Is there a checklist or cheat sheet you go over before you start shooting to make sure production goes smoothly?
I’m shooting my first short in 12 days, and I’ve been stressing that I’m going to mess something up. The last thing I want is to delay the shooting process and rack up unnecessary expenses.
–Carrie, Charlotte NC
Throughout your book you talk about cutting, trimming, deleting, editing until you’ve removed all of the bad, redundant, boring parts of your project.
What happens when you cut out all of the bad stuff and then you realize that you don’t have enough good material to complete the project? Are there strategies to make sure you shoot enough great material to edit?
It’s too late to fix my first project (a music video), but I’d sure like to make sure it doesn’t happen on my next one.
Knowing how much to shoot may be the second biggest issue a … Read the rest
I’ve never used a video camera, however my daughter will be getting married this October and I will be filming for the VERY first time. I’m scared stiff ! ! !
Can you please advise me on the best way to capture this special moment.? I would be so very grateful to you.
Wait, you’re shooting video at your daughter’s wedding?
First piece of advice: please re-consider.
Weddings are an emotional ride for any parent-of-the-bride, and whether you wind up blubbering like a 2-year old, dancing on tables or falling-down drunk, holding a video camera will … Read the rest
From How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck, Page 77:
The easiest way to plan a video that’s more complicated than “point at party guests” is by using a shot list.
A shot list is exactly what it sounds like: a list of all the shots you might want in your video. I brainstorm shot lists for every project. I bring them to the set and literally check off they things I want to shoot as they happen. When I get tired, or time runs out (and time always runs out), I go back to my shot list … Read the rest