Video shooting basics: Five Shot Sequence

One of the basics for any news package that is meant for broadcast journalism is the Five Shot Sequence. This is one of the most effective ways to display a story in video – and it’s all done in only five shots.

1. Extreme close-up of the action (whatever the subject is doing)

2. Close up of the subject (usually their face)

3. Medium shot of the subject doing the action

4. Point of view shot (taken from the perspective of the subject

5. Shot of your choice (usually involves a focus change or abstract shot)

Those are the five shots. Master these five and you’ve got yourself a video package, at least the video portion. Once you have these five planned for your story you can begin to think about lighting and audio, a key element to video.

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