It’s crazy to think the single Introduction to Filmmaking course I took during my undergrad did not turn me into a pro filmmaker. Luckily, I work alongside a talented Film and TV student at my internship, so I had the opportunity to get involved in a film development project. Film isn't something you can learn in a few days, but I did pick up a few tips.
1) Question preparation
Having your questions prepared in advance is important for two reasons. One, so you can prepare the participant. Two, so you can get participants. One of the first questions many people asked was what questions they would have to answer.
2) Decide the visuals in advance
This includes the background, the camera placement, the crop and zoom, and where the participant is going to look during the interview. Changing the background was integral for our video, but having people looking in different directions and filmed at different angles was extremely distracting.
3) Think in sound bites
For our video in particular, we had students discussing different experiences. You don't realize until you're in the editing room the amount of repetition and fluff that can be cut out. Thus, listen to their answers and choose a single, quotable line. Get them to repeat that at the end for easier editing.
4) Record 30 seconds of silence
It may sound silent, but your audio system will pick up various noises. During editing, you can use this recording to make the segments more consistent. This is especially important when you're filming on different days and at different times.
5) Prepare for few different videos
You may realize half way through the process that what you had in mind isn't working. To save yourself from backtracking or losing a lot of content, gather footage and ask questions that will allow you to create a few different videos. Thus, if something doesn't work, you have backup.
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A Boston girl via Toronto. University of Toronto, Sheridan College, and Boston University alumna. Passionate about ending domestic violence. Hoping to never go a day without carbs or chocolate.