Getting sequences with the five-shot method

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Many new-to-video-journalism folks have encountered the same problem when they’ve logged and uploaded all their interviews and clips: not enough b-roll to cover the cuts you’ll need to make as you’re massaging out the “you knows” and “umms” from the soundbites you’ve teased out of your interview footage.

It’s not hard to understand why. It’s hard to think on your feet when you’re out there shooting, and while you might have a list of b-roll shots you thought you’d need before your interview, now that the interview is over, you might realize it calls for some different shots and that you didn’t have enough b-roll on your shot list.

One way to speed up the process is to use the five-shot pattern developed for new videographers and journalists.

Read up on the method in the links below.

Julie Tiedens

Julie Tiedens is a high school journalism and English teacher at Black River Falls High School, a school of 500 students in rural Wisconsin. She advises the student online newspaper, a daily announcements show, the yearbook and a PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs school site. Over the last two decades, one of her biggest goals has been to make her students better media consumers and creators. Another goal? Raise a son who loves the news just as much as she does.

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