Tips and Best Practices
- Have clear idea about your story. Write a script, but be prepared to improvise.
- Know your camera. Select the best resolution settings and have plenty of memory.
- Get help! Enlist friends and family, and give them specific tasks (sound, lighting, set decorating, make-up, etc.)
- Get some extra gear. A cheap clip-on mic will improve sound hugely. Borrow or McGyver a tripod to get steady video results. Equipment can be rented too.
- Have a plan for how you’re going to capture your movie (shot list, schedule, lunch!). Give yourself the time you think you need to get it done, and then double it!
- If you're using a phone, hold the phone sideways (horizontal, not vertical).
- Don’t use the zoom; it may give you shaky footage.
- Get good audio! If possible, record with a clip-on mic or video microphones.
- Use light to your advantage. Avoid shooting into the sun; put it behind the camera. If you’re shooting indoors, use lights to make your actors look good.
- Use a video editing program on your computer or get someone to edit it for you!
- Try to remove video that doesn't 'add' to your story. This is the purpose of editing.
- Add music, titles, graphics. etc. Punch it up!
- Show it to friends & family for honest opinions. It’s your project, but others have to 'get it’.
- Test screen your video on a bigger screen than your phone. Make sure it looks and sounds good before outputting and uploading your submission to YouTube.