I realize there are 2 ways to illustrate a script with stock footage.

One way is to simply use footage that matches what the script is about, for example for a script that talks about being rich, the footage would show a man with many banknotes and a luxury car. That would turn into a boring illustration because it shows what we already know.

The other way is to use footage that correspond to a thought with an extra step and... this is the a concept I don't fully understand so I would like you to explain it, with many examples.

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Lord Privy Seal

(A privy is a slang UK english word for a toilet.)


Charlie Brooker - How to report the news:

Watch all of Adam Curtis. Love him or hate him, he knows how to use B-roll... It's all B-roll!

It's all about taste, and deciding what feels right in your video. There are conventions, but not rules. I highly recommend the book In the Blink of an Eye by Walter Murch.

It won't teach you any Adobe Premiere Shortcuts. It will make you think about how you edit.

  • Thanks for your answer but I would prefer something more readily applicable in my next youtube video. The first 2 videos are what not to do, Adam Curtis' documentaries are far from tutorials and the for book, maybe you could specify a chapter ? Nov 9, 2022 at 10:54

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