S3 | Shooting Stories That Sell: 3-Step Directing And Visualization Exercise
3-Step Directing And Visualization Exercise
- Imagine you are directing a film. Here’s your scenario: A couple, road tripping from L.A. to Santa Barbara. Describe the shots that you need.
- Now, visualize what they (or you) would actually be doing in that scenario. Rather than trying to describe the shots, imagine the story.
You’ll probably notice a difference between the way you imagined the shots you’d need as a director vs. just imagining yourself in the story. As photographers or cinematographers, we often wonder which shots we’ll need to tell a story, but we seldom put ourselves within the story to visualize how the story might actually play out.
- Once more, describe the shots you need. How did this list of shots change from the original list you made?
One of your greatest strengths as a storyteller will be your ability to empathize with the subjects in the story you’re telling.