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Lesson | 2 Hours

In-Camera Edit


Learn how to become a better visual storyteller by analyzing and creating your own video sequences.

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this lesson, students will successfully:

  • IDENTIFY at least 5 camera angles and define what is a sequence.
  • PLAN their own sequences by creating a SHOT LIST.
  • RECORD the actions on the shot list using a camera or phone.

Note: This lesson requires basic knowledge of camera operation (DSLR or phone), shot composition, and the simple use of editing software (importing, adding to timeline, exporting). It is recommended that those skills are taught before doing the activities in this lesson.

Media Literacy Connection

Analyzing how video shots and scenes are constructed will help students think critically about image construction and creation in the media they consume in their daily lives.


A sequence is a series of shots of an action or scene. A classic action sequence consists of a combination of at least three shots of an action in sequential order.

Shot List

A document with the details of each shot of the scene or action sequence you plan to record. It contains the Shot Number, Composition/Angle, and Description.

SOT (Sound on Tape)

Generally considered to be audio captured from an individual who is on camera, like an interviewee and may also be referred to as a soundbite.

Extreme Long Shot

Commonly used as an establishing shot.

Long Shot / Wide Shot

Full shot of the person or location. Full body.

Medium Shot

Half body, normally from the waist up.

Close Up

Close Up of the face including neck and shoulders in the shot. Also used for objects.

Extreme Close Up

Shows parts of a person or object in detail.

Over-the-shoulder Shot

Shows a person’s back of head and shoulder looking at someone or something.

Creative shots

These can include low/high angles, dollies, POVs (point-of-view), rack focus, etc.

Speaking and Listening - Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

Demonstrate technical support related to media production (e.g., broadcast, video, web, mobile).

Evaluate technological advancements and tools that are essential to occupations within the Arts, A/V Technology & Communications Career Cluster.

Language - Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

Digital Citizenship

Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical. (ISTE)

Demonstrate the use of basic tools and equipment used in audio, video and film production.

Creative Communicator

Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals. (ISTE)

Plan and deliver a media production (e.g., broadcast, video, web, mobile).

Demonstrate technical support skills for audio, video and film productions.

Speaking and Listening - Comprehension and Collaboration



Video Production

Digital Literacy/Citizenship








Online Worksheet

Camera or Mobile Phone


Estimated Time

2 Hours