1. Geoff Stock

    Session 12 – Distracting Backgrounds

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    Distracting backgrounds can be as simple as a palm tree or a power pole behind someone’s head, but with moving pictures it can also be something moving in the background so we need to keep an eye out for anything catching our eye in the camera. Anything in the background that is catching our eye can also be distracting for the viewer so it is important to be aware of this problem. Sometimes we can fix it by moving a little bit to the left or right and framing it out. We can also move a bit further back and tighten the shot to lose the distraction or throw it a little bit out of focus. By shooting with a bit longer lens we have a shallower depth of field.
  2. Geoff Stock

    Session 13 – Sequences Pt1

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    Now that you have an understanding about how to shoot good looking shots, we now get to the stage of shooting a logical sequence of shots that can be edited together to tell your story. I this first session I will cover a principle called “Crossing the Line” or “The 180 degree Rule” which is very important to get your head around. It is very important that you understand “Crossing the Line”. Any sequence where we have people talking to each other or facing each other, this rule is what keeps them facing the right way. It is what keeps one party facing left to right and the other party facing right to left. In other words facing each other.
  3. Geoff Stock

    Session 14 – Sequences Pt2

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    Now we are getting right into the guts of how to shoot a sequence easily. We are building on all of the skills you have learnt so far and moving forward to being able to make decisions about all the shots you need to tell your story. I will show you my logical thought process to make it simple to be able to start to do it. As you could see from the few examples I showed, the same thought process and sequence of shot styles worked on each different scenario. Start to visualize the shots you need to cover your story and it will get easier and easier, but you must practice it. Don’t think that you can pick your camera up once every three months and you will be able to do this stuff.
  4. Geoff Stock

    Session 15 – Sequences Pt3

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    You should now be well on your way to being able to shoot good footage of whatever your interest is and be able to edit it or have it edited into a professional looking story. This next session takes it a step further and links how what you have learnt is relevant to all types of visual storytelling. Part of what I am showing you is about how to shoot stories properly, but an even more important skill I am trying to show you is being able to see how other peoples stories have been made. Every time you see a film or television stories now, you should be recognizing all of the things that I have shown you.
  5. Geoff Stock

    Session 17 – Preshoot Checklist

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    I am sure you have heard of Murphy’s Law. I think he wrote for our industry. We need to be very organized and prepared to be successful in this business, so I have done this session to give you some ideas about the importance of being prepared and some of the things you need to be aware of. What else can I say. Be prepared. Be organized. Think ahead. Make a list. You have got to work hard to stay ahead of Mr. Murphy.
  6. Geoff Stock

    Session 18 – Safety issues

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    This activity can place us in potentially dangerous situations so I have put together some good advice and tips on how to minimise your risk and help keep you safe. Most of this is good common sense but keep in mind that most accidents happen despite good common sense so be aware and be careful.
  7. Geoff Stock

    Session 19 – Great Sound

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    This is a very special session on how great sound can be achieved, even in difficult situations. If you want to go further than just using your camera microphone or pinning a microphone onto the outside of someone’s shirt, this session will show you how. In most projects, the sound is just as important as the pictures and quite often if the sound is no good the shoot can be ruined, so hopefully now you will have a good understanding of how to improve you sound results.
  8. Geoff Stock

    Session 20 – Beautiful Lighting

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    Most people have no idea of even where to start when it comes to doing a nice lighting set-up on a person. This session shows you exactly how to do it time and time again. Even if you only have one light, you can dramatically improve the look of your subject, and if you have more than one you can achieve exceptional results using the method I show here. Now that you understand what you are trying to achieve with your lighting you will often find that you can use a natural light source such as light from a window as part of your lighting set-up and just use one other light as a fill or backlight to improve the look of your shot.
  9. Geoff Stock

    The Curse of the Handycam

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    Do you have the problem with your handycam that you just keep recording everything and you aren’t able to think of framing specific shots? I call this the curse of the handycam. It Always Looks Like Home Movies The problem is that it is just too easy to walk around any event you are shooting with your video camera and just keep recording everything continuously. Yes, it is easy and you don’t have to think too much about anything.  And hey, that may be OK for your kid’s birthday party, but if you are trying to shoot something that looks better than just home movies, you need to kick your brain into gear. If you want to start shooting professional looking videos or short films, you need to take a giant step forward.  You need to learn How to Stop Panning and Zooming and how to start seeing the individual...
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