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Shot List for Art Videos

Peter Culos says, "I'm experimenting with video now and I was wondering what you use to produce video."

Peter, I shoot all the videos by myself while I'm painting. Sometimes I can talk Jeanette into taking a couple of shots, but she's usually busy painting. Shooting while you paint is a little distracting, but kind of fun once you get used to it. My gear is pretty basic, nothing fancy or expensive. Here's some info, broken down into 1. Shot List, 2. Camera Gear, 3. Audio, and 4. Editing.

You don't need all this coverage, of course. This list is just a memory jogger. A variety of shots makes editing fun later.

• Walk into scene (watch 180 rule)
• Motif framed with hands + POV
• Reaction, explaining thinking
• Decision; Set down stuff

Painting in Wyoming with separate camera tripod
• Walk-on, walk-off
• Shoot the local signage
• Overall shot of setting
• Master shot of easel / setup
• 2-shot if I'm painting with a companion
• Super far away in crowd, talking

• Closeup shots of parts of scene
• Long hold of comparison for split screen (be sure action is center frame)
• Steadicam into scene
• Over the shoulder

• C/U of hands and feet for cutaway
• Artistic focus pull (use sparingly)
• Super-closeups of motif (LOCK-OFF)
• Tubes of color chosen
• Paint squeezing
• Paint mixing
• Choosing brush
• Brush POV (specialized shot with camera mounted on brush)

• “Here’s what I want to do”
• “My first step is to...”
• “Now I’m closing in on the finish..BUT”
• “I’m using this tool (show).”
• “I’ve got a problem…HOW TO FIX”

• Passersby
• Expert
• Reaction of owner
• “Tell me about this place”

• Looking over easel
• Looking up and down

• Who might stop me
• Time pressure
• Doubts
• Forgot materials
• Banter with painting companion

• POV of scene during painting
• Set up or takedown
• Dynamics of light, clouds, people

• Extended “room tone" of environment
• Selected sound cues: doors, etc.
• Lavalier mic clipped to drawing surface

• Location
• Step by step

Clockwise from upper left: camcorder, single-lens reflex, 
GoPro action camera, and point-and-shoot
I use a Canon VIXIA camcorder for most of my videos which gives me the necessary manual controls 
1. Focus lock
2. Manual exposure
3. Custom white balance a fold-out LCD screen, and an input port for external audio. If you get one video camera, a camcorder is the most versatile.

Canon EOS Rebel SLR camera with the kit zoom lens, plus a 50mm f/1.8 lens and a Canon 10-18mm wide angle
I sometimes use this camera for time lapse with an intervalometer.

I use a GoPro Hero3 Black mainly for time lapse. I combine those stills into a video clip using a free program called Time Lapse Assembler.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 pocket camera in a belt holster when I’m in the field. I rely on it for shooting stills and for getting extra video coverage when it’s not convenient to bring out the other cameras. In a pinch I often use this handheld and apply stabilization in post.

Ideally I put the camera on its own tripod, held out to the side on an extension bar,

Zoom H2n Handy Recorder
I use this both for field recording and for studio voiceover.
Audio-Technica Lavalier Microphone
Necessary for any on-camera talking
DIY Knitted Deadcat Windscreen
Better to make your own than buy an expensive one.

• WORKFLOW: 1. Visual edit, 2. Color correction, 3. Background audio, 4. Foley if necessary, 5. Voiceover, 6. Titles and Transitions
• Whenever possible, conceive of the piece as a 3-act story: Articulate goals, grapple with challenges, and figure out solutions.
• Use authentic sounds instead of music under time lapse. Use music only at the beginning and end if necessary for mood.

• Edit to match the speed of viewer's mind, not real time.
• If you change speed in a shot, tell the viewer what you're doing in VO.

Check out my painting tutorials on Sellfy
You can also get my videos on Gumroad
Link for all my videos on DVD at Kunaki. You can also get my DVDs at Amazon
Longer post on GJ: How to Video Your Art
Helpful filmmaking tutorials on the older uploads from Indy Mogul, Film Riot and Frugal Filmmaker

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Shot List for Art Videos


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