I love cameras. I hate cameras. Are you like me?
I take a lot of pictures, and often avoid being in them (a photo-catcher’s prerogative!). But sometimes we can’t avoid being in them. (photo-radar, group shots…)
This week, I have to be part of a series of STEM videos that I am putting together. I was looking for ways to not be on camera 90 percent of the time. Ergo, the table-top presentation.
In the TV news business, it’s called ‘Continuity and Cutaways.‘ A well-practiced art we are oblivious to. It works like this:
- Anchor introduces story, and station ‘cuts away’ to reporter.
- Reporter on camera takes over for a few seconds.
- Video cuts away to scene of story – the so-called B-roll footage. The reporters voice (arguably on ‘A-roll’) runs over the video and maintains continuity
- Studio cuts back to reporter, who wraps up story in a few seconds.
In total the reporter is on camera for a fraction of the time. Our brains fill in the gaps, and make us believe we were being addressed face-to-face. I hope to really shrink that fraction. Let’s see.
Note: For a good understanding of the cutaway and B-roll, read Steve Johnson’s explanation here.