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.