How to Prepare your Video Shoot

Here’s a quick “behind the scenes” video to help you prep for your next video shoot. Plus, common on-camera mistakes that can be a challenge to fix in the edit!

This was fun to shoot! Keeping it fun and light makes for a better onscreen experience (from a presenter perspective) and for a better filming day!

If you are doing it all – remember to take production notes i.e. photograph your set, lighting set-up, camera placement/marks (I use clear packaging tape to mark off the carpet, duct tape can leave adhesive marks). Take voice notes if you are too busy to write (Evernote works well for this).

Perform a Post-shoot Autopsy

Perform a post-shoot autopsy or de-brief if you have a crew.

Take post-production notes:

  • What went really well?
  • What didn’t?
  • What would you like to try next?
  • Knowing what you know now – what could you have done better, changed, dropped completely?
  • How was your scripting? Too many words, need better chunking etc?
  • How did your timing and delivery go? Lot’s of mistakes? Word flubs etc? Brain fog?
  • How was your vocal quality i.e. did your voice tire? Sound flat? etc
  • How did your styling, makeup, hair products, clothing, accessories work out?
  • How well did your equipment perform? Any issues etc
  • Did you run on time or over? Costs?

Upload your notes to Evernote for future reference. It will save you so much time for future preps.

Sweat the Small Stuff

Oh, the sweat marks lol! Men, in particular, you do need to watch out for this while under studio lights. Deo will only do so much! If you are working hard you will sweat (this is normal its part of show business and it means that you are working hard) so in this instance,  do “sweat the small stuff” when it comes to your wardrobe choices.

You’ll note that stage presenters often resort to wearing dark shirts/jackets for this very reason to combat stage lighting. Keep this in mind the next time you are shopping for your on-camera wardrobe.

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Keep creating and keep it fun!

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