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?
I didn’t plan on doing any more blogging in 2011, but… People who follow me on Facebook and/or Twitter know I directed the Christmas Eve special at Bethel Church Drachten (almost 6000 visitors spread over three services). I couldn’t resist but to upload a few video stills of the broadcast (these images are from the very first minute of the program). The stage design is just phenomenal!
If you want to know why New York City is like magic during the Holidays, just look at the photo above. It’s the famous Rockefeller Christmas Tree (the photo is from 2008).
Merry Christmas to you all!