Event filmmaking is all about the storytelling. The stories that we tell are all made up of smaller story sequences. When shooting a story sequence, one must anticipate the action. A good storyteller will be on their toes all day.
Questions to consider while shooting…
- Where’s the action headed?
- Where do I need to position myself to be in the right spot?
- What shots do I need to shoot to get me from point A to point B?
- What do I need to shoot to get the most story out of this scenario?
As you are shooting, one must constantly ask themselves, “Does this tell a story?” If it doesn’t, move on to something that does. You only have so much time during a live event shoot to get what you need. Don’t waste time shooting things that don’t matter.
While practicing effective story shooting you’ll come to realize that you’ll actually shoot less and edit less, but your films with be richer than ever before. Stay alert and focus on what matters.
I’d love to hear some of your thoughts on how you achieve the most story from your shoots. Please comment below.