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Jan 19

Visual Story – Hand held shooting style on a smartphone

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The smartphone can be used for many different video styles such as shooting a visual story. The visual story shown in this video use short clips that are similar to b-roll footage with music added that tells a visual story. B-roll is alternative footage intercut with the main shot. For example when a presenter is talking about something this can be shown visually with b-roll. This helps to make the video more interesting.

This video was shot in 20 minutes on a Nexus 6P using Open camera app and edited on the phone with PowerDirector app. This was produced as an example to show one of the many styles that can be created using a smartphone. All the shots were hand-held which created a dynamic look. The lift and elevators were used to create some interesting moving shots. On a professional shoot, we would normally use sliders and possibly cranes and a dolly to create movement.

The presenter part of the video was filmed with natural lighting. For the key light (main light) an open window was used and for the fill light (light to fill in shadow from key light) we used a white reflector placed to my right that bounced the key light onto my left side and softened the shadows. I could also have used a back light to separate me more from the background, but did not have one available at the time.

They say that the best camera is the one you have on you, and we all have our smartphones with us. If we know how to use a smartphone like a professional we can create great looking videos wherever we go.


If you would like to learn how to produce professional looking videos on a smartphone check out our upcoming workshop http://intro2outro.com.au/workshop2/