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In Premiere Pro CS4 Beyond the Basics, Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins explains how to take video editing from simple nuts and bolts to an art form. He shares tips for shooting video in the field to get the most from a subject and get the best footage for a project. He demonstrates how to build a project through the careful use of cutaways, pacing, and suggestive edits. He covers special effects, color correction, and keying and compositing, integrating all these concepts as he builds a music video project from scratch. Exercise files are included with this course.
Closely related to the concept of framing is that of Emotional Space. Basically, Emotional Space says that we do allow room in the frame for characters to emote. For example, if you look at this shot from our music video from the Zen Chemists, we could see that we haven't really cut anything off, as far as the front of their face goes, but they are both looking forward, and we really don't have enough room for them to look forward. So it would be better framed with something like this, where they have this emotional room to look.
In every visual art form dealing with human beings, the eyes are really the most critical part. They are the window to the soul. So we have to make sure that as they are looking that they have this space to look. Now, another concept about Emotional Space is the way things are framed. Here in this shot of the Dream Job short, we see Christy Brown, and we have this wide shot. She is far away from us. We don't sense as much emotional closeness to her.
But later on, when we zoom in, then she is right here in our face, this close up brings her pain to us. We feel more of an emotional connection to us. So we have Emotional Space in terms of literal blank space for the line of sight, but also Emotional Space can refer to the composition of the frame. So here we have all the space and so again we have this emotional distance from her. And as we zoom in closely, we feel a little bit more of an intimate connection with the subject.
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