149: Telling Stories With a Camera

149: Telling Stories With a Camera


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Presented: Feb. 4, 2015

Actual In-Studio Demos with Actors

Each week, Larry Jordan presents a live, on-line, video training webinar discussing issues related to video editing and post-production. For a list of upcoming webinars, click here.

Duration: 43:00
File size: 450 MB (ZIP file)
Format: QuickTime movie (HD: 1280 x 720)

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Before you can edit, you need to record an image. And that takes a camera. The camera represents the point of view of the audience. This means that we can control what the audience sees and how they interpret it by carefully positioning the camera.

In this video training, host Larry Jordan takes you into the studio to illustrate camera angles and how to use them to tell stories with pictures. Specifically, Larry illustrates – using cameras and actors – how the relationship between camera position, lens angle, actor position and depth of field all contribute to the emotional impact of a shot.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • The 180-degree Rule and explain why it is important
  • Why “crossing the axis” is bad
  • The basics of camera positioning
  • How to “block” (position) actors
  • How to use depth of field
  • How to shoot an interview
  • How to shoot a conversation
  • How to shoot a dramatic dialog
  • How to position cameras to make your actors look their best
  • How changing camera position changes the emotional response of the audience


This beginning-level session is designed for anyone interested in better using their cameras in video production. It will also benefit editors looking to improve the emotional impact of their shots, as well as educators looking to explain camera angles and actor blocking to their students. These techniques apply to any camera and any video editing software.