool effect, done on purpose. But that of course is non-sense: the
    editor who introduced it (or the channel which let rubbish like this
    pass), should get it's ten fingers chopped off and his eyes poked out,
    so he can never edit again.
    Another one of those trendy gimmicks is speeding-up the images. Don't
    get me started about that...... :))


    Martin Heffels, Jul 18, 2007
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    nappy Guest

    Yeah.. One day years back MTV started hiring crack addicts with attention
    spans of around 2.5 seconds as PRODUCERS. They fired all of the editors and
    replaced them with more crack addicts. They did the same with the shooters.

    No one in the rest of the media bothered to notice this as they all stood in
    line to replicate these new "techniques"

    Which brings us to now.
    nappy, Jul 18, 2007
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    jef_boy Guest

    The documentary I saw was called "maxed out" about credit card debt,
    and its a widely distributed film here in the US, not the best but it
    gets its message across like a good documentary should. If there was
    only one camera man and he zoomed in while the subject was talking,
    then actually there would be no way to edit the footage without taking
    out some of the subject's words. The only way to immediate switch to
    a close up would be to have two camera men, which costs more money.
    jef_boy, Jul 20, 2007
  6. Well, you can lock-off the camera, and do some B-cam work with another
    camera. This obviously depends on the crew. If you are the
    interviewer/camera-op, then it's a bit difficult ;-) But if you have
    an interviewer, and you are the op, then it's no problem.


    Martin Heffels, Jul 20, 2007
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    Steve House Guest

    One way to handle this is to lay in a cutway such as the interviewer's
    reaction to the subject's words covering the the zoom as the sound
    continues uncut. I'm not totally opposed to an on-screen zoom in all
    circumstances but in most cases it's distracting. It calls attention
    to the fact that we're seeing a camera's image and destroy's the
    illusion we've been transported into an alternate reality. A video of
    an interview is usually supposed to be about the subject and not about
    filming the subject. Most of the time the camera work should be
    Steve House, Jul 21, 2007
  8. Nothing wrong with a nicly planned zoom, but crash-zooms as they are
    used currently, are pathetic, and show poor skills in shooting and
    editing. But, that's what you get with the current crop coming out of
    school, and calling themselves videographer immediately. Do I sound
    bitter? ;-)
    Very well said, and quote of the day!! :-D
    Everybody, print this out, frame it, and put it above your bed.


    Martin Heffels, Jul 21, 2007
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