13 Apr Roundup: Here’s how to shoot video that doesn’t suck
By board member Lauren Foster
Photojournalists @CorinneChin and @bettinahansen listen to @timmatsui's video session for @SPJWash #spjvideo pic.twitter.com/e4jukuTcbR
— Erika Schultz (@ErikaJSchultz) April 8, 2015
Multimedia journalist Tim Matsui along with The Seattle Times photographer Bettina Hansen and video editor Corinne Chin hosted a presentation on how to produce a quality video for SPJâ€™s Continuing Education series on April 7. Matsui is the filmmaker of The Long Night, a feature length documentary about sex trafficking in Seattle. Chin and Hansen are experts on building short films under tight deadlines.
Here are a few takeaways from the session.
- You donâ€™t always need fancy equipment. You can shoot and edit fun little videos and teasers on your iPhone. Tim said iMovie is actually pretty good.
- â€œYou can tell a whole story in 15 secondsâ€ â€“ Tim Matsui
- â€œIf youâ€™re not using instagram professionally you shouldâ€ â€“ Matsui (follow Tim @timmatsui)
- â€œThink with your ears. Audio is often what makes a video greatâ€ – Bettina Hansenâ€™s advice for still shooters
- Capturing details is often what makes a video interesting. No one wants to sit and watch a guy talk in a room for 15 minutes. Notice whatâ€™s on his desk, the way he moves his hands, a pet he might have or what he hangs on his walls.
- Be patient. Erika shot over 2 hours of footage for this short video and it made all the difference because she waited for those perfect moments that make this video so fun to watch.
Here are a few other videos that were screened:
Not all the clips Masui shared are available online but here is the trailer for his documentary The Long Night.
Matsui has recently won several prestigious awards for his film. Read his reaction to the praise in this Vantage article I Just Won a World Press Photo Award and a POYi, But Iâ€™m Not Celebrating.
Matsui has partnered with the Seattle Times to offer a free screening of the film at 6pm on April 22 at SIFF Cinema Uptown.