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Comments Posted On :Set Design for Online Corporate Video


Posted By Jan Ozer on 8/12/2008 9:16:40 AM
Hey Curtis: Thanks for your note. Cramped spacing made it impossible to blur the background (maybe I will get that Red camera) and made lighting challenging. When shooting for streaming I prefer to hot lights rather than subtle, but that's just preference. Comments on composition (shelving and camera position) are spot on, as you probably know, it's tough to be DP, director, key grip and sound person all at once. I'll try to do better next time. Thanks again for your note.

Posted By Curtis Henson on 8/7/2008 10:16:22 AM
First off, let me say that I agree with a majority of Mr. Ozer's article. I am sure that professionals moving from events into corporate video production and streaming media will find much of this article very useful. Also, I appreciate Mr. Ozer's expertise in the field as I have purchased some of his materials in the past. I do have minor disagreements with a couple of his examples but none more than figure 6(the bookshelf shot). This shot is wrong on so many levels that I am a bit confused as to why Mr. Ozer would even begin to consider using it as an example. The camera angle on this shot is low which means that we have a great shot of the talent's neck and the underside of the bookshelves. The bookshelves cut into the talent's head on three occasions. The bookshelves are also in full focus and the talent is smack up against them which allows for no separation. While Mr. Ozer "embraces clutter" in one paragraph, in a previous paragraph he states that the background "should have as little detail as possible", and yet here we have a lot of detail in the words of the books. Finally the lighting is amateurish at best... flat, hot and ugly. The whole scene is awash. I realize that many offices are tiny and do not allow for shallow depth of field or extravagant lighting setups but to promote this shot as an example of good video is a disservice to those starting out in corporate video production. Finally, I might add that this type of production (talking heads) is really the the best for streaming media because there is little movement. Where most streaming media falls apart is with motion video and that is where the real art of compression comes into play. I mean no offense to Mr. Ozer as I look forward to his articles on a regular basis but I just couldn't let this example slide by without comment. Thanks, Curtis Henson

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