5 Videography Tips to Help You Make a Professional Video
When you’re creating a video, there are many things to keep in mind, from the script for the video to the post-production process. How professional do you want to make your video? If it is only for your friends and family, you may not need an entire team of people to make your video. But it’s still a good idea to consider how the professionals do it before you start shooting. Here are a few things to consider:
Purpose: What is the purpose of your video? Is it just something for friends and family or are other people going to be seeing it too? Is it a short film? A documentary? A commercial? You need to keep the purpose of your video in mind when you’re shooting as it will affect each step of the process.
Screenplay: In general, it’s a good idea to have a screenplay for your video no matter what type of video it is. Even if you don’t have any dialogue, you can just write down the different scenes and how you envision them going. If there is dialogue, try to keep it natural-sounding.
Location: Where are you going to shoot the video? Is it indoors or outdoors? What kind of location do you see it taking place in? Be sure to look at a few possible locations before you decide. If you are shooting outdoors, you may need to get a permit.
Cast: Who is going to act in your video? Is it someone you know? Or will you be auditioning for actors? There are websites on which you can check out the acting skills of various actors without having to ask them to come in in person. So take a look at a few of these videos and then make your decision.
Shooting: Once you’ve gone through the previous steps, you’re ready to start shooting. Do you have a camera person? How about a light and sound person? If you’re going to shoot it yourself with a handheld camera, make sure you think about the angles from which you’re shooting. When do you want close-ups and when do you want long shots? Just picture it all in your mind before you start.
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