Look over this news shotlist provided. Make notes or stars on the clips, pictures (VIZ), and sound-ups that you like the best.
Then BUILD a story using the simple framework example above.
You can begin your story with: top and tail, best pictures, or best emotion.
Your story should use between three and five clips. You can choose to use the stand-up or streeters if you wish. Don’t be afraid to include sound-ups that you like, too.
Once you have selected your clips, then you can write voice-overs to provide more information or to set up the next clip.
Don’t get worried about making your story too complicated! This is a simple exercise for you to learn about putting clips/voice-overs/streeters/graphics and sound-ups in a particular order.
Here’s the story background:
The American Government is planning deep spending cuts which will reduce the number of border guards at US crossings. This is expected to cause longer lines and wait times for Canadians travelling south. Local businesses are very concerned because they depend on Canadian shoppers. Meanwhile Canadian shoppers will have to balance whether cheaper food prices are worth waiting at a border crossing for up to two hours.
SHOTLIST TAPE #1. (VIZ)
:00 CARS LINED UP AT BORDER (WIDE SHOT)
:10 SHOT OF PEACE ARCH CROSSING
:15 CLOSE UP OF GUARD
1:00 SHOTS OF CARS DRIVING UP TO GUARD
2:00 CLOSE UP OF FLAG AND BORDER
3:00 SHOTS OF BELLINGHAM CITY
4:00 KEN WALKING DOWN STREET
5:00 SHOT OF PARKING LOT
5:30 CU CANADIAN LICENSE PLATES
6:00 SHOTS OF SHOPPERS WITH GROCERIES
6:30 GROCERY BAGS ARE LOADED INTO CARS
SHOTLIST TAPE #2. (INTERVIEWS)
7:00 APRIL: I COME HERE ALL THE TIME TO GO SHOPPING.
7:15 APRIL: IT USUALLY TAKES ME TEN MINUTES TO CROSS BORDER.
7:45 APRIL: IF THE WAIT IS LONGER, I DON’T THINK I WILL COME.
8:00 APRIL: IT’S NOT WORTH IT TO COME, IF I HAVE TO WAIT TWO HOURS IN A LINE.
9:00 JULIETTA: I REALLY LIKE THE PRICES HERE.
9:15 JULIETTA: I THINK IT’S WORTH IT TO SHOP IN THE US.
9:30 JULIETTA: I CAN’T BELIEVE IT WILL TAKE ALMOST TWO HOURS TO GET ACROSS THE BORDER.
9:45 JULIETTA: I PROBABLY WON’T COME DOWN AS MUCH.
10:15 WE HAVE TO SAVE MONEY SOMEWHERE.
10:30 BORDER GUARD HOURS WILL BE CUT BACK.
11:00 CANADIANS WILL HAVE TO BE PATIENT.
11:15 IT MAY TAKE UP TO TWO HOURS LONGER TO GET ACROSS BORDER.
(KEN: BUSINESS SPOKESPERSON)
12:00 WE NEED CANADIAN CUSTOMERS TO SHOP IN OUR COMMUNITY.
12:15 IF THE BORDER WAITS GROW, PEOPLE MAY NOT COME.
12:30 BUSINESSES WILL SUFFER IF THIS PLAN GOES AHEAD.
(STAND-UP AT BORDER CROSSING)
12:45 OFFICIALS ARE ADVISING THE PUBLIC TO TRAVEL AT QUIETER TIMES TO AVOID LONG LINE-UPS.
Now put down a simple script: select a few clips, streeters, and stand-up to tell your story. Decide which order you want your story to follow. Then write voice-overs to connect all the other pieces.
Look over your script to ensure the most important information has been included.
Make general notes beside your voice-overs about the timecodes of the pictures you would use:
(:10) SHOT OF PEACE ARCH CROSSING
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