Myth 5: Storytelling in stills doesn't translate to the moving image
"In photography, sometimes you have one money shot. In video, you can also have one money shot, but you have to continue telling something. And sequence is your friend to tell it," Javier explains.
"One teacher told me, 'You are responsible for every frame you take.' So, it's like you are a photographer with each frame. But sometimes photographers do videos just like a picture, with no narrative or connection between the shots. When you shoot video, you have to think in terms of narrative – something more than just simple shots. You have to guide the viewers through different scenes to tell the whole story."
There are many similarities between stills storytelling and the moving picture. You still need to have hero shots, plus additional shots to move the story along.
"I always have a shot list that helps me to tell a story and continue the narrative, as well as having some time for improvising. It's important to have a master shot, with which you can tell the whole story. After that, you should cover some other angles."
The aesthetics of stills move with you to video, and just take on additional elements. "It's more about how you move the camera, and whether the light is good for every shot you want to do. It's so similar to stills, but at the same time has to work in different angles. You have to think about frame rate, about whether you want to see it in slow motion or normal speed, and about how people move, not just one pose. You can also start thinking about beautiful movements from one shot to another."
Find out more about Canon filmmaking kit, and how it can help you to shoot video, by visiting the Canon stand at IBC 2019.