In the end we want to have as much good quality footage as possible as that will give you and us the best choices when we edit your work, so always:
- Take your phone with you so that you can spontaneously capture anything that happens that you want to record from your experience of the world.
- Try to get into the habit of shooting something every day or two – just something short – so that it becomes something natural for you to do. You will find you start to see things differently, that you are thinking about what is visually interesting in the world around you, which is a great habit to form as a filmmaker.
- Try not to make your work last minute! (I know this is really hard!). To get the most from the project try to instil capturing footage as a regular activity and try to schedule some time to put it together a few days before the deadline so that we can help you if you hit problems. This will always be better for you than having a panic the night before the session!
- Always be yourself. We want to get to know you so try to relax into making this work. The more stuff you make, the more natural it will start to feel.
- Always try to make your work feel spontaneous and fresh. If you script something (because you are more comfortable doing that) learn what you are going to say so well that you can make it sound like you are making it up on the spot.
- Try to always think ‘story’ – what is the story you are telling? What’s the question that you are wondering about? Is there a theme or message you want to get across? (We will do some more work on this together in the New Year)
- Brevity – always try and keep it snappy.
- Always shoot in the highest resolution you can access on your phone. This creates greater options for us later in terms of where we can screen the final work.
- Please can you ALWAYS shoot this on your phone in landscape not portrait.
- Don’t put an in-camera grade or other effect on the material because if you do it will be harder to edit together with other material later.
- Avoid including material we can’t licence – e.g. music, commercial films, TV, games other than your own etc.
- Try to make sure sound is good. Try to avoid noisy venues, close windows when loud traffic noise present. If there is background noise try to show the source of it so that we have a context.
- Make sure you’re not too far away from the microphone. Do a little test to make sure that the sound is recording clearly before you go for your longer video.
- Don’t use commercial music either in the background or deliberately.
- Try to always shoot in well lit places.
- Don’t shoot in front of windows as camera may struggle.