Tips and Best Practices


  1. Have clear idea about your story. Write a script, but be prepared to improvise.
  2. Know your camera. Select the best resolution settings and have plenty of memory.
  3. Get help! Enlist friends and family, and give them specific tasks (sound, lighting, set decorating, make-up, etc.)
  4. 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.
  5. 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!


  1. If you're using a phone, hold the phone sideways (horizontal, not vertical).
  2. Don’t use the zoom; it may give you shaky footage.
  3. Get good audio! If possible, record with a clip-on mic or video microphones.
  4. 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.


  1. Use a video editing program on your computer or get someone to edit it for you!
  2. Try to remove video that doesn't 'add' to your story. This is the purpose of editing. 
  3. Add music, titles, graphics. etc. Punch it up!
  4. Show it to friends & family for honest opinions. It’s your project, but others have to 'get it’.
  5. 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.

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