When shooting a clip, the camera operator (or whoever else may be in charge) should cue the talent to start action after about 3 seconds of recording has gone by. AND the camera operator should continue to record for several seconds after the talent is done with action. That way, you don’t miss any of the beginning or end of the talent’s action.
Students who aspire to be talent should practice daily at home. Focus on enunciation. Practice saying all the sounds of the words in a script. Work on pacing/rate. Not too fast, but not too slow.
Keep up with your videos. Archive your work for use in a demo reel. You may want to use it to get a job one day, or as you make application for scholarships or college acceptance. Maybe you’d like to keep your videos archived to show them to friends and family. With a large enough collection of your work done over the years, you’ll be able to detect your continuous improvement.
Audio is very important. Take care to make it sound as good as you can. Proximity to the microphone is important. Using the right mic is important. Avoid noisy places where 60-cycle hum is present. Avoid windy conditions when you can. The camera operator ought to monitor the sound being recorded by the camcorder. USE HEADPHONES to do this!
Avoid overuse of video transitions when editing. If your clips look awkward as they cut or dissolve into each other in your timeline, you should consider the use of b-roll and cutaways.
Watch your videos numerous times with a critical eye. Your most recent project may have been the best you’ve done so far. But you need to strive for continual improvement. Look for obvious technical issues you can correct on the next one.
Frame composition. Learn about it. Don’t waste the space in your frame. Try to stick with the rule of thirds.
Though we’re not famous for storyboarding, we really ought to be doing them. We don’t focus so much on Pre-Production. We’re always in the heat of battle, just trying to get a video done before the deadline. We are not doing this the right way. You should really have a plan for each video project you make, then you’ll be able to know if your video hit the mark.
Consider our audiences. We see these videos. Other students see them. Moms, dads, friends and neighbors see these videos. People you don’t even know watch these videos. Other schools with similar programs are also watching these videos.
Background music and sound effects can make your videos better. But be careful they don’t drown out what’s being said.
Be aware of ethical concerns and legalities. Not just copyright infringement, but individuals’ rights to privacy, etc.