A lot of great stories have been portrayed through the lens and it might not be as hard as it looks. Sure, not all aspiring film directors can be the Steven Spielberg but we all got to start somewhere. If you don’t have thousands of dollars to spend of fancy camera equipment and editing programs, all you really need is your smartphone. And we’ve got the tips to help you produce your next Oscar-nominated film.
Film the entire video in one orientation – either landscape or portrait. Interchanging between the two will leave you with black bars on the sides, top, or bottom of the footage. This is a rookie mistake – don’t be a rookie.
To minimize audience nausea, minimize camera shakiness. Always hold your phone with two hands on each side of the phone, especially when tracking, panning, tilting, or moving with subjects.
Take advantage of effects on the newer iPhones, which include slow motion and time-lapse effects. Instead of speeding up or slowing down footage in post-production, you can now do it in high quality right from the start.
No matter what you are filming with – cameras or phones, always begin filming before action occurs. Similarly, do not stop rolling as soon as the action is finished. Rather, continue filming for several seconds after action concludes – this will allow for easy editing in post-production.
When filming outdoors, minimize wind noise by covering the mic with your hand. Increasingly sensitive mics can pick up a whole lot of back ground nose, so unless you wanted whipping wind speeds in your soundtrack, take note of what your phone is picking up.
Whether you’re using a high-end camera or something more simple like your phone,
here are some good general tips to just consider:
1. Avoid filming outdoors under the noon sun.
Light sources directly over your subjects causes dreary and unattractive shadows on faces under the eyes. Optimal outdoor filming scenarios are dubbed “The Golden Hours”, and are generally during sunrise or sunset, when light is coming from horizontal sources. In addition, cloudy days are actually fantastic for filming – just enough light without having to work around bright spots, shadows, and noon lighting.
2. If possible, use some sort of stabilizing equipment while filming.
This may be a tripod, leaning against a wall, or just a steady hand.
Be wild and creative! It’s time for lights, camera, action!