In my haste making videos in my spare time, I have strayed from the basics of video production that I learned doing grunt work for 7 summers at PBS. Some of my crappy videography is probably a subconscious desire to give my videos a raw, unproduced feel.
Today my sister sent me 6 smart tips. She’s a freelance producer at a major network, and I found this advice valuable. Had it come from my other sister (the one that told me I had a pear-shaped body when I was little) I might have been offended. But there’s some good stuff here. Watch to see if you notice a difference in my next videos.
I hate to be a snobby producer, but… I watch your stuff religiously, and you need to shoot better. Content is great, but its shot like a public access tv station. I can help.
- Never shoot yourself head on in an interview..always look from the
side (very ’60’)
- Do an establishing shot of your subjects (make them walk down a
corridor or have them typing at a desk. If they are athletes/celebs have
them throwing a football or doing something fun. Humanize your
- Put your camera on sticks. Handheld makes viewers nauseated.
Light them. If you don’t have HMI’s, at least use a desk lamp. They
- Get a LAV mic. Or a boom. Camera mics carry white noise such as screaming kids and people breathing
- Get a new camera. There are You Tube videographers with insane DVs.
- Hire a producer. Me. I can transform your business. At least on a freelance basis. I can be your California ‘stringer.’