Gentile Quick Tip #5: Shoot the Journey

Backpack journalists should document characters as they move from one scene to another. Always shoot the journey, be it by foot, car, plane or train. Shoot his/her feet hitting the pavement, hands on the steering wheel, face in the rear view mirror. Shoot through the windshield and out the window as the scenery passes by. If possible, shoot the character moving into frame and out of the frame. All this allows a smoother transition between scenes, and provides an opportunity to construct another dramatic arc. Before he/she leaves, ask, “Where are we going?” Upon arrival ask, “Where are we now?” Because you are carrying your gear in your backpack, you have the mobility to do this.