Q&A: shooting for the edit

When self shooting, how do you know what shots you need for your editor in order to best tell your story? This is a record of our #CoPWorkshop with BBC Academy trainer Ian Hider answering your questions about shooting for the edit.

This is a record of our @BBCCoP live Twitter #CoPWorkshop, your chance to have your questions answered on shooting for the edit.

Many of you use cameras but time in the edit is rare. How do you know what’s right and wrong? What story do you want to tell the viewer? BBC Academy trainer Ian Hider answered your questions about shooting for the edit. 

Date:Tuesday 16 October
Time: 1pm-2pm
Twitter: @BBCCoP
Hashtag: #CoPWorkshop
Title: What’s the story? Shooting for the edit
Host: Ian Hider

"What’s the story, what’s the action, what are the shots, have a plan." – Ian Hider

1. Every stage of the production process should be creative. The edit can only be creative if you have the right shots

2. Don’t spray and pray! Know what story you want to tell the viewer and plan your shots accordingly.

3. Have a plan. With a plan you can adapt, evolve and improve. Without one you flounder and waste time. 

4. For every shot you film get another that will allow you to edit it. A good selection of static shots are more flexible in the edit.

5. Make sure you shoot long enough (count to ten Ian Hiders!). And shoot cutaways. They allow you to leave the action and return once it’s moved on.

Ian Hider is currently a full time trainer with the BBC Academy College of Production. He joined the BBC in 1984 and trained as a camera operator at Television Centre and on outside broadcasts. He was involved in setting up the original studios at Elstree were he worked as a senior technical operator, doing all the technical jobs in the studio and on location.

Below is the timeline of the Twitter conversation as recorded by Storify.Com.