Shooting Great B-roll
One of the often overlooked elements to a documentary filmmaker’s footage is their B-roll. And the biggest reason that I have to make this assumption is the copious amounts of really really bad looking B-roll that is out there in the world. Hell, there was even an amazing viral video a few years back all about this! (See link farther on in the Show Notes.)
So in our first segment we explore what works and certainly what doesn’t when it comes to shooting B-roll for your doc, including a list of tips that can make your B-roll be the best damn b-roll it can be! Among other things, we’ll take a look at:
- the importance of a good tripod head & sticks
- how to achieve quality exposition shots
- incorporating B-roll as counterpoint to an interviewee’s dialogue
- drone shots & dolly moves
I was proud to be joined by two extraordinary individuals who have made a name for themselves in the commercial and documentary world. Through their post production outfit, Coat of Arms, Jonathan Lacocque and Clara Lehmann, produce creative ideas for their clients, make their own documentary films, and raise their family. And they have found a way to do all of these things from their tiny little slice of Shangri-La, also known as Helvetia, West Virginia, USA.
We Got That B-roll! The amazing viral sensation.
Watch Jon and Clara’a short film Called Home:
Watch A Perfect Soldier in its entirety:
Watch Coat of Arms‘ Lullaby Theories: Same Same But Different
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