I sketched this out a couple weeks ago, but I’m just now getting up. Hopefully I will have a more detailed storyboard soon!
8 Ways to Shoot Video Like a Pro – Rick Broida
I found a lot of this information to reflect some of the knowledge I gained from Kansas Wesleyan’s Lighting Photography Course.
1. RTFM – “Read The F**king Manual”. I will definitely be spending the rest of my time up to my film date learning how to use the camera. I will not be doing the majority of filming for my video, mainly because I’ll be one of the can can dancers. Although I won’t be filming, I would still like to gain some experience with one of the school’s video cameras since I have not had the opportunity until now.
2. Be Prepared – This is an important step. I need to know all of the equipment that I will need, have a spare of anything that has one (battery, camera, cords, etc.), make a checklist, and go through it at least twice before setting off for my shoot and leaving it. I learned this lesson the hard way in my photography class. We had to do an onsite shoot and the first day, the camera would not work properly. The second day, I forgot the slave receiver, which tells the lights to flash when you take your photo.
My list so far:
3. Use a Tripod
4. Raise the Lightings – It’s important to get as much light as possible so I don’t end up with poorly lit shots. I can only edit it so much. With the cameras I’ll be using, hopefully the grainy image won’t be a problem. I will have lights so the saloon isn’t a complete cave.
5. Ace the Audio – The audio is another important part to focus on. I will not have conversations going on in this video. I will be laying over audio, so I will need good recordings.
6. Set Up Your Shots –What this goes over is that it’s important to put thought in to the shots you’ll be filming. I’m actually in the process of doing this for my more detailed storyboard. This also covers that all the special effects, like filters, should be added in the editing software where you can manipulate it.
7. No Digital Zoom – Along with the special effects, you should also do your zooming in the editing software. You can always zoom in with the software, but once you do it with your camera, you can’t zoom back out. The same goes for the filters. Once it’s done, it’s done.
8. Shoot B-Roll – This is footage for any splicing you put in your video. It takes a lot of preplanning so you know what extra shots you need to cut away to. I will be doing some splicing in my video, and I’m also doing this step in my detailed storyboard.
Creative Photography: When is the best time of day to shoot?
This article, which is linked in red above, goes over the different forms of natural light you get during the different times of the day. It covers dawn, sunrise, morning, midday, afternoon, sunset, and dusk.
I’ll be filming around morning and hopefully I’ll be close to finished around midday. Morning still gives off good light, with soft shadows. Midday is the worst time to film because that’s when the sun is at its highest point. This creates harsh shadows. If my shoot happens to go into midday, the next best thing you can hope for are clouds. Since the majority of my film will be inside of the Alamo Saloon, hopefully this will not be too much of an issue.
The best thing I can do to try to be as prepared for the shoot as far as set up and lighting goes is to go down to Old Abilene Town around the time I will be filming.
My “cast” will be showing up around 9a.m. When they show up, the first thing I will have them do is sign release forms before filming them. If I show up at least an hour before, and get everything organized, hopefully this process won’t take too long. Another factor I have to keep in mind is I have one person who I will be filming outside, so I may have them show up an hour before everyone else so I don’t run out of good natural light.
I know that I could use Fair Use for this project since it’s for school, but because I want to use it for outside of school purposes I need to treat it like so. Plus, the practice definitely doesn’t hurt! So, for the use of my release form. . .
I tried finding what is actually considered a minor in the state of Kansas for client/talent release forms. The definition changes with each situation though. For instance, anyone 18+ is considered a legal adult. But, when it comes to alcohol, anyone younger than 21 is a minor. On the other hand, the legal age for consent in Kansas is 16. So, for signing a release form, is a minor anyone under the age of 18 or 16? To be safe, until I find out, I am considering anyone under the age of 18 to be a minor in the state of Kansas. Therefore, anyone who is a minor will need the signature of a parent of legal guardian.
This article shows five common release forms.
Out of the five, there are three that mostly apply to my situation.
1. General Release (non-actors) – This will be used for the gunfighters and any extras that are 18+.
2. Minor Release (need signed by a parent or legal guardian) – The majority of my Can Can Dancers are still in high school and not 18 yet, so this will be useful for them and any other extras.
3. Location Release (photography/film/etc. on property that you do not own) – I do not own Old Abilene Town. I have received permission to film there, but to be on the safe side, I should have a board member sign a release form as well.
This means that I will need to make a release form that applies to each situation.
This book has a list of “Talent Release Form Essentials” on page 192 that I should keep in mind when making my own release forms. It includes:
So I have run into some issues with the dates that I have chosen for filming my project. I should have looked at a calendar before picking dates. Originally I had put aside four days: Saturday April 12th, Sunday April 13th, Saturday April 19th, or Sunday April 20th. After looking at the calendar, I found that Saturday, April 12th is the Eisenhower marathon, Sunday, April 13th is Palm Sunday, and Sunday April 20th is Easter Day. I’m going to have to make April 19th work. If I push the date to an earlier time, then I won’t have enough time to get prepared for the shoot. I will put aside Saturday, April 26th if April 19th does not work for some reason (mostly due to the bipolar Kansas weather).
I roughly have 9 weeks to complete my project. This is my schedule I have made for myself in order to keep myself organized and help me keep track of the amount of time I have left to finish this video.
Week 1: March 10 – March 16
Week 2: March 17 – March 23 (Spring Break)
Week 3: March 24 – March 30
Week 4: March 31 – April 6
Week 5: April 7 – April 13
Week 6: April 14 – April 20
Week 7: April 21 –April 27
Week 8: April 28 – May 4
Week 9: May 5 – May 11