How to construct a simple compelling video

by Barry Andersson2 Comments

Ok. Maybe you aren't interested in making mountain bike films. But this clever video shows you the basics for creating compelling and successful videos.

I think it is good for everyone to review some of the basic building blocks of how to make a good video.

I have never seen the rule of 3 x 3 explained in this way.

I know you will find this video a worthwhile watch.

Here are a few of the tips they give you in the video

#1- Come up with an idea.
#2- Tell a story.
#3- Remember people are interested in people.
#4- Introduce your characters.
#5- Show their faces.
#6- Let the audience know how they feel.
#7- Use a tripod.
#8- Don't zoom.
#9- Learn the rule 3 x 3.
#10- Watch the video to find out the rule of 3 x 3.


Via Filme von Draussen on Vimeo:

These are some of the things I learned during the last couple of years, making films out there on the trails. If you are serious about action sports filmmaking, check out our workshop:

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  1. This is silly. “Use a tripod, don’t zoom”

    There are no steadfast rules for good storytelling, especially not these arbitrary ones. Experimentation and trial and error leads to success.

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