Cutting on Action

Media has made us creatures with short attention spans when it comes to video. If a shot lingers too long, we get bored. For this assignment, student editors shot video of some basketball action from several angles. They then edited it for effect to add interest and momentum.

The variety of the stories that the students tell with the same footage shows the power of the editor.

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Knock, Knock – Shot | Reverse Shot

We see it all the time in film–a conversation between two characters. The camera switches between one actor and the other. This technique is called shot-reverse shot. For this project, students filmed the telling of a knock-knock joke…a very simple (and corny) conversation.

Students worked in groups to write and film their project. Each of them edited their own version. Enjoy!

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