The Five Shot Sequence
What is it?
- Popular filming technique.
- Uses five different shots to tell a story in a creative way.
- Dependent on “Sequences”
Shots in a five shot sequence (CCMOC):
Close-up of a piano player’s hands, then a close-up of his/her face, then a medium shot from head to waist showing person and piano in the shot, then an over-the-shoulder shot of the piano player to show whats happening from their point-of-view, then finally, a creative angle to finish the story with a perspective that people wouldn’t normally see - shoot through the opening of the piano toward the piano player or have another instrument in the foreground and show the piano player in the background.
What do these shots do for us?
- Close-up of hands - What is being done? Adds mystery because we don’t know who the person is. Engages the viewer
- Close-up of face - Who’s doing it? Frame well giving ‘talk space’ in front of the eyes/nose. REMEMBER - it’s okay to cut off the head, but never the chin. Try to show both eyes.
- Medium Shot - Where is this being done? Get context - environment, mood, and location info of the subject and their surroundings.
- Over-the-shoulder - How is it done? Combine previous three ideas into one shot. Establishes a POV and human interest.
- Creative - What else should the viewer know? What else is around the subject to add to environment, mood, atmosphere. Be imaginative, stand on a ladder, kneel down, lay on your belly, put elements in the foreground that help tell the story. This aids in showing location.
- Arrange the two examples provided into a five-shot sequence using the CCMOC style.
- Once that is done, use your phones to take 5 photos and create your own five shot sequence with a partner - this shouldn’t take longer than 10 minutes to do! The activity can be anything you choose - draw a picture, type a document, write your name, play a game, etc.
- Everyone must submit one of these! Work in partners so you have a subject to shoot - but both partners will be submitting their own PowerPoint as a PDF.
- You will then have 3 total sequences you created - 2 from the examples and 1 that you have shot yourselves - And don't forget to name your version of the Sequence!
- Once complete, submit the completed PowerPoint AS A PDF to the Server, call it "FSS_Your Name"