A Simple Video

Find the storyboard you created for the last assignment. Today you are going to film that commercial that you storyboarded.
  1. If you haven't already done so, on your storyboard identify the kinds of shots you will use to fill each section of your video.
    • You would normally start with some type of establishing shot that shows what your location is.
    • You can pick from a few types of shots, for example
      • ECU (extreme close up). This would be called macro in still photography.
      • CU (close up). The subject fills the screen.
      • MCU (medium close up). You see the subject and some background. It's not really close but not really far.
      • MS (mid shot). This shot includes the subject and some amount of the background. You probably don't see the subject's entire body.
      • WS (wide shot). You can see the entire subject. The subject probably about fills the entire screen leaving the rest of the shot for background.
      • VWS (very wide shot). You can just see the subject. The idea of the shot is to identify the location of the subject.
      • EWS (extreme wide shot). Way out there. Your subject is not visible.
  2. On the storyboard, identify how long each section will take.
    • All the shots together should take about two minutes.
  3. Consider your locations.
    • What spot would be best for each of your shots?
    • You need to set things up somewhere close to the classroom, perhaps the hall, a stairwell, or just outside.
    • If space permits, you can this to your storyboard as well.
  4. What techniques will you use?
    • Panning
    • Zooming.
    • Framing.
    • Following.
    • Tracking.
  5. Do you need props, backgrounds or costumes?
  6. Your shots can be filmed out of order and assembled into the proper sequence.
    • Film all the shots in one location at the same time.
  7. Film the shots for your commercial.
  8. Load them into Adobe Premiere Elements.
  9. Rearrange them into the right order.
  10. Export them as a simple video of about two minutes in length.


  1. Is it one minutes? (2)
  2. Did it (roughly) follow the storyboard? (2)
  3. It is shot in multiple locations? (3)
  4. Is it shot with multiple types of shots? (3)
James Dykstra,
May 19, 2015, 8:30 AM