New Media Interchange

Elsewhere: Why is Video Hard? Five Shots and Patterns

Never heard of this method before, but it sounds liks something that could jumpstart a lot of beginning new media people. Give it a read! — Douglas

Why is Video Hard? Five Shots and Patterns


One of the most famous, and useful of these, is Michael Rosenblum’s “five shot” method that he developed training journalists from the NY Times to the BBC. It’s actually something he’s preached since the late 1990s, and those who are fortunate enough to learn it get an insight into shooting better video, immediately.

I’ve successfully used this in the classroom to teach visual literacy, because it hones in immediately on what’s important. The five shot method always prescribes these, shot in this exact order (my handout here):

  1. A closeup on the hands of a subject – showing WHAT is happening
  2. A closeup on the face – WHO is doing it
  3. A wide shot – WHERE its happening
  4. An over the shoulder shot (OTS) – linking together the previous three concepts
  5. An unusual, or side/low shot – providing story-specific context”

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Filed under: Elsewhere, In The Field, New Media, Tips

Book Reading: Mastering Monologues and Acting Sides: How to Audition Successfully for Both Traditional and New Media

Mastering monologues

Douglas E. Welch here.

My wife, Rosanne Welch, will be attending a book signing on Thursday, October 13 at 7pm at Book Soup on Sunset Blvd for this book by Janet Wilcox that includes a chunk of scenes from one of her unproduced pilots. There will also be a reading held in New York City.

Rosanne and I met Janet while teaching at UCLA Extension and she asked if Rosanne had any unproduced work she could consider – and ended up really liking the one she sent.  So though Rosanne never saw the piece performed on film, she now knows tons of aspiring actors are using her words to polish their craft. Kind of fun.

I have also been a guest speaker on new media and podcasting at Janet’s UCLA Extension Voiceover class for the last 2 years.

Working voice actors, some our friends, will be reading scenes included in the book for a live demonstration of voice acting.

According to “Mastering Monologues and Acting Sides: How to Audition Successfully for Both Traditional and New Media” by Janet Wilcox teaches actors how to audition for anything from webisodes to Shakespeare. Scripts, acting technique tips, and exercises keep a performer toned and ready, while industry experts give advice on how to audition professionally.

Book Soup

October  13th – 7PM-9PM

1818 Sunset Blvd.W. Hollywood, CA 90069


Actors Connection

Sat. Oct. 22nd – 2:30-4:30

630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1410(between 44th & 45th)New York, NY 10036

Filed under: Books, Events, New Media

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