A while ago, I read an interesting article. I don’t know if it’s true, but I learned that the angle/shot of a typical tv production changes once every six seconds (on average). This includes parts where the cut is really fast (1-2 seconds) and parts where it takes much longer (10-12 seconds).
I know this ‘6 seconds rule’ isn’t a law and the speed of a broadcast depends on the speed of the program. Nonetheless, I sometimes try to stimulate the team and myself to move faster by urging them (and myself) to reach this arbitrary goal of six seconds per shot/angle on average.
Most often Always, we fail doing so (in our defense, sometimes we get really close). But with this video (above), I think we might reach our ‘goal’. Let’s see…
Duration: 225 seconds / Number of shots: 30
So, 225 divided by 30 equals… ehm… let’s see… 7,5. Aargh… I guess we have to try again next year…
UPDATE: It turns out we did reach the ‘goal’ of 6 seconds per shot/angle, but not with this clip. Instead, it’s this video, which has a duration of 187 seconds and has 32 cuts. This is an average of 5,8 seconds per shot. Wow!
Let’s do another one. Look for the differences between this video and this video (start the second video at 11.29 min). The intro of the first clip feels much faster, which prompted me to count the number of shots. Surprisingly, both clips have six shots before Heine starts to sing. For those interested, the first video has 32 shots while the second video ‘only’ has 28. For me, there’s a clear winner. Which video do you think is the best?
Sometimes, it’s good to start off with a bang… which is exactly what we did a couple of days ago. We started our Christmas Eve specials (four in total) with drums and a spectacular dance. For those interested, compare this video with the first four minutes of this video. Look for the differences (there are two ‘major’ ones).
I know which version I like most. How about you?
During the past days, I directed the Global Leadership Summit in Drachten. It’s an annual training event for church, ministry and other leaders to sharpen their leadership skills. In Drachten, many of the talks are delivered via videocast and some are live. In addition, this local Summit includes lots of music and singing, which happens live on our stage.
As director, I absolutely love this conference, because the Global Leadership Summit is one of the few events I direct, where I’m able to listen to some of the talks (and even make notes) as well.
During the course of two days, I listened to incredible speakers like Bill Hybels, Patrick Lencioni, John Ortberg, Craig Groesschel and Jim Collins. Most stories were incredible interesting and very instructive. We learned about Amundsen’s and Scott’s ‘race to the South Pole’, why visions are most vulnerable ‘in the middle’, what core values (should) mean for organizations, why it is very important to have a blend of creativity + discipline + a certain amount of paranoia, why Southwest is such a successful airline and what the greatest danger to an organization is.
If I have to mention one particular talk, it would be the one of Patrick Lencioni (who spoke via videocast). I was so taken away by his talk, that I completely lost track of time. For any regular conference goer, this isn’t a problem… But for me it most surely is! As director, I’m supposed to keep an eye on the clock and know what’ll happen next. This allows me to instruct the crew and make sure the transition between videocast and the live-stage part goes smooth. Most often, this is exactly what I do… but not this time. Being almost too late, I realized we had to switch from telecast to the live-stage part in 48 seconds from now… Luckily, no-one in the audience will ever know that this director almost forgot to do his duty… 48 seconds… pfeeeuw…
One festival, 4000 people, hundreds of volunteers, seven bands, dozens of technicians and I was there being part of a great camera crew…
It’s been four days, but I guess I still suffer the Post Show Syndrome… luckily my next project starts tomorrow… Square 2012!