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Matt Norbut May 5, 2010, 12:55 p.m. permalink

This is a great subject to cover, there are many different angels to highlight and I think that's what it's missing. You only hear from the one guy, and we need to hear more from the pilots and onlookers to really build a story.

- Capture better audio, use something with a windscreen or get the mike as close as possible.
- Get some steady shots. Just let the action happen. Having a moving camera is good, but you need to break that up with some locked down tripod shots.
- Overall the story is there just build some excitement with the shots you choose and the interviews you capture.

I look forward to the 2010 update.



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Chuck Fadely May 6, 2010, 6:55 a.m. permalink

Wow, what a fun assignment! That must have been a blast to shoot!

Ditto on what Matt said about getting more people and their reactions; ditto on the audio; ditto on the steady shots - hold your camera still and let the action happen in the frame.

Work on capturing sequences - wide, medium, tight, tight, tight - as you cover the event. A shot sequence might be: 1) wide shot of guy on beach with engine on ground 2) medium of guy picking up thing and putting it on his back 3) tight shots of his hands fastening harness 4) tight shot of face looking 5) tight shot of hand pressing start button. Then edit those together into one fluid sequence - so that motion that starts in one shot continues in the next. That would be just a few seconds of a larger sequence of the guy taking off and flying. Always shoot action/reaction. Guy flying/ people watching. Hands doing something/face watching what he's doing. Video is often about process and flow of time... it's not about frozen moments like with stills. Shoot lots of tight shots, especially faces.

I hope the oil spill doesn't affect the event this year - so you can make it even better...

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