In this video, I had my brother make a cup of coffee. The video starts off with him working on homework and then getting up to make coffee.
I tried to vary the shots by using wide angles and doing a few medium and close up shots. I started the video by doing a wide shot that gives the viewer an idea of where this is taking place and what is going on. The over the counter wide shot gives the viewer a different perspective while including multiple elements seen throughout the video. I also tried to use cues such as him looking off to the left and then having the feet walk in that direction to give the viewer more spatial information without showing a lot of the space.
I also did a couple of match on action shots throughout the video. Starting with a wide shot and then doing a close up while the subject is moving. Match on action or cut in shots help the viewer experience the action more effectively. I think I could have done a little better on matching the movement. To me, some of the parts look a little choppy but I couldn’t figure out what could have made them better.
After my brother grabs the cup, I used the 180 degree rule to switch to the other side of him. While he was grabbing the cup, I was on the left of him. Then he walked toward me (I was on the 180 line) and this gave me the opportunity to switch to the right of him but since he was facing the other way, I was still on his left side.
I also tried to play around with the angles. I did some eye level, some on the ground to show the feet walking, and some from above the counter. This gives it variety and makes the video more interesting.
I think the story works well and it’s clear to see what is happening in the video. One thing that could have been better thought out is the length of each individual clip. Some are really short and others go on for a while. I’m not really sure whether that’s a good thing or if it would look better having them similar lengths. Sometimes I feel like the longer clips make me (and would make the viewer) stop paying attention and zone out. Being consistent with that might have made the video much more “to the point” and it wouldn’t drag on.
Overall, I think this video shows good continuity. It doesn’t seem like there are any large or odd gaps in time during this process. One thing I could have done is tried different methods of continuity to make it more continuous. I think I could have made this into a much shorter video that way. There were couple of things I had to cut out anyway that would have made this video much longer (like boiling the water or grinding the beans).