Great advice for shooters
It's unfortunate that we shooters don't get to speak with editors and get feedback on our work as often as we'd like. Well it's true that no news is usually good news, it's always nice to hear what's really working and what simply isn't. Shane Ross of Little Frog in Hi Def - an edit blog, has posted a great list of do's on dont's for shooters on his blog. Some of these are kind of no brainers but it's always a good reminder. My personal strategy when shooting is to turn on what I call my "internal metronome". I'm constantly counting one one thousand, two one thousand, three one thousand, etc. Keeping my moves in sync with the internal rhythm and making sure to give at least 5 seconds of pad on the head and tail of each shot. I make sure that all my moves and shots are legible. There's nothing worse than a shot that looks indecisive! What kind of story can that shot tell?
Conversely, here is a list of helpful tips for editors from Oliver Peter's blog DigitalFilms. A lot of these tips readily apply to shooters as well because if we don't shoot it, they don't have it. I particularly like his rule of 3's regarding B ROLL. This is so true. Watch just about anything and you'll notice this.
Between these 2 helpful links, I think there are some really fantastic ideas in there we shooters should strive to internalize and make part of our methodology.