Five Shot Sequence for Videographers: Tutorial and Example by Dr. Mu Lin

Dr. Mu Lin has put together an excellent tutorial on the five shot sequence filming technique. It utilizes "five different shots to depict an activity." In his open course Audio Slideshow Storytelling, students need to study a tutorial and create a sequence.

"In a five-shot sequence, the first shot is a close-up. The next shot is a close-up of the subject's face. For the third shot, move back from the action and capture a medium shot of the subject. Next, move to an "over-the-shoulder" shot. Standing just behind the subject, shoot downward toward the action — hands on the keyboard, for example — showing what's happening from a point-of-view.

For the final shot, think of the most creative composition possible. You might use an unusual angle, shooting from the ground or high above the subject's head, or you might move far away and capture an extreme wide-angle shot."

Here is a link to Dr. Mu Lin's blog. Below are links to additional resources provided by Dr. Mu Lin.