There is so much to consider when filming but no matter what type of video you’re filming, here are RBH Productions’ 10 basic tips for you to get going.
Make sure your camera is focused for every shot unless you’re going for an effect. Blurry footage is irritating to watch. If you’re not sure then autofocus is always an option.
2. Filming steady
Unless you are going for a handheld effect, smooth steady shots make a massive difference. When you can, always use a tripod so your shots are steady and smooth for moving shots. Then use your spare time to practice getting a steady hand for times when you need to shoot handheld.
3. Framing for filming
Don’t just press record. Take time to set up your shots and think about what frame you want. Of course you get to add your own creativity but consider what you are trying to achieve and make sure your angles reflect that.
“Half of the storytelling ability is sound.” The sound is vital in your recording. Be sure to film in quiet spaces if possible, especially for interviews and if you don’t have an external mic then the person talking should be close to the camera. In the edit if you add a music track where there is talking be sure to lower the track so the voices can be heard well over the track.
If you’re limited with lighting, film in well lit areas. Use as much natural/daytime lighting as possible for the best results but also be careful that your shots are not over exposed. A tip when outdoors is to position your subject facing sunlight to avoid them being badly lit.
6. Film landscape
It sounds like common sense but we’ve seen it so we’re including it here. A digital camera shouldn’t be turned on it’s side to film and if you’re using any other device e.g. a smartphone then landscape is the way to go for video.
Think and prepare for the location you want to use beforehand. Also, use locations that make sense to the subject matter and what you are trying to achieve. It all adds to the final piece.
If you’re filming an interview, documentary, short film, etc. do some research on that particular style. Watch similar content for inspiration and take note to implement it in what you’re trying to achieve.
When you’re filming have the edit in mind and consider how it’ll come together. If you’re not at a certain level to edit, get someone who is to help out or just keep it basic and stick to basic cuts. It’s easy to spoil a good piece of work with a bad edit. Remember it’s a video piece not a powerpoint so there’s no point using fancy effects if it doesn’t compliment your work.
10. Be creative
Have fun! With all these tips in mind don’t forget that it’s your artwork. Don’t be afraid to add your creative touch.