b. Equipment must also show all four sides plus three-quarter views along
with CU of any handles, knobs, nameplates, or special features (cut-ins or
c. As an example, you are documenting a captured
weapons. The following set of shots should be taken.
(1) A LS showing the location of the building to include surrounding
(2) A MS showing the outside of the building. This shot should have a
scale of some sort. Note that the scale must be alongside the building so that
its size can be measured.
(3) More MS of all sides of the building.
(4) A series of CU showing doors, windows, nameplates, address plates,
and other identifying features.
Each CU should be preceded by a MS or LS
showing its relation to the building. Again a scale should be in the scene.
(5) After the outside of the building is documented, you must get shots
inside showing what the building contains.
(6) If weapons are stored in cases, get a LS of the cases in relation
to the building; e.g., are the cases in only one corner, or is the building
full of cases?
(7) Next a MS showing one or two cases of weapons.
Try to show any
identifying marks on the cases.
(8) This is followed by
special features of the case.
(9) Next comes a RS showing the pile of cases.
(10) Now a MS showing a case being opened. Make sure that the case with
its markings visible is the same case opened in this scene.
(11) Using the same pattern, show the weapons, special features and
markings with CU and ECU shots.
Again, use a scale for these shots.
someone operate (dry fire) the weapon (if possible) while you film.
(12) Finally, back out of the room with RS and MS until you finish with
a LS of the overall building and area.
Documentation of subjects must follow the basic techniques of filming but
must include certain scenes that may not make for a "good" movie.
documenting you are mainly interested in showing the commander what happened
and why it happened. If you have good exposure and camera handling techniques
along with following the principle of basic sequence, you should obtain good
usable documentation footage.