Film producers are obviously not the only ones making videos nowadays. Bloggers, influencers and digital marketers know that video increases customer engagement and improves their presence on search engines and social media.
This sudden need for more video, especially in 2020 since the coronavirus occurred, has caused companies and individuals alike to develop their own video departments. Unfortunately, not every business has the resources to hire multiple people just for filming. Instead, that task is often laid upon one individual.
So, if that is you, how can you shoot a high-quality film for little money and with only one person? It can be done! Here are some tips on how to film a video by yourself.
Where will you shoot?
Obviously, you cannot film in a busy office. While a studio is not necessary, you do want to find a location without distraction or background noise. For instance, grab an empty conference room (with a lockable door) and make sure you hang a sign outside that says “Quiet please, filming.”
Once you’ve pinpointed where you will film, take some time to dress up your set. Add decor and if necessary, extra lighting.
What kind of camera do I need?
If you are shooting your video solo, then you will need a camera that works remotely (we are assuming you are also the on-screen talent). Even better, get a camera with autofocus.
- DSLR Camera
- External Monitor
For smaller budgets, it’s often possible to rent filming equipment rather than purchase it outright. (Relying on your cell phone to shoot video just doesn’t always cut it!) Check with local rental houses to see what types of equipment are available and keep in mind that they will require you to have rental insurance before letting you rent.
Positioning the Camera
Adjust the tripod so that the camera lens is just above your eye line and point it down slightly. Position a laptop or external monitor nearby so that you can view the shot remotely before starting to film. Attach the microphone to the stand or position it near where you will be standing so that it picks up the audio clearly.
Lighting is also crucial. Soft light is best and make sure that it is balanced. You can place lights to either side of the camera at about the same height as the lens. Dial the brightness up or down depending on how you want the video to look. Remember to check that external monitor to see how it looks and if any shadows are going to mar the footage.
Then, start filming.
It’s as easy as that.