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Video Maker's Journey Introduction

Beyond Basics:  start | story development | pre-production | responding to criticism | editing refinements | transferring cine film to video | pace

The Videomaker's Journey: part twenty-two
Beyond the Basics: Putting Pace into a Movie

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There are three elements in this operation:

(a) How the story is written
An experienced writer will automatically put pace into a drama. I have included some comments below for the benefit of beginners.
(b) How the video shots are planned and taken
(c) How the video shots are edited

Unusual stories and very funny jokes get the best results in competitions.



Refer to sample movies in the Video Makers Journey: parts 17 and 22.
Part 22, look at more tips on how to start the movie.

Drafting a shot list

Parts 6-9 describe how to frame the shots.
Download the annotated script of The Problem with Harry as a pdf - click here. (Note the pages are numbered 4-11.)


Editing generally

Sample Movies

Mumʼs the Word - a good example of breaking a 20 second shot down into a series of short clips. This movie was a semifinalist in the 2008 BIAFF one-minute Knockout Competition , there were 16 entries.
Start of script for 'Mums the Word'.
Script page 2 of 'Mums the Word'.

The Handyman - a very good example of a fast paced movie.

This movie is commented on in Part 18 and Part 22 of the Video Makers Journey.

The following has been extracted from Part 18.

Act 1 is well crafted -- it introduces the characters, tells us what the story is about and foreshadows heaps of trouble.

Act 2 unleashes the handyman (Ross Wilesmith) - the subject matter would have been  well sorted - but there was no script  Ross is in his element, it is all ad-libbed.

Act 3 is also well written -this is where the housewife saves the situation- but at the end, the handyman foreshadows more problems inthe future.

This team has made about 130 movies over the last 30 years. Fay is very quick at writing good original stories, complete with a useful shotlist. Don and Ross are both very competent camera operators and editors. Ross has given me valuable advice on directing and story telling on various occasions.

On writing these notes and looking back   I find that Fay and Ross have a very good understanding of how to put pace into a movie. Ross has good story telling abilities, this is why he is very good at ad-libbing.

I also discovered that I was also going about putting pace into movies in the correct manner - Refer to Mumʼs the Word script above.

Pass the Parcel - this movie was awarded 3 Stars at the 2008 BIAFF. It is a very good example of an unusual story
A Col Tretheway and Arthur Bullock Movie.Written and directed by Col - camera work by Arthur.

Judges Comments:-
A good build-up of tension as the postman approached the house. The old crone was quite convincing. There was a break in the sound as the postman reached the gate. As the door opened we could see the black cloth, perhaps more attention to the lighting would have helped to hide this.
There were lots of well framed camera angles which enhanced this production.
The storyline was well thought out and came over quite clearly and we enjoyed watching this film.
A very good subject for a one line joke, especially with the surprise twist at the end.

Video Maker's Journey Introduction
Beyond Basics:  
start | story development | pre-production | responding to criticism | editing refinements | transferring cine film to video | pace

copyright Arthur Bullock, 2013

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