A guide to sequence shots in film.

The skill and experience of a filmmaker show up in their work. This guide explains how and why you should use sequence shots to improve your films and videos.

Filmmaking, even just vlogging, is much more than just splicing cool shots together. Before you even begin filming there’s major planning involved — from techniques to apply during shooting to editing tricks to polish it off. But with so many types of shots to choose from, taking a moment to learn about different shots and techniques beforehand can improve your film or video’s final product.

How to use sequence shots.

Sequence shooting is a method used to capture a scene from various distances. Sequence shots ensure that the editor ends up with plenty of shot sizes to tell the story and keep the audience’s attention. At a minimum, you should get a wide, medium, and close view of the scene. A five-shot sequence is also a very popular technique.

To understand how a five-shot sequence could work, picture a scene with a young girl intently drawing a picture:

  1. Begin with a close-up of her hands as she works on her art.
  2. Move to her face to show she is concentrating intensely.
  3. Take a medium shot capturing the girl and her immediate surroundings.
  4. Add a point-of-view shot, maybe from over her shoulder.
  5. The final shot in the sequence could be a birds-eye view or another creative position.

For vloggers and others making films in often uncontrollable situations, you can capture sequence shots by setting up several cameras before the action begins. Then, if you can predict the scene’s boundaries, concentrate your cameras — wide, medium, and close — and let the magic of editing do the rest. Get more video tips to help you elevate your video projects and expand your creativity.

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