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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Shooting Video Advice

By SFXsource

You don't have to be a professional to start making short films and videos. No matter what kind of camera you have, these tips will help you create professional looking videos. A lot of what you do to make a fantastic video is in post-production, however, you will absolutely need some well-shot footage. First, figure out what you want to document. Find an interesting person to make a short film about. Leave the tripod behind, use a steady hand, and go off on an adventure.

1. When first starting off, don't move the camera. To capture movement, you can have a still frame. Simply hold the camera still, and let movement pass in and out of the frame. If you start getting good, you may learn to pan the camera.

2. Get a close-up shot. Not only does it draw attention to the action, but it gets the viewer engaged. Don't be afraid to stick the camera in someone's face.

3. Get an 'over the shoulder' shot. This is a great shot because it makes the viewer feel as though they are among the action. Don't be upset if the person moves in and out of the frame.

4. An overview shot will tie in the previous shots- take a step back and get all the action in one frame. Walk around (not while you are recording) and get shots from all around.

5. After you get the critical shots, experiment with other angles. Try shooting from up high, or getting down low. Rarely do you want to "zoom." If you want to get a close-up, all you have to do is move yourself closer in.

Ideally, hold each shot for 10 seconds. Following your instincts is good, rely on what your eye is drawn to. Now, with a number of different shots you can put together a great film.

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