Well, you know what we said in our introduction about not filming on your phone …well, actually, you could skip it! Because, of course, your first tentative steps into producing a DIY video from home will, more than likely be done on your smartphone. And this is not a problem, it can still work and of course, if you are using something a bit more advanced than an iPhone to shoot on, these tips can also be used.
So we are assuming you have decided to shoot your film, movie or short video from home, possibly on your mobile phone and your editing suite will be on a laptop or home computer. And that’s fine.
FILMING FROM HOME – FIVE TOP TIPS TO GET THE BEST OUT OF YOUR EQUIPMENT
- GO SIDEWAYS, BABY
You want to keep your phone – or whatever it is – horizontal, so the image is filmed in widescreen as much as possible. If you are using a laptop to film or don’t go pulling it out or back from the base.
- INVEST IN A TRIPOD, EVEN A CHEAP ONE
You do not have to spend a lot of money here, but we would advise the use of a tripod, that maybe would only set you back about $20 or so.
You want to make sure that whatever you are taking the film with is at the same height as your subject is. So if you are filming a person, you obviously want it to be at the same level as their face.
If you’re using a laptop to film, you may be able to get around this by setting it on a something flat, but if it’s a phone, or a tablet or even a camera (!) then this simply won’t work properly, not if you want the film to come out evenly. We have tried and had to conclude that a tripod is best in these situations.
- CONSIDER THE SPEED OF THE FILM
You want to shoot at a rate of 24 frames per second. This should already be the preset option on your iPhone.
- DON’T ZOOM IN!
The zoom feature may seem like your friend, but it’s not really. If you want to get close to something for your short film, the best way is simply to move closer to your object. It will just make what you are trying to video come out very blurred. Also, the best distance to be from the person – if it is a person – that you are filming is roughly one or two feet away.
- USE A SECONDARY DEVICE TO RECORD THE SOUND
To get the best from your basic DIY film studio, you want to have a separate device to record the sound with. Here, we are assuming you are not already using an independent microphone and relying on your phone or laptop to produce this film. That’s all good you just need another one of them. Using the same device to record both sound and vision could well result in your sound quality being compromised.