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Sunday Project – Video Work: Did He Cheat?

Mar 3, 2024Uncategorized0 comments

This weekend I dedicated some time to expanding my skills in Adobe Premiere Pro. As someone interested in video production and editing, I want to get as comfortable as possible with industry-standard software like Premiere Pro. To push myself creatively, I participated in an exercise focused on using camera angles and movement to help tell a cohesive story.

The exercise provided raw footage of a scene shot in a restaurant. The goal was to edit this footage together while intentionally shifting camera angles and perspectives to match the narrative of the scene. This is an important concept in filmmaking and video production called having the “camera tell the story”. It got me thinking about how I can use the position, movement, and framing of a camera to influence how the audience experiences a story or scene.

Working in Premiere Pro, I first reviewed all of the raw clips and started visualizing how I wanted the scene to unfold. I decided to open with a wide shot of the man entering the restaurant to set the scene. From there, I used close-up shots focused on the two main characters having a tense conversation to ramp up the drama and intimacy of their interaction.

When a server approaches their table, I cut back to a close-up shot of the man to reveal his discomfort with what he had just been accused of by the woman. I color graded his shot in a cool, blue tone to visually contrast the warm, red tone used on the woman’s close-up in the previous shot. This color contrast between the blue and red hues captured the dynamic between the female’s anger and the male’s sadness in response.

Throughout the editing process, I also applied techniques to polish the video and support the storytelling:

  • Color grading – I adjusted the temperature, tint, and shadows to visually distinguish emotion of each actor.
  • Audio leveling – To enhance the sound, I evened out levels between clips and added gentle background music.
  • Transitions – Using cross-dissolves, I smoothly transitioned between moments to the next.
  • Rolling credits – Closing title sequences help cement this as a contained story.

The goal of this exercise wasn’t a perfectly seamless scene, but rather to get creative with how different camera perspectives and movement can impact the viewer’s experience. Editing this scene gave me great practice thinking about visual storytelling and camerawork. I’m feeling more confident with Premiere Pro’s tools and workflows too.

Expanding skills in programs like Premiere Pro through practice exercises like this is helping develop my video production abilities. I look forward to taking on more dynamic editing challenges using the camera to help tell compelling stories and share unique perspectives. Honing these technical and creative skills will surely come in handy down the road!

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