If you’re a professional or keen video producer, chances are you’re going to need a lower third at some point in your career.
As a filmmaker, you know how important it is to get your lighting right, but this can only really come from a good understanding of how light works. Knowing what you want to achieve is half the battle.
As with all video productions, getting your sound right is crucial for an interview. It’s said that we’re more likely to put up with bad visuals than bad sound, so it’s important to get it right. And it’s not fair on your interviewee to have to go through everything again because you didn’t get it right first time.
Watching someone talk about interview technique is one thing, but having a microphone in hand and a camera at your side with all eyes on you as you prepare to ask questions is a whole other ball game. Pressure can be high, so in this lesson we go through and set some practical exercises to help build your skills, and most importantly your confidence.
When you see an accomplished TV presenter or YouTube star performing on camera, it can seem natural, like a “gift” that you either have or don’t have. But in truth, on-camera performance is a skill that can be learned just like anything else.
Should you speak off the cuff, or write a script and read it off a teleprompter? In this video from my course, Improve Your On-Camera Performance, we’ll look at the pros and cons of both methods. You’ll also get some tips on writing an effective script and how to appear natural while using a teleprompter.
When you’re delivering a video presentation, should you script everything in advance? How do you balance planning and spontaneity? How can you ensure that you appear relaxed and comfortable on camera, even if your nerves are jangling?
If you want to command attention and communicate your message effectively on video, your facial expressions are crucial. In this video from my course, Improve Your On-Camera Performance, you’ll learn about the importance of eye contact and how to use facial expressions to appear more animated, as well as getting more tips to ensure you look your best on camera.
If you’ve developed a love for video and you don’t know about overlays, you need this article. For those who already know, and are searching for the perfect overlay, we’ve got you covered.
When you get in front of a video camera to deliver your presentation, it can be hard to know what to do with your body. How should you stand or sit? What gestures should you use, and what kind of body language should you adopt?
If you want to appear polished on camera, you’ll need well-groomed hair and makeup. (Yes, this applies to both men and women.)
Last week, I gave you tips on the kinds of clothing you can wear to improve your on-camera image. But what about accessories?
What should you wear when you’re appearing on camera? It’s an important decision. Image and appearance matter, especially for a visual medium like video.
In this tutorial series we’ve talked about using a variety of tools to move your camera, with special attention paid to fast-paced documentary shoots. There’s a lot of neat gear out there, both new and time-tested, to help you achieve creative camera motion. Simply getting into a car can introduce many new kinds of shots to help add variety in your documentary edit.