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Old April 20th, 2018, 09:41 AM   #1
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I put this short little video together to help international students feel comfortable coming to our university. It is a story about a girl from Mexico coming here while knowing almost no English .

Constructive criticism welcomed

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Old April 22nd, 2018, 10:06 PM   #2
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You crossed the line with your second camera in the interview setup, and it looks really odd.

I wouldn't have shown her in slow motion about to shove a fry in her mouth. Also, why so much headroom in that shot? There's nothing interesting back there.
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Old April 23rd, 2018, 06:52 AM   #3
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What do you mean, "crossed the line?"
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Old April 23rd, 2018, 07:48 AM   #4
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Crossed the 90 degree axis? I didn't notice it.

The "french fry" thing is such a quick shot that I think it's no big deal.

Hope you get some traction out of this piece.
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Old April 23rd, 2018, 08:54 AM   #5
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Crossed the 90 degree axis? I didn't notice it.
"180 rule is a cinematography guideline that states that two characters in a scene should maintain the same left/right relationship to one another." - Wikipedia.

Your main shot has the interviewee looking towards camera left. Your second camera angle on slider has her looking camera right.

I would have demonstrated with screencaps, but I cannot add attachments for some reason.

Also, the two cameras don't match color-wise.
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Old April 24th, 2018, 03:31 PM   #6
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The 180 rule Gary refers to is also a staple of sports broadcasting, such that the viewer can orient themselves to the direction of play on the field. That view is only broken with reverse angle shots or instant replay but is labeled as such while being shown. The main cameras following the action will always be from the same side of the field, however.

Its really all about giving the viewer a point of reference as to what is right and left.

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Old April 24th, 2018, 05:07 PM   #7
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I thought it was nicely assembled. Not a fan of multiple angles for interviews but in this case it wasn't overbearing.

Seems there are many good videos that aren't getting seen and when I watched this one it only had 126 views and probably most came from this site. If anyone knows an internet wizard who can increase distribution I'd like to meet them.
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If anyone knows an internet wizard who can increase distribution I'd like to meet them.
Yes, it's called marketing and involves spending money.
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Old April 24th, 2018, 05:48 PM   #9
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The 180 rule Gary refers to is also a staple of sports broadcasting, such that the viewer can orient themselves to the direction of play on the field.
No, the 180 rule is also common in narrative as well, which would include commercial. You break it for specific circumstances, and this doesn't feel like it was broken out of intent.
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I thought it was nicely assembled. Not a fan of multiple angles for interviews but in this case it wasn't overbearing.

Seems there are many good videos that aren't getting seen and when I watched this one it only had 126 views and probably most came from this site. If anyone knows an internet wizard who can increase distribution I'd like to meet them.
Yea we actually didn't push this out via YouTube. Instead we uploaded it straight to Facebook. We ended up getting 1.7k views on facebook, but I think they inflate that number so actual views are probably much lower than that.
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"180 rule is a cinematography guideline that states that two characters in a scene should maintain the same left/right relationship to one another." - Wikipedia.

Your main shot has the interviewee looking towards camera left. Your second camera angle on slider has her looking camera right.

I would have demonstrated with screencaps, but I cannot add attachments for some reason.

Also, the two cameras don't match color-wise.
I'll keep that in mind for future projects! Thanks!

Yea I struggled matching the two cameras. One camera is a GH5 and the other is a 5DMarkIV. I tried shooting really really flat on the GH5 this time and I struggled to get it to look similar to the 5D. Maybe next time.
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Old April 26th, 2018, 09:32 AM   #12
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Yea I struggled matching the two cameras. One camera is a GH5 and the other is a 5DMarkIV. I tried shooting really really flat on the GH5 this time and I struggled to get it to look similar to the 5D. Maybe next time.
Did you film in Vlog? There is no point on trying to flatten the other profiles. You're literally removing saturation and contrast only to add it right back in in post. Best to give it as much of a neutral feel as possible.

When I had my GH5, I would try to match it to my C300 Mark II. This required hue transforms, especially in reds and oranges. That's the starting place.
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Old April 26th, 2018, 02:06 PM   #13
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While I don't shoot in VLOG, this was my first video shooting in HLG and it was a bit rough to grade. I'm not the best colorist in the world, so since then I've just gone back to shooting cineliked.

Thanks for the suggestions! I'd love to have a C300. One day!
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Old April 27th, 2018, 08:49 AM   #14
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Yea we actually didn't push this out via YouTube. Instead we uploaded it straight to Facebook. We ended up getting 1.7k views on facebook, but I think they inflate that number so actual views are probably much lower than that.
That's a pretty decent number in 2018. I work for a large company with a dedicated PR department but even when stories or press releases are placed in large publications like the Wall Street Journal or New York Times the web page hits are in the 100's not 1000's. .
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Old April 27th, 2018, 11:37 AM   #15
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Very interesting. Thanks for sharing Duane
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