In-class Video Exercise

Part 1: Shooting

Get a partner. Each person should have a video camera. Go somewhere. Come up with a physical activity you want to shoot. (Doing a cartwheel, throwing a ball, rapping, throwing your cell phone in the trash, etc.)

Shoot the activity using the 5-shot rule. Hold each shot for 10 seconds. Stop. Shoot the next shot. Stop. Continue.

Here is an example of shooting with 5-shot technique.

Shoot the five shots in the following order:

1. Close-up on hands (or a part of the body they are using to do the activity)
2. Close-up on face
3. Wide shot
4. Over the shoulder shot
5. Shot of your choosing (low, high, etc)

Next, interview your partner about this activity. Ask them to describe it. How did they do it? What makes them so good at this activity? What do they enjoy about it? How often do they do it? What’s most challenging about it? Etc.


Frame them using the rule-of-thirds.

Make sure there is light on face.

They should not be looking directly at the camera, but into the open space of the frame.

Check to make sure you are getting quality sound.

Make sure you have two useable soundbites of 20 sec or longer.

You should have 6 shots totaling approximately 1:30 to 2:30 min.

Upload your 6 clips to your computer. Put them on your desktop for next time.

Here is how to upload video to a Mac without using iPhoto or iMovie.

1. Plug phone into USB. Use back of computer rather than keyboard.
2. If your computer automatically opens iPhoto and/or iTunes, close them.
3. Using the magnifying glass icon in the top right-hand corner of the main bar, search for Image Capture. Click to Open.
4. Cell phone or camera should show up on left-hand side and photos and videos in the middle. If you get a message on your phone that asks you if it is ok to connect, click “Trust this Computer.”
5. Scroll to select only the videos you want to download. Use Shift + Click to select multiple clips.
6. Change Import To: to Desktop.
7. Click Import.

Part 2: Editing

If you have never edited with iMovie, you can watch some of this video

1. Open iMovie. Create a New Event called YourLastNameFiveShot

2. Import your videos to iMovie using the Large 960 X 540 setting.

3. Create a New Project.

4. Find a good 15 to 20 second soundbite. Drag video clip up to editor. Focus on the audio. Adjust the volume. Mouse over clip, click on the Gear icon>Audio Adjustments

5. Detach audio sound bites from your video clip. Click a clip in your project to select it, then choose Edit > Detach Audio.

The audio track appears as a purple icon below the video clip. You can move the audio track and position it below any video clip in your project.

6. Add additional b-roll shots and lay them over your audio sound bites so you have more engaging visuals. Adjust clips and audio. as smoothly as you can.

7. Add Lower Third and Title Card.

8. Export and compress into web-ready format.
From Menu
>Export Movie
>Select Medium Size
Save to as YourLastNameVideo.m4v

About Nick DiUlio

My name is Nick DiUlio, a freelance writer and editor from New Jersey. I have been passionate about the craft of writing since I was old enough to spell, and this love has led to a successful career in journalism and creative nonfiction. As a freelancer, I have covered a wide range of topics and personalities, as my published work has focused on everything from profiles of artists and important political figures to hard-news stories with both national and local appeal; from restaurant and beverage reviews to tips on fashion and finance; from health and wellness pieces to celebrity Q&A’s. My work has appeared in several local, regional and national publications—both in print and online—including Philadelphia Magazine,, Miller-McCune, New Jersey Monthly, Eating Well, and Delaware Today. Additionally, I am the South Jersey Bureau Chief for New Jersey Monthly and an adjunct journalism professor at Rowan University. To be sure, the broadness of my body of work seems only to be matched by my boundless interest in almost every subject imaginable (except Warren Zevon). Check out some of my most recently published work here.
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