I’m self-trained in drone videography. While I feel confident that my shots are professional, I’m lacking the language to label/keyword them in my editor for easy retrieval, or to communicate with a team member effectively. Some are easy to translate from standard videography, such as a wide, pan, tilt, or follow the action. Others, I’ve adapted from the dolly terminology, such as a side to side while facing forward type of shot (dolly, essentially, but is there something better?). I’ve also borrowed Point of Interest from the DJI controller, which circles around the subject. I can’t help but feel like I’m missing out on easy keywording and retrieval because there’s so many types of shots I have but also only have cumbersome and literal terms for them. Here are some attempts at labelling and what they describe.
- flying forward fast while rising in altitude (takeoff?)
- staring straight down (bird’s eye?)
- Rising or descending without panning or tilting. (rising reveal?)
- Flying forward while looking backwards (rear view mirror?)
Care to share your list of terms? Which are industry standards, and which ones have you come up with yourself?