In this guide for videographers, you will learn how to shoot videos for activist movements. Recording videos of protests is a great way to share your message with a wider audience on social media, YouTube or television broadcasts.
This page is an adaptation of the article written by Joao Dujon Pereira in 2020 published on Action Skills.
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News agencies require very generic type of shots these including:
Master Establishment Shot.
Close Ups of people involved in the lock on/action.
Any sensational footage (security interaction, violence, police searching).
Pieces to camera from the the protestors locked on, explaining why they are doing it.
Cutting off the lock on by police rescue.
If you are not sure of what video to add, quickly look at some news footage to get an idea.
The best thing to do following an action, and as soon as it is feasibly possible is to go through the video rushes and select between:
8-10 videos of between 10- 20 secs. The 10-20 secs is crucial as it allows top and tailing for the editing. If you have a large video file, select the best part of it that shows the story. If you have a piece to camera it can be longer, but use discretion.
Don’t add anything that you think they will not use, and make sure you pick the best quality footage you have.