5 Tips To Shoot Videos That’ll Get You Compared To Tarantino And Spielberg
Just like any other art form, making a good video becomes a lot easier if you can master the techniques involved and put into practice the various tips and tricks that you learn along the way. Here are 5 tips to help you shoot high-quality videos that guarantee admiration and applause.
Play with the light, but don’t mess with it
The hallmark of every great filmmaker has been the ability to manipulate light to set the tone for a scene. Variations in lighting can be used to signify a number of things, including helping the audience distinguish between different locations and emotions. However, one has to be careful not to go overboard when experimenting with the lighting. Too much or too little light and the scene will be end up being too dark or appear washed out. Most people are so obsessed with getting the lighting perfect when shooting a video, that they do not experiment with it at all and as a result, the video has a very generic appearance.
The Rule of Thirds is your best friend
Framing a shot is never as easy it seems. You may have the perfect shot in your head that you plan to recreate, but rarely does reality conform to your wishes. If a shot is not framed properly, not only is it visually unappealing, it acts as a massive distraction for viewers. An excellent way to guarantee a well-framed shot is by adhering to the Rule of Thirds. According to the rule, divide the frame into three distinct parts, both horizontally and vertically. The points at which two lines intersect represent the most significant parts of the frame and should be the zone in which the primary subject is the point of focus.
Consider adopting a non-linear storyline
The linear storytelling format is incredibly common. A great way to mix things up is by adopting a non-linear format. Quentin Tarantino was able to adopt non-linear storytelling to great critical acclaim in two of his movies, Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. Whether you are shooting a big budget Hollywood movie or a simple high school video, never discount the impact that non-linear storytelling can have on the audience.
Get plenty of B-roll footage
Many people see B-roll footage as filler and don’t shoot enough B-roll when making a video. However, when used correctly, B-roll footage can be extremely useful. During the editing process, it can be successfully combined with A-roll footage to create remarkable scenes. B-roll footage is also often used to mask any mistakes that were made when shooting the A-roll footage. In order to keep your options open, make sure you shoot plenty of B-roll footage.
Control the urge to zoom
Mastering how and when to zoom in and out of a scene may be tedious work, but the dividends are well worth the effort you put into it. While making a video, it is not uncommon to try out the Ken Burns effect (panning and zooming at the same time). However, once you have mastered the Ken Burns effects, you will have to practice a lot of self-restraint and fight the temptation to employ it in every scene. Zooming in and out too much can end up disorienting the viewer.
Follow these 5 simple tips and you have already taken the first steps towards becoming the next Quentin Tarantino or Seven Spielberg.