I’m excited to share this video with you!
It introduces something I call a “Small Story Video”. It’s a way of telling a story effectively with video in a short amount of time.
Watch this video to see how it works:
As you’ll see, these techniques are also useful for telling big stories with video (for example, documentaries).
I hope this is helpful to you!
Post Updated October 11, 2017
This Small Story submission comes from Pat Whitty. It features a painter named Bill Zaner. Take a look…
Here are some of the strengths I noticed from Pat’s video:
- It contains a variety of shots: inside the RV, outside the RV, landscapes, sunrise, interview shots.
- Related to the above note — It uses several cut-away shots to give us a sense of time and place.
- Pat uses interview footage directly, and he also uses the audio from the interview as effective voice-overs during B-roll cutaways.
Overall, this is another nice example of a Small Story video.
Side note — Not sure what a Small Story is? Check out my Small Stories Manifesto.
This Small Story submission is from Richard Beaugh.
It has a different tone from some of the other Small Stories I’ve shared. It’s a more serious tone, but you’ll see the Small Story concept still works.
- It’s under two minutes.
- It’s the simple story of a World War II soldier taking photos the day he helped liberate Dachau.
- It uses documentary-style storytelling techniques such as interviews and B-roll (cutaway photos in this case).
I think Richard did a nice job with this which is why I’m sharing it with you here.
This Small Story submission comes from Mark DiNatale.
He shot it in about 30 minutes and spent about an hour editing.
I think it fits the spirit of the Small Story concept well.
- It tells a story in under two minutes.
- It uses documentary-style storytelling techniques.
- The piece isn’t trying to be a polished, professional piece. It’s simply a way to practice telling stories.
As you watch it, do you get a sense that you could do it too? I hope so… One of the main reasons I’m sharing all these Small Story examples is so you’ll get inspired and give it a try.
This Small Story video is special to me because it was shot and edited by my 17 year-old son, Blake.
He took me up on my challenge to make an interesting Small Story video, and to do it without using music — which can be difficult even for seasoned video creators.
I think his Small Story turned out pretty well.
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