With just two weeks remaining until I start shooting my first video, I do want to offer some tips for those who want to get into movie making.
The first and most important tip I can give to you is practice, practice practice being comfortable on camera! What I mean is just power on (but don't record) the camera, and just stare into it. This will help you feel more relaxed and also help build your confidence. Being on camera for the very first time can be nerve wrecking, but by practicing on a powered on (but once again, not recording) camera, you'll get used to being filmed.
The second piece of advice I have is once the camera is on, just start talking (don't worry about reading off a script yet. You should concentrate more on feeling comfortable talking). You can talk about your cat, dog, day at work (or school), whatever. This will help by feeling comfortable speaking while on camera. This will also reduce the chance for stuttering, slurred speeches, and overall nervousness. As you progress, not only will you feel more comfortable speaking, you're also building confidence in your public speaking (after all, someone worldwide will be watching your videos, and THEY WILL know confidence from nervousness).
The third piece of advice I can give is make sure the camera isn't shaky or in a position where the camera can disrupt your video making experience. A solid tripod (or surface) can make all the difference in your video making.
The fourth piece of advice is make sure the lighting is sufficient. You don't want too many lights because that will be taking away the natural look of the environment of your video. You also don't want it to be too dark because then people will think you're either forgot to pay your electric bill or you're shooting a horror flick (the latter of which is less likely).
My last piece of advice is make sure the environment you're shooting is quiet of background noises (if you're shooting outdoors, this can be omitted). Having non-essential background noise can make your video less appealing and a lot more difficult for them to hear you because the attention is the noise that's going on somewhere else.
This is just a start into the world of videography and film making. There's plenty more of helpful tips out there, but it's up to you to find those tips for yourself.
Now that I've mentioned that I'm going to be making videos, here are a few things that will clear up any and all confusion.
Alright, I hope that this clarifies things. If not, then that's too bad!
A few months ago, I wrote a blog about when I'd be making videos. Well, the news is that the videos are coming sooner than I expected. But there's a catch: I have to do some practice first before I get started with the videos.
One thing to keep in mind is that I'm not making these videos for fun. I'm making these videos as part of my portfolio. I want future employers to see my work (even if it does suck, at least I have proof that I've done this), and I want to convince them that this is what I want to do.
Speaking of my portfolio, am I going to have a YouTube channel? The answer is maybe. I will only do this on two conditions: the first being that the account is verified (meaning it really is me that's doing this). The second being that YouTube gives me my creative freedom.
So what exactly am I going to be making? Well, like the blogs you're reading, and the articles I've posted on Examiner.com, I will be making videos based on these, except that I'd be going into much more depth. It may sound like a boring grind, but now I'll have the power to do a first person review rather than a third person review (I'm also aware that I've done some of the blog posts in first person, but like I said, more depth).
I will also be making some short films based on some of my writing (hint: one of the poems that's on my portfolio will be my first short film).
With all this said, I'm looking forward to creating videos. I don't want this to be for fun, I want to get into a career in the multimedia field (hopefully in the Twin Cities), and I want to use both my writings and my videos as my portfolio to show employers.
To conclude the whole thing, what's going to be my first video? I'll give you a hint: Move the GLOW!
Ken Kriho is an upcoming videographer. He has a YouTube channel (link at home page). Ken is also a graduate with a degree in Art from UWEC.