Choosing a Place to Film
In today’s post I’ll cover some tips on how to decide where to film your project. Here is where you get to play!! There isn’t a film maker worth anything who didn’t spend even a little time trying out ideas, before they went public with the results. To get the best you can from your film, spend a while playing with different set ups and locations and play back the results. Choose which location, best suits the projects you are filming.
- Gather your filming equipment and set it up.
- Ensure you have a charged battery, and if you have a camera that uses film, that you have film in it.
- Attach the camera to the tripod and you are ready to go.
- Next gather the sort of items you wish to be in your film.
- Remember this is just a trial run, if you are going to try a project tutorial, like I make, have a few pieces of paper in the colours you often use and some of the tools you would use for a project on your table.
- Experiment with different camera angles/views and also where you film.
- Press record and have a play.
This is just a rehersal to learn which locations are best to film in, you don’t need hours of film at this stage, just have fun.
One of the things to decide early on, is weather or not you want to be seen by the camera.
- Where you position the camera will affect whether it can see you or not!
- If you don’t want to be in the film; set up the camera in front of you but pointing straight down onto your table.
- You will need to rotate your camera’s screen so you can see what it is looking at. You don’t HAVE to constantly stare into the screen but you will get a much better result if you keep an eye on it when filming to make sure what you are doing stays in shot!
- If you do want to be in front of the camera; do make sure that your audience ‘ie the camera’ can see what you are doing. A wide shot will show lots of you and your surroundings but if you are doing a film to show the world how to do a technique, they will need a ‘closer’ look to see what is happening.
- If you have a friend who can be your cameraman/woman, they can zoom in for detail and back out, to focus on you when you are just talking.
As you know I don’t appear on camera in my films, here is the set up which works well… on a bright day anyway
As you can see the camera is right next to a window so uses natural lighting, I have placed white paper on the table to make the film as bright as possible. I used this set up for my first Cuttlebug film.
For a Great Film…Make a Plan
- Don’t rush a project, but do have a plan. LONG descriptions on films are time consuming and can be boring to watch. Short projects, with short step by step sections, keep the viewer interested. I will describe how adding transitions during the editing stage can break up longer sequences in Part 5 of this tutorial series.
- In previous articles, I wrote about how to plan what to put on a blog and how to write tutorials. You will achieve much better videos with just a little time and thought planning what you want to achieve, before you film. Follow the links to the earlier articles, which will help you decide what you might consider before filming.
I’ve made a film, what’s Next?
If you have found the perfect location and have filmed an entire project, play it back to view what you have produced. Unless you are really happy with what you have created, don’t yet feel tempted to upload it anywhere just yet. Before you upload your video to the world, if you can bare to hold on to your creation just a little longer, have a look at some more of this series of articles.
Editing the film, however great you think it is right now, will make a huge difference to the finished result. Editing isn’t just about cutting out the bits that might have gone wrong, but also adding titles, pictures and maybe narration if you have filmed in silence.
Coming up in Part 4:
Lighting; How you can improve the lighting for your film.
This video by Erin Michelle is another way to record your film, if you want to stay out of shot :)
If you would like to see the videos I’ve made so far, here is my home on You Tube.
Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon