In our groups' preliminary video, we used Poppy and myself as the actors whilst James was in charge of filming. In the task, we had to include the use of 180 degree roll, match on action and shot reverse shot:
180 degree rule - This is a guideline in film making that states that two characters in the same scene should always have the same left/right relationship to each other. If the camera passes over the imaginary line connecting the two subjects, it is called crossing the line.
Match on action - This is a technique of continuity editing where an action commenced in the first shot is completed in the second shot, or an action in the first shot is mirrored by an action in the second shot.
Shot reverse shot - This is a film technique where one character is shown looking at another character, then the other character is shown looking back at the first character. This is a classical style of Hollywood continuity editing.
The task was to make a short, basic video of ourselves entering a room, walking across to the other side and having a conversation.
We wanted the video to have a range of shot types and angles, which I think we managed to complete well. After filming the video, we used a software called Final Cut, to edit and cut the shots.
If we were to do the video again, I think we would use different actors, even though the task was just for practice to get an idea of why these shot types are important and how they effect the flow of the video.