Part of Lesson Plan: Basics of Camera Movement and Perspective
Activity Overview / Details
Using images or video to tell a story is not too much different than how we use words to tell stories.
Ask the students this question: “When we tell stories, what are the smallest ‘pieces’ or ‘building blocks’ needed to create the communication?”
Wait for it…. “Letters.”
Think of letters as single video frames. It takes a combination of letters to make most words – as it takes a combination of video frames to create a second of time showing an image.
Because we usually don’t shoot video frame by frame, then let’s jump to the next level of this comparison:
Think of a WORD as single SHOT you capture on the video camera.
A Series of WORDS, make a ________?
Wait for it…… “Sentence!”
The same way a series of WORDS make a SENTENCE, a series of SHOTS make SCENE. Now think of the CHAPTER in the written story. This compares to the SEQUENCE. A Sequence is a series of Scenes, or shots.